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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
Maggie and Max
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
Tuck Everlasting
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
The Hobbit
The Witch's Daughter

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby


Title:  Moonglass
Author:  Jessi Kirby
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Publication Date:  May 3, 2011
Source:  Good Golly Miss Holly Tours

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 
From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.

My Thoughts:  This book did hook me at the beginning.  In fact, I had a somewhat hard time to get into it but I'm glad I stuck with it because it did get better.
I really enjoyed how well developed the characters were.  Anna acted like a real teenager.  She wasn't too childish but wasn't a complete spoiled brat either.  I really liked the relationship between Tyler and Anna.  It was very realistic.
I loved the description of Crystal Cove!  The author made everything seem real and I could picture it all clearly.  I loved the descriptions of the ocean and how Anna feels while at the beach and while running.  I loved her competition at the first track practice and her determination to beat the best runner on the team. 
So, while it was a little slow for me at the beginning, it was well worth the read.  The ending was very well done and it will leave you wishing for summer at the beach!

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