The Moon and More

The Moon and More

The Moon and More
The Moon and More:  Luke is the perfect boyfriend.  He is handsome, kind and fun.
He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up.

But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider,  a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist.
Theo is sophisticated, exciting, and best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life.  He is convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential.  Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise.  But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters.

Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more,  but how can she balance where she comes from with where she is going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance,  yearning,  and finally,  empowerment.
It could only happen in the summer.

About the Author – Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen was born in Evanston,  Illinois, on June 6, 1970.
Dessen was born to Alan and Cynthia Dessen,  both professors at the University of North Carolina.

As a teenager,  Dessen was very shy and quiet.  She became involved with a 21-year-old when she was 15,  but cut all contact with him shortly after.
She has admitted in an interview that,  “For many years afterwards,  I took total blame for everything that happened between me and T.  After all, I was a bad kid.  I’d done drugs,  I’d lied to my mom.  You can’t just hang out with a guy and not expect him to get ideas, I told myself.   You should have known better.”

She worked at a children’s shoe store when she was in high school at Chapel Hill High,  but was fired during the annual summer sidewalk sale.
Dessen dropped out of Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina.
She later took some classes at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, graduating with highest honors in Creative Writing.

Dessen was a waitress at the restaurant Flying Burrito in Chapel Hill,  while launching her writing career.
She would write during the day and waitress at night.  Her first book, That Summer, was published in 1996.

Dessen’s “Along for the Ride”  made the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Following the publication of  Dreamland,  Dessen taught at the University of North Carolina and wrote what would later become  This Lullaby.

Some of her novels have been among the ALA’s  “Best Fiction for Young Adults” selections:
That Summer (1997);   Someone Like You (1999);   Keeping the Moon (2000);   Dreamland (2001);   This Lullaby (2003);   Just Listen (2007);   and Along for the Ride (2010);
Someone Like You, was also one of the two winners of the 1999 “School Library Journal Best Book” award.
Keeping the Moon was the sole winner the next year.

Most of Sarah Dessen’s novels deal with the change in youth’s personality, as they go through some sort of tragedy or loss.   The general themes that run through her novels comprise isolation, emotional distance among family members, and a progressive change in people’s personality.


The Moon and More




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