Thursday, May 12, 2011

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Title: Moonglass
Author: Jessi Kirby
Published: May 3, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages: 224/Hardcover
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Source: Bought

Summary: 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.

Review: I was initially drawn to this book because of its cover, and that along with the summary made me get really excited for it. Although it was a good book it didn't live up to the hype I'd associated with it.

I liked the story behind Moonglass, but at first I wasn't sure what it was. I didn't know if Anna was trying to remember her mom or find out more about her at the beach. I did like that moonglass was an important part of the story, because I like for titles to be relevant to the story.

I liked the characters but I didn't have much invested in them. They seemed flat to me and I never got much out of them, but they were still nice to read and follow their story.

Moonglass is a well written story that has characters and a story you learn to like. It was a little rough going into it, but it smoothed out and became quite nice by the end.

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