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Sunday, January 18, 2009

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.

Sarah Dessen's third novel is better than a Cinderella story--unlike a fairy tale, it COULD happen. To YOU.

What i thought:First of all, i have to say, this is my least favorite out of all of Sarah Dessen's books. I thought that the story did NOT flow very well, and I got really bored throughout the story, so bored that i had to put the book down repeatedly, as my mind would continue to WANDER and WANDER and WANDER. . . i think you get it.

For another thing, I just didnt like the overall story:

  • Fat girl not so fat any more; mom goes away as Kiki Sparks, newly-thin infomercial star
  • Not so fat anymore fat girl goes to live with eccentric aunt, Mira, for the summer
  • Colie (the previously mentioned not so fat anymore fat girl) is a total bitch to sweet Norman--who i personally loved since they mentioned him in the beggining of the book
  • Colie is totally unconfident, but not in a way that i could relate to. More in a pathetic, annoying way, that made me want to scream, rather then help her.
  • Colie is so stupid throughout the entire story: she in always negative, falling within herself, even when she had reasons to be happy or positive.
  • Colie finally lets herself get to know Norman and obviously likes him, and he OBVIOUSLY likes her, too, but she wont even listen to her own heart or let herself relish in the happy tingly feelings she gets when she sees him
  • The not-so-resolving/not-so-great ending

One word to describe this book: Blech

One to ten rating (one being horrid, ten being amazing): 5

What i say to you: Dont bother; its a waiste of time. Read Dessen's other novels, especially The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, and This Lullaby.

Basically what im saying is this: If you have read Sarah Dessen's other books, and loved them. . . dont waiste your time reading this one, because you assume its going to be just as good as the others. If you HAVENT read Sarah Dessen's other books, but hear they are great, and pick this one to start. . . well, your screwed. Sorry, guys, i know i shouldnt have even BOTHERED posting about a book i dislike to much. . . but i needed to say SOMETHING about it.

If you do read this book, or already have, and like it. . . well all i can say is this: Wow.

Added on January 18th, 2009 at 9:18 PM: I guess this book wasnt TOTALLY horrible. . i was sort of being harsh (thanks Hope! hehe). . . i suppose i was just a tad upset about the fact that this book was nothing like i thought it would be. . . yeah. Well, anyway, give it a try. Its a 50 50 chance you'll like it. . .

Well, anyway, i guess this book is allright



Steph said...

Interesting. I keep hearing this is Sarah's best. Hmm varying views =/ I'll just have to read and see for myself!


Lenore Appelhans said...

Never even heard of this one, though I have Just Listen on my shelf and really need to read it!!

simply nerdy book reviews said...

Steph: thats weird. everyone i know said it was boring, but i HAD to read it.

Lenore: I hadnt heard of this one either. Until one of my friends read it, that is. You'll love Just Listen, though. One of my favorites!

Anonymous said...

I loved this book!!!!!! It was really awsome. I think it had a lot of great lessons. I loved that romance and the meaning of friendhsip were envolved. I read That Summer by Sarah Dessen, and I didn't think it was that good.

Anonymous said...

well the first time i tried reading it when i was like thirteen i couldnt stand it it bored me so much. but i just read it again today and i liked it lol. sometimes you need to listen to something or watch it or read a second time through.

simply nerdy book reviews said...

Anonymous: no, i just really disliked Collie and that completely ubstructed my views of this novel.

Plus, That Summer was my least favorite book by Sarah--until i read this one, that is

Anonymous said...

I liked this book. Not love but just like. I am only on chapter 12 tho. But it has inspired me. I mean I am getting bullied and it just showed me how to ingnore and stand up to that.

simply nerdy book reviews said...

Anonymous, i definately enjoyed the bullying aspect, as i constantly am because of my love of books. Which is why the books got a 5 out of 10; it was SORT OF relatable . . . eh.


Anonymous said...

I like Keeping the Moon you but it is my least favourite Sarah book as well.

Anonymous said...

If you didnt like it then shut up about it! I liked this book but just because you dont like that doesnt mean you need to say to everyone else dont read it@


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