December 24, 2010

Review - Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen (audiobook)

Colie has never really had many friends. When she was younger, she used to move around a lot with her mom. Both Colie and her mother used to be overweight, and Colie still carries around a lot of self-conscious thoughts because of her "fat years." Her mother, Kiki Sparks, is now a weight loss guru known worldwide. As Kiki embarks on a tour of Europe, Colie goes to stay with her eccentric aunt Mira in the small town of Colby for the summer. While in Colby, Colie develops friendships with Isabel, Morgan, and Norman, and these friends help her discover her worth and grow in confidence.

It took me a little while to get drawn into this story - I felt that the plot was very slow-paced, and I just didn't really connect with the main character for the first half of the book. Toward the end I started caring about her more. Colie was a very real character who grew in leaps and bounds over the course of the novel. It was great to see her develop a true sense of self and begin to stand up for herself against the "mean girls" that she encountered repeatedly. It was also satisfying to see her build true friendships with fellow waitresses Isabel and Morgan and artistic Norman. There was a little bit of summer romance sprinkled into the story, but I wanted more!

Keeping the Moon was a quick read (in fact, the audiobook version had only 5 CDs). The narrator captured Colie's angst and developing confidence well.


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