"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?"
I'm a fan of Sarah Dessen. I love her books. Everyone of them is special and unique in its own way, like fingerprints. But this? Maybe it's because it's been awhile since I've read Sarah Dessen's books. Or it is truly not just me. I don't like the Moon and More. I found myself frequently mimicking/mouthing the voice and tone of Emaline.
Anyway, The Moon and More has some good messages to the teen folks (and the older folks), but I found The Moon and More lacked some chemistry and character. The cool and awesomeness, too. The Moon and More is quite different than other books. While the other books...Oh wait, I'm getting ahead of myself and revealing the spoilers. Never mind.
The beginning of The Moon and More is addicting and connecting. Bam! Instant connection, just like that. When I read the description of Luke, I'm like "What!?! Emaline, you idiot! He's the most awesomest boyfriend in the whole wide world. How could you not like him?" Yeah, well, Emaline is an idiot sometimes. And Luke is a hottie.
The plot is awesome. It totally went up and down, side to side. It moves quickly to the point of the readers trying to stay on Emaline's heel. Yeah, it gets annoying, not knowing where you are in the fiction world. (Done it way too many times.)
The ending makes me want to smack Emaline's head to the concrete. Yeah, I'm pretty upset and pretty bored by the events that happened in The Moon and More. Dang nabbit. I didn't even like the stuff that happened after the one hundred pages mark.
Rating: One out of Five