Keeping the Moon was an impulse grab that I actually did quite enjoy. I hadn’t read anything else of Dessen’s, but I had heard of her. A few of her other books were on my “to read” list, but none of them were available that day at the library, so I grabbed Keeping the Moon instead.
In Keeping the Moon, Dessen tells the story of Colie, a teenage misfit who is sent to live with her bizarre aunt while her mother is busy touring
Europe to promote her fitness
program. Although Colie’s always thought
her aunt was a little strange, over the summer they spend together she finally
begins to understand where her aunt is coming from. Along the way she begins to understand
herself a little better as well, and even her own mother. Her summer is filled with days of working in
the local bar and grill where she gets a summer job. Her nights spent with her wacky aunt and
friends she makes in the small town.
This is a classic coming of age story with twists and turns that keep it interesting. It may not have been the best book I read this year, but I appreciated Dessen’s writing style, and the story kept me entertained. Dessen reminded me just what it felt like to be a confused teenager who always seemed just a little confused, a little out of place, and always just a few steps behind everyone else. This was a quick read, so it’d be great for a day at the beach or even a rainy day indoors. And like I always say, “I love a book that can make me laugh and cry.”