The Moon and More

The Moon and More

eBook - 2013
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Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough. Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby. Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby? Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going? Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Group US, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101598726
Characteristics: 1 online resource (384 p.)


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Apr 22, 2018

Wonderfully written story. I've come to expect nothing less from Sarah Dessen. This story is so tangible and relatable. Emily's journey and experiences in this book remind me that life isn't always what you expect. Sometimes you don't need everything in life to be the BEST THING EVER! Sometimes it's needs to just be.
Great book! I'd highly recommend it!

Oct 23, 2017

I identify well with the main character because I always saw my life as bigger when I was living in my hometown of Scranton, PA. It makes me feel normal that I want more from my life and not just settle for mediocre.

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Jun 01, 2017

this book was ok i liked it, i also recomand it. :)

Jan 07, 2017

The moon and more was the third book I had read from Sarah Dessen and was thoroughly happy on how this book turned out. The first two books were well written and the plots were interesting so I was praying that the third book was going to come with the same outcome, and it was a perfect success. The story was connectable in many ways which had me more inclined to finish the book because It was that good. I really enjoyed the idea that this author was just given the idea, instead of coming up with it, and could openly fess to it. Emaline, the main character, is a girl that has grown up in a beach town with her perfect boyfriend and the perfect summers. One summer enters in two people in her life, her father and Theo, who both think that she can go places greater than her hometown. While her father urges her to attend an Ivy League college, Theo tries to get her to step out of her comfort zone and try to expand her horizons beyond school. I really liked this quick and easy book and recommend it to anyone looking for a lovely YA Novel. 4/5 Stars. @PocketFullOfBooks22 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Emaline is facing a few tough decisions as her last year before college slowly unfolds. She loves her quiet town, but is receiving a lot of pressure from her parents to get into an Ivy League program. Although Luke has been a constant unchanging variable in her high school life, her feelings for him are changing as she meets Theo, an aspiring filmmaker. Everything around Emaline is changing, and so are her thoughts on the world. It’s her life, and she has to decide how to live it. This novel a heartfelt story about self-discovery that stars a relatable female heroine. I liked the character development for Emaline and how she progressed and matured throughout the novel. The plot was a little bland but her birth father really spiced it up. As for the romance, I didn’t really enjoy reading about Theo or Luke and I think it wasn’t as swoon worthy as her other books. But overall, it was a nice and light read. Rating:3.5/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This story was pretty connectable, in many different ways. I really like the idea that this author was just given the idea, instead of coming up with it, and could openly admit it. Emaline, the main character, is a girl that has grown up in a beach town with her perfect boyfriend and the perfect summers. Now, one summer, enters in her father and Theo, who both think that she can go places greater than her hometown. While her father urges her to attend an Ivy League college, Theo tries to get her to step out of her normal and small zone. This also isn't a classical love story, which brought me closer to reality, but kind of sad that things didn't really work like I thought they would. Overall, it was great to read! 5/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeTiegan Nov 29, 2016

A classic Sarah Dessen novel, that features a beautiful coming-of-age, self-realization story. Set in a small town, where all the locals know each other (or least know *of* each other), this novel revolves around the story of Emaline's last summer before going off to college. Relationships end and begin and each have a lesson to teach, but all of them are also wonderfully realistic. Once again, Dessen does not disappoint.

Apr 11, 2015

In the summer before college, Emaline is working at her family's vacation rental in the beach town of Colby when she starts to question her "perfect" relationship with her boyfriend Luke, as well as her complicated relationship with her absentee father. When a stranger named Theo comes to town, life starts to unravel...or is she finally starting to see the kind of life she really wants?

Here are the things I love about this book, and about all of Dessen's stories: the absolutely real and mundane details that make up life. Family ties that shape who are you are. The spark of romantic interest. Great friendships. The pleasure of doing ordinary things, like playing silly putt putt games with your brother, or experiencing the satisfaction of doing a great job at something you're good at. The Moon and More also features earnest dates that tank, worries about college, the sadness of changing relationships, and the out-of-body feeling that comes when you realize your parents are actually flawed but good people. I leave every Dessen town feeling as if I've visited a real place full of real people who quietly go about their business and quietly dream about things that might never come true. As per usual, the author maintains her tendency to reference the title too many times, which is a pet peeve of mine. I enjoyed reading about Emaline's problems, but I think she could have used some more joy in this book, too. And I have to say, I wasn't a huge fan of Theo, there wasn't as much swoon in this book as I'm used to in other novels by this author, although there's a hint towards the end that something great could develop down the road. But as always, Sarah Dessen delivers a terrific summer book. I like heroines who can take down their enemies with a single blow who know the exact right one-liner to toss off at the right moment, but I love the more introverted heroines like the ones found in these contemporary novels, too. While a lot of fantasy authors indulge us by writing about the kind of girl we wish we'd been at the age of seventeen, Sarah Dessen writes about the kind of uncertain, quietly determined girl we actually were.

Feb 24, 2015

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen is so far my favourite book by Dessen that I have read. It is about a girl named Emaline who lives in a beach town called Colby. She has a boyfriend, Luke, whom she has second thoughts about once she meets Theo, a sophisticated New Yorker. Emaline is also facing pressure from her family to receive an Ivy League education. Emaline is torn between the future Theo and her father say is best for her and the familiarity of Colby. The Moon and More is in general, a great read. I especially enjoyed reading it during the summer because that is when the novel takes place. The novel mainly deals with the theme of growing up, which I could relate to because like Emaline, I am going to university in the fall. I thought that Dessen really captured what it's like to be a teenager who is uncertain about the future in Emaline. The Moon and More is mostly light-hearted and easy to read but what really got me hooked was the suspense of what and who Emaline would ultimately choose- Luke or Theo, leaving home or staying. I enjoy novels that can incorporate heavy themes with happier ones, and The Moon and More does a great job of that. Even though this novel is very typical to the other books Sarah Dessen has written, she still does a good job of making it distinct in its own way from the rest. Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good summer or any time read.

monicamilroy Oct 21, 2014

Not one of my favorites. She has done better. It was very slow moving and took forever to get into the story and introduce the characters.

Aug 09, 2014

This story focuses on Emaline, teenager who is trying to make her last “high school summer” count. She has so much to do with working at her family’s beach house rental company and her long time perfect boyfriend Luke, she can already feel the time flying by, and she doesn't really wants things to change. However, things start to spiral out of control when her father announces in his own quiet way that’s he’s coming to see her this summer. She also meets Theo, a New Yorker interested in film who happens to stay at Colby for the summer. Theo is different and reminds Emaline that there is life outside of Colby. I really love Sarah Dessen’s books, I've read all of them and when I heard a new one was coming out I was really excited. So why was this book a bit of a let down for me? Maybe it’s because I've already read some of Sarah Dessen’s best work so I’m a bit more picky now, or maybe it’s because I just didn’t really like Emaline. I mean, she was relatable and I guess by the end I liked her but it was just some of her decisions were just kind of selfish and futile. Compared to her best friends, she seemed a bit boring. The romance in this book wasn't as adorable as some of Sarah Dessen’s others, but it was pretty cute. Overall, if your into chic lits and looking for a fast summer read, you should try this book it’s not just about choosing the right guy, its coming to terms with the fact that the future is scary, but we have to move forward and make sure we aren't always looking at the past.

Jul 22, 2014

I think some of Sarah Dessen's other titles are better, but this book wasn't bad and did have some cute and funny parts. I recommend reading this book if you're just looking for an okay book, and this would satisfy someone searching for a little summer romance.

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