Keeping the Moon, by Sarah Dessen, is the story of 15-year old Colie as she struggles to find self-acceptance. Previously overweight and ostracized by her peers, Colie is sent to live with her eccentric aunt Mira in North Carolina during the summer. After accepting a job at the local café, she slowly builds her confidence again with the help of her new-found friends and fellow waitresses Isabel and Morgan, as well as Norman, who works as the cook. However, she still has a long way to go, as she must confront her bully and antagonist, Caroline Dawes, in order to realize her own self-worth. This book is full of colorful characters and universally-relatable “teenage issues,” such as body image, self-acceptance, and social conflicts. While a bit predictable, Keeping the Moon is written in Sarah Dessen’s characteristic style and is perfect for young teenage girls. Anybody looking for a quick, entertaining read will enjoy this smart and funny book.
~Helen, Teen Book Reviewer