The moon and more
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?
Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.
I love Sarah Dessen books. And this was no exception.
This book takes place in Colby, previously visited in 'Along for the ride' with Auden. Colby is where the tourists keep coming, stay for the summer and just like that, are gone. But to Emaline, Colby is home. Or at least till summer ends. All around her, she has seen people leave as quickly as they come, now it's her turn. She's leaving for school in the fall. But before that she meets over ambitious Theo, bonds with her kid brother, works as assistant to a bad tempered boss and wins Best Dressed Couple with her best friend one last time. With what starts out as the same as usual summer with the gorgeous also shirtless pool guy, Luke as her boyfriend ends leaving Emaline a bunch of new memories, a summer fling and a tad of wisdom.
This book was an absolutely fun read. I enjoyed the moments with Benji who is one of my favorite characters because he is simply larger than life and carries his excitement My face almost lit up when Benji was there. Morris is my other favorite character he's has that uncanny ability to see the bigger picture plus his laziness and slow motion life made me laugh. The character I absolutely detest is Emmaline's dad. Hes one of those stereo type control phobic dads piss me off.
This book it a perfect beach side read, and what makes it different it that its about growing up, leaving home and finding yourself. There's romance in it but its not a love story. Its a very realistic book where you eventually face your demons, wonder about the choices you've made, handle expectations of others on you and do more wondering about how the outside world is while staring from a window in the attic.
If you're wondering whether to read it or not, i'd say go for it.
Lots of love and chocolate
|Vanessa Hudgens as Emmaline, Chace Crawford as Theo, Zac Efron as Luke, Thomas Mcdonall as Morris, Saorise Ronan as Daisy|