Keeping the Moon

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Colie expects the worst when she’s sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast — first for being fat and then for being “easy” — Colie has no friends at home and doesn’t expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along

Read: September 26, 2012

Really, last Sarah Dessen book I will mention. I promise.

Same formula-

The troubled teen: Colie. Has dyed black hair and lip ring. Has been sent by her fitness guru mom to Colby to stay with her quirky overweight Aunt Mira.

The trouble: everyone at school hates her, thinks she’s a slut. Was fat before.

The knight in also troubled armor: Norman. Hippie, artist, cook at the Last Chance. Father is a famous salesman who doesn’t support his art.

Supporting cast: Isabel and Morgan- best friends, pretty and kind towards Colie. Aunt Mira- eccentric, makes condolence cards and loves junk shopping.

My favorite character would have to be Isabel. She’s awesome and totally kick-ass. She was like Colie before (although HOW, they didn’t elaborate)and she managed to get out of that funk. She realized she needs to love herself and start demanding the treatment she deserves. Isabel is protective of her friends and has take Colie under her wing. She’s not sweet like Morgan, but she obviously cares. I can relate to Isabel more than any character I’ve read.

I like the flow of the book, I was surprised when I already reached the last page. I thought there’d be more closures- like an explanation of the Norman/Big Norman situation, or how Aunt Mira really feels and how she copes, or how Colie will fare with reality once school starts again, or what happens to Norman when Josh decides to call by August.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. So 2.5 out of 5 stars. Let’s leave it at that.

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