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The Girl Who Chased the Moon Hardcover – 5 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444706616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444706611
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 20.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a bewitching read in every sense, taking you to a world of regrets, missed opportunities and lost loves found again. Magical (Glamour Must Read on THE SUGAR QUEEN)

'A bewitching tale laced with magic, hope and wit, a pure delight' (Bookseller on THE SUGAR QUEEN)

This compelling book has it all - passion, romance and sibling rivalry. This is Sarah Addison Allen's first novel - she's definitely one to watch (My Weekly on GARDEN SPELLS)

Beguiling . . . leaves a magical spell that enchants as it draws you in. An absolute gem. (Now on GARDEN SPELLS)

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Captivating new novel by the author of GARDEN SPELLS will enchant readers looking for light, magical escapism.

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Apparently Sarah Addison Allen is pushing "magical realism" as far as it can go without actually writing fantasy. "The Girl Who Chased The Moon" is a lushly written little novel that injects the everyday world of a little Southern town with magic, mystery and alluring sweetness, and Allen's writing is absolutely exquisite.

After her mother's death, Emily is sent to live in the town of Mullaby with her reclusive giant of a grandfather Vance Shelby, and soon finds that Mullaby is a strange place -- strange ghostly lights dance outside the house, and the wallpaper's pattern shifts to fit her moods. She quickly makes friends with Julia, a woman with a troubled past who has a knack for baking magical cakes, and a quirky young man named Win Coffey.

But Emily soon discovers that not all the people of Mullaby are so friendly -- especially the wealthy Coffey family -- and that her do-gooding mother used to be the cruel queen-bee. Over the days that follow, old secrets are laid bare as Julia confronts the ghosts of her thwarted high school love, and Emily discovers what her mother did to the Coffey clan -- and what secrets she exposed to the world.

Ghostly dancing lights that return lost jewelry, wallpaper that changes with your moods, a gentle giant, and a family that never EVER goes out at night. "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" has a gentle, magical air that makes it feel a little like a fairy tale in a small Southern town, and Sarah Addison Allen injects that feeling into almost every part of the book.
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Format: Hardcover
Sarah Addison Allen yet again provides us with her outstanding skill in The Girl Who Chased the Moon. After finishing each of Allen's books there is a sense of joy and peace that is also touched with loss. Allen's literary skills are beautiful, mixing the worlds of love, nature, family and magic she is a true blessing to her adoring fans. Giants, things that glow in the night, human powers and intense love..... always a joy to read, hope we don't have to wait long for the next one.
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By Eleni TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a lovely little book that is light and easy to read.

Emily Benedict reluctantly goes to live with a grandfather she never met before, in a strange small town in North Carolina, after her mother's death. Her grandfather's deserted old house is visited by strange lights at night and her room has a magical wallpaper which changes on its own, without warning. Emily has to cope with her mother's loss and the town's hostility towards her. Soon she befriends Julia, a lonely woman with a troubled past, who used to know her mother, and an attractive young man with a haunting secret, who help her understand her mother's background and discover herself.

Once again Sarah Addison Allen delivers an excellently written, coming of age story with a touch of magic. Her heartbroken, lonely and usually misfit characters accept their uniqueness and find love and happiness, overcoming superstitions, insecurities and social conventions. The plot, although a little predictable, is well developed, with beautiful descriptions and likable characters. I remember reading somewhere, the term "magical realism" regarding Allen's work, and I think that it brilliantly describes it. The element of magic in the book is enough to enrich the story and remind the reader of the magic that exists in real life, without making it a fantasy, or science fiction novel.

The book also includes the fascinating section "A Year of Full Moons", with notes on myths and lore regarding each month's full moon.
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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
The small town of Mullaby in North Carolina, where everybody knows everybody else's business, is a tough environment for Emily Benedict to be introduced, a young teenager coming to live with her grandfather after the death of her mother in a recent car accident. The town indeed proves to be not very welcoming to Emily on account of her mother's troubled relationship with the son of one of the town's most important families, but it's a side to her mother than Emily doesn't recognise and is unwilling to accept. There are other secrets however in the town that people prefer not to speak about, but there are also others who try to make Emily feel welcome, making Mullaby a strange and sometimes magical place to the young seventeen year-old girl.

The Girl who chased the Moon does seem to be pitched as a young-adult book, confronting issues of bereavement, bullying, self-harm, sexual awakening and teenage pregnancy - or simply just the difficulties of any young person trying to fit into an adult world that is difficult to comprehend, seeming to be made up of secrets that no-one wants to talk about. The book is however is anything but academic in its treatment of these issues, delicately casting a spell of mild magic over it all, without diminishing the importance of the subjects.

It's consequently a wonderfully light and entertaining read, with a laid-back Southern States feel that is delightfully enchanting and never talks down to the young reader. The author presents reasonably complex characters who are not entirely one thing or the other, but rather show many facets of their personality and have the capacity to be reflective and change. The magical elements then are not a distraction, but a way of expressing the complex emotional make-up of the characters and the forces of attraction that lie between them, and it works wonderfully.
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