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review 2020-01-01 08:35
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen

TITLE:  The Girl Who Chased the Moon

 

AUTHOR:  Sarah Addison Allen

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"In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world--no matter how out of place they feel.

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew--a reclusive, real-life gentle giant--she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes--which is a good thing, because Julia can’t seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar . . . Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she’s hurt in the past? 

Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.
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Cute, feel good, story.

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review 2019-04-28 23:23
Book Review of The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother's life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and met the grandfather she never knew, she realises that mysteries aren't solved in Mullaby, they're a way of life. Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbour, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, offering them to satisfy the town's sweet tooth - but also in the hope of rekindling a love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily's backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

 

Review 5*

 

The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a lovely tale. I enjoyed it a lot.

 

Emily Benedict is an interesting character. I liked her as soon as she was introduced. After her mom passes away, she arrives in Mullaby, North Carolina, to stay with her grandfather as he's now her legal guardian. Her mother never discussed her childhood, so Emily is eager to learn about it. Unfortunately, many of the residents of Mullaby blame Emily's mother for the death of one of them. As Emily delves into the mystery surrounding her mother's past, she meets the mysterious Win Coffey, whose relative died all those years ago.

 

This story is told through the eyes of several characters, though Emily is one of the main ones. The other characters involved are her grandfather, Vance Shelby, Julia, a young woman who owns and runs a barbecue house and bakery, Sawyer Alexander, a school mate and old fling of Julia's, and Win Coffey, a teenager with a family secret.

 

When I first read the synopsis in my local library, I thought that this book would be a young adult paranormal fairy tale, so I borrowed it. However, I was completely wrong - in a good way. It is a story about loss - lost love and opportunities - and love and redemption. There is magic in the pages, not just the wallpaper that changes in Emily's bedroom.

 

The story takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride, and once I began reading it, I didn't put it down until I'd finished it; I am finding it difficult to articulate my feelings about this book. Emily's journey to uncover her mother's possible role in the suicide of Wyn's uncle because of a family secret, and the sweet romance between the two teens, touched me deeply. I also loved the subplot of Julia and Sawyer's past, present and future. The author artfully pulled me into the story, and when it ended, I was left with mixed feelings - happy at the way it ended but sad that it had finished. *Spoiler* Though I would have liked to have seen what happened when Maddie met with Julia and Sawyer. Nevertheless, I was left with a bittersweet feeling.

 

Sarah Addison Allen has written a heart-rending, as well as a heart-warming tale that held me captive from beginning to end. I love her writing style but found the shift in viewpoints a little unsettling at first, though I enjoyed the pacing. The story flowed well too. I would definitely consider reading more of this author's books in the future.

 

Although there are no explicit scenes of a sexual nature, there is mention of it. However, I would highly recommend this book to young teens (13 up) and adults who love literary fiction, family sagas or romance novels. - Lynn Worton

 
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text 2017-09-11 09:10
The Girl Who Chased the Moon
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen

This was a re-read I did for Halloween Bingo, so it's not exactly a review (my original review is here).  My rating then was 4.5 stars, and I'm happy with that rating after the second read; it not only held up well, but I found the story line between Julia and Sawyer a lot more interesting this time around, and a lot more moving.  It still doesn't beat out Vance and his grand-daughter, and Wyn, but it holds its own.

 

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review 2017-07-05 14:35
Follow the Moon
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen

This was a fairly short book (280 pages) so I managed to breeze through it. I read this several years ago, and liked it okay, but honestly didn't recall why parts of the book didn't gel with me. Now reading years later, I get it. I really loved "Garden Spells" and "Sugar Queen". In fact I hope I land on a spot that has me re-read those books again. But "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" didn't really work because it tried to tell two stories and only told one of them reasonably well in my opinion. The other story didn't fit, and I just felt annoyed every time we shifted between Emily's story to Julia's story.

 

In "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" Emily Benedict moves to Mullaby, North Carolina, to live with her maternal grandmother after her mother dies. Her mother never spoke of her home or family, and when Emily moves in with her grandfather, she finds out that her mother was not who she seemed to be to her. The small town actually turned on Emily's mother for something she did in her youth, and now Emily is trying to see where she fits in. When she meets teenager Win Coffey,  Emily can't help being pulled towards him. Unfortunately the Coffey family has issues with the two hanging out.

 

Allen jumps between Emily's story and Julia's. I don't want to spoil much, but I didn't care for Julia's story at all. Having a neglectful father and a terrible stepmother caused a teenage Julia no end of pain. She has a secret she's hiding and wants more than anything else to finish up with her deceased father's affairs so she can leave town. But Emily pulls her to her and she starts to get overly (in my opinion) involved in her life and doing what she can to reject the advances of an old school friend, Sawyer.

 

So favorite characters, Emily, her grandfather, Emily's room that changes wallpaper, and honestly that's it. I wish Allen had focused more on Emily and her grandfather. The book shifts abruptly to Julia and her issues and it takes the focus away from her. 

 

I also thought that Juli and Sawyer didn't work. Sorry. When you read the history between the two of them,I didn't buy it as a romance at all. Also even Emily and Win made me bored. 

 

The writing was typical Allen. I love magical realism books and this is a nice showcase for the genre. Just wished I had liked it more. 

 

The flow was off and that's just from the jumping back and forth. When we finally get secrets revealed I just rolled .y eyes at the Coffey family. 

 

The setting of this small town felt real though. I can see at times why it would be a comfort and smothering depending.

 

The ending was a bit too much for me, but Allen makes sure there's a happy ending for all.

 

 

Bank: 
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4: $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8: $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00. 
May 8: $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.
May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00. 
May 14: $53. Read "No Country for Old Men" 320 pages Kindle edition; $3.00
May 19: $56. Read "The Witches: Salem, 1692" 384 ebook; $3.00
May 30: $59. Read "The Good Earth" 372 pages ebook: $3.00
June 4: $62. Read "The Wind in the Willows" paperback edition, 256 pages: $3.00
June 27: $67. Read "The Lincoln Lawyer" kindle edition, 528 pages: $5.00.

 

THE BIG SHAKE UP

 

June 28: $75. Read "That Summer" kindle edition, 174 pages: $8.00.

June 30: $84. Read "And Then There Were None", paperback, 247 pages: $9.00. Multiplier due to second time on BL space. 

July 4: $94. Read "The Changeling" Kindle edition 448 pages; $10.00

July 4: $100. Read "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" Kindle edition, 280 pages; $6.00.

 

 

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text 2017-07-05 04:28
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen

I love magical realism books. I really have to go back and read some of Sarah Addison Allen's other books. I didn't care for he second Waverly family book though. 

 

I do like the character of Emily whose grandfather is a giant...yep you read that right. And there's a room that changes based on the inhabitants moods. Which I would love. 

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