I have actually read Keeping the Moon before, but I am a big Sarah Dessen fan and I felt like reading it again to refresh my memory. I also can't buy her newest book because of this Impossibook Challenge. Except for her newest book I have read every Sarah Dessen book. She is coming to Toronto in September. I. Will. Be. There.
Most of Dessen's books take place during the summer and therefore that's my favourite time to read them. They also usually consist of a girl who has low self-esteem, shyness... the usual teen fiction ingredients. This may seem dry to you all, but there is something about Sarah Dessen's books that I just love. Most of her stories are simple but many of her characters (they seem to all be the same person. Still love her!) I feel like I can relate to in some way from when I was in high school.
Colie is sent to live with her aunt Mira for the summer in the small town of Colby. Colie and her mother, Kiki Sparks, used to be overweight. Colie refers to this time in her life as the "fat years." Her and her mother would jump from town to town where her mother would take on odd jobs. Kiki hits the jack pot when she starts working at a gym and because of her amazing personality she becomes a huge workout/diet celebrity. Her new success also meant that Kiki and Colie were no longer overweight.
Colie sometimes misses the "fat years" because her mother had more time for her and she found her layers of flab comforting, as they shielded her from the teasing of classmates. Colie, no longer big, comes to Colby with no friends back home, a lip ring, and poorly-died black hair. Guess what folks?! She is going to find out who she really is in this small town!
Colie makes some new friends at the Quick Stop restaurant, Isabelle and Morgan, who help her become a stronger teenager who can take on any snooty blonde popular girl back home. Colie also learns from her aunt Mira that it doesn't matter what people think of you as long as you are happy with who you are. Norman the art boy who also works as the cook at the Quick Stop becomes the love interest later on in the book. Colie leaves the novel with way more friends than she started out with. This is usually the case with most of Dessen's book. Happy Endings.
I know I poke fun at Sarah Dessen but I do really love her books. I am a big fan of Teen Fiction (I hope none of you took the Wall Street Journal article too seriously. Click here to read if you have not --> Stupid. ) and it is nice to see simple stories that teens love and can relate to... and is a break from the vampire scene.
Even if you are not a teen give Sarah Dessen a try! It is summer time! The perfect time to start!
Impossibook Rating: A
- Did Morgan and Isabelle own the Quick Stop? They hired Colie without a resume and didn't even call her references? They came and went as they pleased? It didn't seem like they owned it though?
- Most of Sarah Dessen's books take place in the summer and take place in a nice small town near the beach. Who couldn't reinvent themselves near the beach? WHO?
- Keeping the Moon is Sarah Dessen's third novel. She now has 10 books!
- Sarah Dessen also has a habit of creating perfect boys in her novels. She admits this and also admits that she hopes they exist in the real world. Here is a video where she talks about her new book and boys. (I feel so young when I use the word "boys". All my friends who are male are now men... even if they sometimes act like boys...or all of the time)