Keeping the Moon

 Author: Sarah Dessen
 Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

Keeping the Moon
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Note: I finally read a Sarah Dessen book! Wooohoo! This was my first one 

Goodreads Summary:

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


Meet Colie Sparks, 15 she’s been bullied constantly since middle school for her appearance and weight. Her self confidence is on the ground and she’s never experienced real friendship. She’s used to going to a different state and school every month or so. Then, her mother lands a job in personal training/tv infomercials and their future starts off. They start exercising and losing their weight. Her mother’s job sky rockets and she is touring and working left and right.

This summer, Colie is sent to spend the summer in Colby, North Carolina with her Aunt Mira while her mother tours Europe. She’s expecting it to be very boring.

Instantly, Colie meets Norman who takes her to Mira’s  house and we soon learn that he has an apartment down in her house.  Norman is a sweetie.

Aunt Mira is a very different woman and she embraces that. Colie’s impression of Mira has her thinking/questioning her stay. But, Colie learns from Mira in many ways (that you’ll have to find out by reading this book!)


Last Chance is a café, this is where Norman, Isabel and Morgan work. Colie meets Isabel first and they do not get off to a good start. Isabel is very rude toward Colie when she sees her appearance and her lip ring. Isabel turns out to influence Colie more than you would think…

Colie meets Morgan a little while after. Morgan is wise and encouraging despite her crazy relationship issues – she’s engaged to a baseball player…. Honestly, I loved Morgan although she was crazy.

Colie learns about real friendship through Isabel and Morgan and I love that about this story.


This story sends the message of dealing with bullying, to not care so much about what others think of you and believing in yourself. I was really glad to have read this as my first Sarah Dessen book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I felt I could really relate to Colie from when I was her age and I wished that I had an Isabel and Morgan growing up.


song Seriously, this reminded me of this book in many ways.



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