Friday, June 17, 2011
Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Published: Simon & Schuster (May 3, 2011)
Source: Gifted by Jamie
GoodReads Summary:"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.
My Thoughts: Moonglass has one of those covers in which I'd like to jump inside and live... like in a little hut or something. Anyone remember that episode of Boy Meets World where Cory and Topanga make a living off carving celebrities out of coconuts? YES, PLEASE. Anyway, back to the beautiful cover. The thing that always sucks is when the cover sets this impossible standard that the story inside can't possibly live up to.
Luckily, Moonglass is every bit as lovely and "omg-I-want-to-live-in-it" as the cover. If Jessi Kirby's writing was a type of candy, it would be a box of Tropical Gushers. Tropical because of the beach, obviously. Gushers, because the candy, at first glance looks delicious enough. Then you take a bite and HOLY SWEET RAPTURE DELIGHT! But really, Kirby definitely shocked the non-literal pants off me with her gorgeous prose.
This book IS the beach.
I didn't get quite as much romance as I thought there'd be. Lifeguard Tyler was extremely cute and I loved him and Anna together. I am officially a fan of the subtle romance that isn't all consuming. I was surprised when I found the story focused more on Anna and her dad's (who is awesome) grief process and acceptance when dealing with the significance of their new home. This book packs a hidden punch of sad. But a good sad. Like turning over a new leaf sad.
Anna is awesome to read about. She's adventurous, she is deep. She jumped off a huge rock at night in her skivvies and showed up a whole bunch of boys. Best friends, please? Speaking of, I was overjoyed by the fact that there is a predominant friendship in this book that doesn't get completely overshadowed by a romance. Ashley, as completely daft as she is, was an awesome, pink & fluffy companion to Anna's down-to-earthness.
(By the way, is it just me, or do ALL female leads run?)
All in all, this book is an amazing summer read. It's short enough where you could probably read it on the beach in one sitting while working on your tan. (SPF 40, please.) Go on and get it.