Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
AR Reading Level: 4.8
On the library stacks: Young adult fiction
Awards: SLJ Best Book; ALA Notable/Best Books
Recommended for: Grades 9+
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Colie was young, she and her mom were always on the move. They were also both overweight. But things changed when they moved to Charlotte and her mom found her ideal job working in a gym. Now Colie is in high school and her mom is a fitness guru, famous for her infomercials. Even though Colie's extra weight is gone, she feels like a social outcast.
Colie's mom is spending the summer on a tour of Europe touting her various products. So Colie is sent to the North Carolina coast to live with her eccentric aunt. When she takes a job at a diner, she falls in with a cast of characters who will help her to understand the true meaning of friendship and help her learn to accept herself.
I can think of no better book to have read on our North Carolina beach vacation. I felt like we were staying right where the book takes place! This is one of Dessen's earlier novels and I usually prefer her later works. But Colie, Norman, Isabel, Morgan and Aunt Mira found a place in my heart. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the beach with them!
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