Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (May 3, 2011)
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.
I had heard great things about Moonglass and when the chance to review it came along, I jumped on the chance to read it! If you are looking for a beach filled summer read, then Moonglass is the book to pick up.
I admit that it took me a bit to get into this book. To me, the beginning started out slow with the move to the new town. I was tired of reading about Anna’s pity party of having to relocate when her father gets the chance for a better job. I wanted to reach into the book and shake her silly! Get over it Anna and just deal! Then when Anna meets Tyler at the beach, I was intrigued. My ears perked up at a possible romance and some angst when Daddy found out. Then there is Ashley that she meets on the beach as well. Typical stereotyped rich girl trying to make friends with another new girl who happens to just be average. Ashley cracked me up with her theories on losing weight. This book is not just about romance and friendships though. Anna is dealing with the loss of her Mother as well and trying to work through the grief that she is left with.
The perfect summer read featuring romance, loss, and starting a new life after the pain! Great book from a great debut author!
Very Good! I would recommend this book! 4 STARS