The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Emmaline lives in the beach town of Colby where it seems like she is nothing but a face in other people’s stories and holiday memories. Emmaline has been with her boyfriend, Luke for practically forever. They’re a great match. Almost perfect.
But things start to change in the summer before Emmaline goes off to college. Her absentee father returns with his son (and some secrets) while a visitor from New York, Theo seems taken with Emmaline.
While Luke is small town, Theo is ambitious and showy. Nothing like the life Emmaline knows but Theo represents the life she could have…If she only chose to move out of Colby.
This was a wonderfully written novel about growing up and finding your identity. Emmaline is a girl from a small town who longs for something more than her ordinary life. However when that something more is given to her, she isn’t so sure anymore if it is what she wants. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a contemporary read or a sweet family story.
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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I know lots of people love Sarah Dessen’s work but I have never been one of them. Her books always seemed really boring to me (with the exception of the one book about the girl working in a cafe, I don’t remember the title but I know I loved it). In retrospect though, I blame my dislike of Dessen on the fact that I was too young to really appreciate her work.
This book, on the hand, was really great to read. I found it comforting and entertaining. The story begins with Sydney who is at a trial where her brother is arrested. Sydney has always felt invisible in her brother’s shadow and now that her brother is in prison, things are no different. Needing some change in her life, Sydney changes school and meets Mac and Layla who become her new family.
I really related to Sydney’s character which was the main reason why I liked this book so much. It felt like catching up with an old friend. This was a quick easy read and I will definitely have to go find the rest of Sarah Dessen’s books (especially the cafe one-is it called something to do with desserts? I feel like it is). I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary novels.
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I have a weakness for romance novels and the authors below have some great reads. Here are my recommendations for romance books in the month of love. Because what else is better than curling up with a romance novel?
1) Colleen Hoover- Colleen Hoover writes the kind of books that leave you in hysterical tears because you’re so relieved to have a happy ending after so many feels. I recommend “Slammed” and “Ugly Love” as starters.
2) Gina Robinson- Gina Robinson writes New Adult and Adult novels. My favorite is the Reckless series.
3) Meg Cabot- Meg Cabot writes delights such as the Princess Diaries and Mediator series. Be sure to read her latest in the Mediator series, “Proposal” and” Remembrance” for Valentines Day
4) Sarah Dessen- Can you ever go wrong with a Dessen novel? No! I adored “Along for the Ride” and “Just Listen”
5) Rachel Morgan- Rachel Morgan zaps me into the world of her “Trouble” series. These contemporary romance books are an absolute pleasure to read. Get yourself a copy ASAP.
6) Lisa Kleypas- Lisa Kleypas is my firm favorite and I’ve read her books like thrice already. Her latest historical romance, “Cold-Hearted Rake” is perfect to curl up with on Valentines Day.
7) Nora Roberts- Nora Roberts is great at romance, mystery and the supernatural. Her “Circle” trilogy is great to read, reread and then reread again.
8) Jennifer Gracen- Jennifer Gracen is also a firm favorite of mine. I’m especially taken with “More Than You Know”.
9) Eileen Cook- I love Eileen Cook’s works which focus on everything from ghosts and frenemies to love and mysterious car crashes. Try out “The Almost Truth” for a cute v-day read.