Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sarah Dessen Week: "Keeping the Moon"

I really enjoyed reading "Keeping the Moon" because it doesn't follow the pattern of a lot of Sarah's books: Girl has problems, Girl meets boy, Boy Helps Girl get over problem and they live happily ever after. I mean, those stories of Sarah's are really incredible, I love them, but the fun part about this book is that it isn't the guy who really helps her get over her low self esteem (the main conflict in the book), her friends do. And, I mean, let's be honest, this is probably gonna be what most of us go through. We aren't all going to find these gorgeous, wonderful, sensitive, guys, the perfect guys for us at ages 15-19!! But we will always have our friends.

Here is a summary (no spoilers!):

Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.

Also, I love the character of Mira. She is just so quirky! I also love Isabel, because even though she hated high school and didn't have an ideal school experience, she still has confidence. All in all, this is a wonderful, charming story.

To learn more about Sarah and her books go to http://www.sarahdessen.com/ , http://www.sarah-land.com/ or keep coming back to OfficiallyMRS every day this week to read more reviews of Sarah's books.

More to come,


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