Friday, June 17, 2011

Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Published: Simon & Schuster (May 3, 2011)
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover
Series: No
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.


  1. Awesome review Jen. I am in love with this cover and glad it is as beautiful inside the pages :)

  2. Great review! This one sounds really good. I'll have to get it soon :)

  3. Amazing review! I love the candy comparison - never thought of this novel that way but you are totally right! I also loved this one very much - - Jessi Kirby is a new favorite author of mine!!

    <3 Happy Reading!
    Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity

  4. I'm going to read Moonglass this weekend!

    I'm glad it's as good as it's cover.

    And I LOVE THAT EPISODE of Boy Meets World.

    And fruit gushers too, I love those.

  5. Going to the beach in a week...and packing this (and my spf 55, lol)
    Thanks for the review

  6. love that the relationship with dad is > relationship with new boy. those are my fave kinds of reads.

    and also, BMW + Gushers = epic win

  7. not something i'd usually gravitate toward, but you've made it sound awesome. plus the whole gushers things completely convinced me lol :)

  8. I really liked this book and the relationships too.

  9. Great review! I love a book that IS the beach, as it's the one thing I misses since moving 10 years ago. I won't be able to read it on the beach, but I'll certainly dream that I am! :)

  10. It was such a sad and sweet book. Love your review! It was great not having the focus be the romance for a change. It worked perfectly in the background.

    And I know, right? So many runners. It sort of makes sense in paranormal as half the time they're running from something and if they weren't runners to begin with, they probably wouldn't live long. But in contemp these girls run a lot too. Guess it helps clear the mind...

  11. Haha! Boy Meets World! I remember that show! So many awesome memories there!

    This book sounds cute & fun! I'm actually kind of liking that the boy doesn't overwhelm/take over the plot. :)

  12. Your review quite possibly just changed my name about reading this book.
    And Boy Meets World? Awesome reference.