Keeping the Moon by: Sarah Dessen
Published : May 2004
Version Read : Kindle/Owned
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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. (taken with love from Goodreads)
They don’t call Sarah Dessen the queen of YA romance for nothing. Don’t ask me who “they” are because I haven’t the faintest clue. But they aren’t wrong and this is just another example of the kind of books that keeps me thinking about then for months after I’ve read them.
Of all of her characters I relate best to Colie. As a “fat” kid who moved around a lot growing up I knew exactly how she felt. Although my mom wasn’t a fitness queen, she did try to tell me how to live my life. What Colie doesn’t realize is that her mother gave her an out when she sent her to live with Aunt Mira. Once she gets used to the way Mira works that is.
The relationship between Colie’s friends Morgan and Isabel is the first time I’ve seen Dessen write about a real friendship. They aren’t always happy and don’t always get along. They are flawed and fight. But in the end they love each other and can count on one another. From my experiences that’s what makes friendships special. Their love lives are also very real to me.
As with all of Dessen’s novels there is romance in the air. This time it’s with artist Norman. For me it wasn’t as obvious if they were going to get together nor not. It’s the kind of relationship that creeps up on you and then BAM you’re knee deep in love mud. Norma isn’t my dream boat kind of guy, but he’s perfect for Colie. I wish the relationship had started earlier in the story.
I read this book years ago and I will keep re-reading it for years to come.