Sunday, May 20, 2012

Megan Rambles About Moonglass

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
From Goodreads:From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.

While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.

(Hey everyone, it's Rachel. :) I just wanted to say that I lent this book to Megan about a YEAR ago and it has been in her house ever since. I'm so glad that she's finally read it and loved it as much as me. Also I'm glad because it can go back on my bookshelf with its friends, who have missed it very much.)

Hehehe okay yes, it's true, I have had this book sitting in my TBR pile for like a year. And I just got around to reading it finally. I'm SO GLAD I did! This was a really good, really cute contemporary read, but there was a lot more to it than that.

A lot of contemporaries, or at least a lot of the ones I read, are based on a romance. There's a guy who meets a girl and you go along and try to figure out how they end up together. This book was different. Yes, there was a boy, and he was adorable and hot and I loved him. But the relationship between him and Anna is a minor part of the story.

The majority of Moonglass focuses on Anna dealing with her Mom's death, and living where her parents first fell in love. It was a really sad story at times, and a happier one at other times. I absolutely loved the beach setting. All of the talk about swimming, running, and lounging on the beach made me long for summer again. And then it made me wish that my summers were like Anna's. She goes to the beach after school! How unfair is that?

By the end, I was in love with Anna, Tyler, sea glass, the beach, and all of Jessi Kirby's characters. You can bet I'll be back to read her other books after the way this one ended! All of the pieces tied together really nicely. I definitely recommend picking Moonglass up if you're looking for a quick, but extremely good read.


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