Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

#4 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: Speak
Country: USA
Publication Date: May 11, 2004
ISBN: 0142401765
Page Count: 228

Also published as Last Chance, Keeping the Moon is the story of fifteen-year-old Colie is spending the summer with her eccentric Aunt Mira while her mother travels. Formerly chubby and still insecure, Colie has built a shell around herself. But her summer with her aunt, her aunt's tenant Norman, and her friends at the Last Chance Diner teach her some important lessons about friendship and learning to love yourself.

Keeping the Moon (also published as Last Chance) by Sarah Dessen is the quirky and heart warming story of former chubster 15 year old Colie. She is sent to stay with her eccentric Aunt Mira, a fat artist who designs condolence cards (for your dead post man, former pets and ex-lovers). Along for the ride is arty Norman, bitchy Isabel and proverb spouting Morgan.

Keeping the Moon is about friendships, self confidence and acceptance. If you can accept and respect yourself then others will follow suit. Dessen is trying to share Colie's experiences with her readers by showing that words can only hurt if you believe them.

This is an excellent read for teenage girls, especially those who can empathise with Colie. However, Dessen has some issues in this book. The idea, while not entirely unoriginal, follows the usual story of girl feels unworthy, girl has makeover, girl feels confident, girl meets boy. The story can be predictable at times and the characters are mostly one dimensional until they inspire an epiphany in Colie.

Keeping the Moon was a teenage favourite of mine, but I have unfortunately outgrown it. I hope others can enjoy it as I used to.

Raiding Bookshelves Rating
Judging by the cover: There is a trend I have noticed on YA covers. Instead of showing something that encompasses the focus of the narrative, they show an attractive teen. Faces, necks, legs or torso, the cover model shows a glimpse of teenage skin and leaves it at that. The best part about the KtM cover is the pair of sunglasses hanging from her shorts.

Originally posted: 6th January 2011(Raiding Bookshelves)

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book. I have read most of Sarah Dessen's books and really liked them. This one had a very strong message about being proud of who you are. This book isn't like most of the other books like that, because you get to watch Colie(main character) go through the process of not feeling very good about herself to very confident.


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