― Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon
- Release Date : September 1999
- Publisher : Viking/Penguin
- Genre : Contemporary
- Pages : 240
- School Library Edition : 228
Synopsis: Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.Keeping The Moon is a short read that manages to hold its own and pull a at the heart strings. This was the first Sarah Dessen novel I'd read almost ten years ago *cringe* when I was 14-years-old. I remember that as soon as I finished it I sat there for a minute and then started to read it again.
Now 45 pounds lighter, Colie Sparks is no longer the "fat" girl in school.While she could easily shed the pounds, losing her low self-esteem and self consciousnesses is going to take a summer of change.
With bullying a hot topic nowadays this novel is still relevant today.Fifteen year old Colie Sparks has been called called fat, she has been made fun of and is even called a slut. She is so down in her self that she begins to expect these things even whens she spends the summer in a town where no one knows her.
In the beach town of Colby, NC Colie befriends a pair of 20 something best friends; Morgan who is a sweet optimist and Isabel, the straight forward brash beauty.As we are introduced to the town of Colby and its residents you really get the feel that you are meeting and getting to know these people for the first time
I did find this novel off plotting wise. It seems as if two plots; the friendship between Colie's and her aunt's young border, Norman, and her friendships with Isabel and Morgan could have been worked together. Instead it felt like they were separated into different sections.
This isn't your average light summer at the beach novel. This novel begins real turn in Dessen's writing. Plot and message began to flow more evenly through the book. This is one of Dessen's first books about summer and I think she really finds her place there.
I didn't pick up any connections to her previous three novels.