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.
Moonglass was a beautifully written debut novel by Jessi Kirby that will surely appeal to fans of contemporary novels like those of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.
I loved how the setting was so real. I could hear the crash of the waves in the background and hear the creaks of the floorboards in the old cottages. The places described in Moonglass just came alive and literally jumped off the pages. Since I read this in the middle of winter, it left me craving a visit to the beach.
The characters were another fantastic aspect of the story. Anna, the main character, particularly. Her mother died when she was younger and when the book begins she is moving to a cottage on the beach where her parents first met.
There are so many well done sub-plots tied together in this novel. Anna’s friendship with some of the local girls, her love of running, a local tragedy, and even a hint of romance.
I experienced so many emotions while reading; and went from crying to laughing on a dime. Jessi Kirby is a wonderful writer and in just over 200 pages she enraptured me with Anna’s story.
I highly recommend picking Moonglass up this spring and summer. It will make you want to run out to the beach and run your toes through the sand while searching the waves for sea glass. Plus be on the lookout for hot lifeguards! ;) I am eagerly awaiting Jessi’s next release and I will be recommending this to as many people as I can.
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
May 3, 2011/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing/224 Pages/Young Adult
Source: Teen Book Scene (ARC Tour) and Publisher (Hardcover)