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review 2017-12-03 16:57
Keeping the Moon
Keeping the Moon - Sarah Dessen

Just read if you want to read all the Dessen books. Otherwise, skip it. The book abruptly ends and there's no real closure to Colie's slightly frayed relationship with her mother. One good thing I will say is that I enjoyed Isabel and Morgan's relationship/friendship.


Colie is sent to stay with her Aunt Mia for the summer. Her famous mother is traveling and Colie is shuffled off for the summer. You may initially get the impression that Colie's mother doesn't care, but she does. We just don't get a lot of time getting to know them much cause Dessen drops tidbits here and there and jumps around.


We find out that Colie is having a hard time at school and that rumors about her have caused her to hide herself. Meeting Morgan, Isabel, and Norman slowly has her coming out of her shell. I do say though I'm not a huge fan of suddenly a girl being "gorgeous" by getting her hair done, eyebrows plucked, and makeup being applied. I think ultimately Dessen wants young girls to read this and realize they are beautiful no matter what. She kind of negates all that with the reveal about Isabel though making it seem that when you get older,you automatically are going to be a beauty.


The character of Mia is pretty much ignored, no real depth there. I'm surprised Colie at least doesn't bring up how hard her and her mother's life was while I was sitting on money. Most of this book felt like things were left unsaid.


The book is fairly short. Probably why I felt like a lot of things were left undone. I would have liked some scenes with Colie back home, dating, standing tall against her tormenters.

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text 2017-12-03 16:04
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Keeping the Moon - Sarah Dessen

I forgot to update this yesterday when I finished. Not that interesting I'm afraid. I feel like Dessen forgot a 1/3 of the story. 


I think if we had more of a sense of the main character it would have worked better. Instead we have her reflecting on her past in fits and starts and starting to realize over this summer she is attractive. I just needed more. There's also the fact the book just comes to a sudden end. 

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text 2017-12-01 20:25
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Keeping the Moon - Sarah Dessen

Ehh not engaging. It's okay. Just can see it will not be my favorite Sarah Dessen.


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text 2015-07-01 08:42
June wrap-up

This will be the first month I'm including tv shows and podcasts as well! June was also a great reading month:

  • Animal Farm (Complete novels #1) by George Orwell 5/5★ review
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass 4.5/5★ review
  • The Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum 5/5★ review
  • Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen 4.5/5★ review
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare 5/5
  • Lying Out Loud (The Duff #2) by Kody Keplinger 3/5★ review
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green (re-read) 5/5★ review
  • Anna Karenina (first 175 pages out of 800) by Leo Tolstoy


As you can see I'm still reading Anna Karenina. I'm hoping to finish it this month!


What I've watched this month:

I've re-watched season 4 of One Tree Hill: it's one of my favorite tv shows and it was all about finish high school which I did last month as well, so it was very sentimental to watch haha.


I also started watching Suits and I've completed season 1 and 2. I really, really like this show so far and I cannot wait to continue!


I've watched one movie this month: I Love You. Beth Cooper. It's about this guy who has to give a graduation speech and he's in love with this girl but he never said anything to her and now it's his last change to do so. It was really funny! Here's the trailer:



I also decided to re-watch Gossip Girl. Now I'm on S01E6. :)


Podcast I've been listening to:

I've never listened to a podcast, but Karina made a video about her favorites and because I have to walk (I deliver post twice a week) for about 6 hours a week I decided to listen to one. I've listened to the first four episodes of Call Your Girlfriend and I'm loving it so far! Is about two friends/journalists that live a few miles (a few, lol) from each other and they talk about stuff.


Hoe many books have you read this month and which one was your favorite? 

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review 2015-06-13 19:50
Review: 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.

My opinion:

I really liked this book! It's a really important story, with a good lesson for (young) girls/teenagers. Because of that I gave it 4.5 stars. An other reason why I gave it 4.5 stars out of 5 is because I'm not going to re-read it (I only give 5 stars to books I can re-read over and over again) but it's really worth to read!


What is your favorite Dessen book?

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