Release Date: May 3, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.
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.
A simply perfect Summer read. Moonglass is filled with rushing waves, sand and lifeguards. How could you possibly go wrong with a book like that? From the very first page of Anna’s story I was hooked. She lives this seemingly fantastic beach life, but just under the surface there is guilt and confusion about her Mother’s death.
The book starts off with Anna moving to a new place, and I was so afraid that she was going to be morose and depressed about it for a long time, but thankfully no. She sucked it up and moved on. That was one of the things I loved most about Anna. She was very strong and smart. She didn’t dwell too much on the bad things. Even though they were always there.
The romance in the book wasn’t as prominent as I thought it was going to be, but it was still wonderful. The way things developed between Anna and Tyler was sweet and realistic. It left a smile on my face. My most favorite thing about the book, though, was the setting. I’ve honestly never been a beach person–probably because I live in a land locked state–give me my mountains any day! But in Moonglass I found myself yearning for the ocean. The descriptions are so vivid and rich, I felt like I was there. The history, and all the little details that went into Crystal Cove, made it come to life. Maybe because it is a real place! Either way, it was delightful.
I recommend this book. If you have an afternoon, a hammock and a need for a good story, read Moonglass.