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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Jun 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141348291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141348292
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been writing, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. I was always a big reader, mostly because my parents were. I used to get frustrated with my mom because she bought me books for Christmas when what I really wanted were the gifts my friends got, things like sweaters and jewelry. But I did love to read. When I was eight or nine my parents gave me an old manual typewriter and a little desk in the corner of our den, and I'd sit there and type up my stories. I was the kind of kid that people always sighed over and said, "She has such a wild imagination," which usually meant "I wish Sarah would try to stick to the truth." I have a tendency to embellish: I think it's just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it's hard not to do it all the time."The books I read when I was teenager, the good ones anyway, have stuck more in my mind than anything since. I still love books, but while I couldn't tell you complete plots of novels I read even six months ago, I do remember even the smallest descriptive details from Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die or Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I think it was because back then books were still somewhat new to me, and when I found an author who seemed to say just what I was feeling, it really struck me and resonated. I hope that my books do that for the people who read them: I think it's the best thing to which any writer can aspire. "As far as my other life, my non-writing life, I live in the country with my husband, some lizards, and two dogs who are completely spoiled and rule me completely. I like to work in my garden---although I have not yet perfected the art of keeping everything alive----and, in my weaker moments, shop. I have a bit of an addiction to the Gap clearance rack, to be honest. I have this strange need to buy huge quantities of black pants. How many pairs of black pants does one person need? (Obviously for me, the answer is 11 and counting. But I digress.) What else can I tell you? I love Starbucks mochas but they make me way hyper. I subscribe to too many magazines. I make a mean bean salad. I could go on, but the truth is, my books are much more exciting than I am, and that's a good thing. It's always more fun to make stuff up anyway."

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A poignant coming-of-age story (Big Issue)

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is the author of seven stunning YA novels: Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, Lock and Key, That Summer, Along for the Ride and The Moon and More. She is a New York Times bestseller and is sold in over 27 different countries around the world. She lives in the countryside in North Carolina, USA, with her daughter, husband, some lizards and two very spoilt dogs - read her once and fall in love.

Sarah-Land.com/ sarahdessen.com | @sarahdessen


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By e on 11 Jun 2013
Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of Sarah Dessen and own every one of her books. I was thrilled when, having pre-ordered this book, it arrived two days before the expected delivery date, and couldn't wait to read it. However, it was very, very difficult for me to get into. Normally I am completely immersed in Dessen's books from start to finish; I found this to be slow-paced, although the story itself was interesting, it wasn't amazing, and just never seemed to reach a peak. There were parts that I felt were made a big deal of and then never resolved. The characters seemed to lack the charm and reality of those in Dessen's other books, and I found it hard to empathise with the main character, Emaline. I'm so disappointed that I didn't enjoy it because I was literally thrilled about the release of this, and absolutely love Dessen's other books.
I would definitely recommend some of Dessen's other books over this for first time readers - such as That Summer, Someone Like You or Last Chance - as I find those books truly compelling. Dessen is a wonderful writer, and I love everything from her characters to the style of her prose, and felt that the Moon and More, while still good, doesn't do her justice.
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By H J Parfitt on 26 May 2014
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Sarah Dessen never disappoints me. Another fantastic book. Highly recommended to any hard-core Dessen fan and newbies alike. Loved it.
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I decided to pick up The Moon and More much earlier than I'd planned because I'm still on a contemporary kick. The past couple of Sarah Dessen novels I've read haven't been amazing, and this one was exactly the same. Although I enjoyed it, I was forcing myself to read parts of it and I wasn't really a fan of the characters.

Emaline and Luke have been together since they started high school but Emaline is starting to wonder about their relationship. Enter Theo, a New York boy assisting his boss on a documentary about a local artist. Emaline and Theo hit it off which then causes trouble for her and Luke. On top of that, Emaline is also dealing with an absentee father who is constantly letting her down. Emaline loves the idea of getting out of Colby, but she also loves being with her family, so it's up to Emaline to decide what her heart wants.

First off, Emaline was one of the very few characters I liked in this book. She was nice, genuine and incredibly smart. She worked her ass off the get into an Ivy League College, only to have her father let her down. She's also incredibly strong when it comes to dealing with her father. She manages to not let him show how hurt she is that he let her down. Emaline has a big family after her mother married her step-father when she was 2. She helps run the family business and I just loved how close her whole family were.

I didn't really like either of the love interests in this book. Luke seemed like a nice guy, but then he never listened to Emaline or let her explain and then went off and did something stupid. And then there's Theo. I started off loving Theo. He was so focused and driven and he cared about Emaline. But the further into the book I got, the more he started to piss me off.
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I was so, so happy when 'The Moon and More' was first released. I've read and loved Dessen's other novels, ever since I just happened to pick up 'Lock and Key' one day. However, some of the less than enthusiastic reviews here on Amazon did discourage me from reading this book for quite a while. Eventually, I did.

I loved it.

So I'm here to try to provide some balance.

What I find really great about Dessen's books is that they are all fantastic summer reads. They are light and easy while still managing to touch on deeper issues. Dessen is a great storyteller, and she does not disappoint here. The beginning of the novel is great, instantly drawing the reader in. The entirety is well-written, gripping, with a very strong narrative voice.

I really like Emaline. I like her back-story, I like her personality, I like that she is eighteen and not in high-school. The other characters are also - for the most part - fantastic. I did not, so much, like Theo. I thought Dessen could have done more with his character, he is just a bit too... convenient. Same was the case with Ivy. But hey, no book is perfect.

I really like that Dessen's books are, in some way or another, interwoven. 'The Moon and More' features Auden and Heidi from my personal favourite, 'Along for the Ride' (which I am recommending you read right now!).

There were bits that I did find quite moving. Benji, for one. Emaline's father for another. Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle thing going on but it isn't in your face and awkward like - oh! - every other triangle. It's alright.

I think this is definitely worth a read. I also recommend some of Dessen's other books including 'Along for the Ride', 'What Happened to Goodbye', 'Lock and Key' and 'Last Chance'.

If you do read this one, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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I Sarah Dessen's writing, but this is not her best.
The ending was predictable, the male characters (other than Morris) were dull.
I was disappointed, don't get me wrong I liked it, but usually I love her work.

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