Rich in sharply observed relationships, deftly inserted wisdom, and romances ending and beginning, Dessen’s tale will leave readers thoughtful, amused, reassured—and sorry when it concludes.
Three cheers for Sarah Dessen for giving us Keeping the Moon and its two predecessors, and for digging deeper in each book for the real feelings of characters who will nourish our children for years to come.
—Raleigh News and Observer
In Sarah’s Words
Keeping the Moon was the last book I wrote while working at the Flying Burrito, and because of that it is thick in all of my best waitress stuff. I think I got a lot more confident working there, and I wanted to use that experience to say something bigger about the fact that no matter how you look, it’s what is inside that gets you where you truly are meant to be. Colie was different from my other narrators because she was so angry, and as a writer I really enjoyed getting into her voice. Morgan and Isabel, the waitresses, are basically composites of a lot of the girls I worked with at the Burrito, who always amazed me with their humor, emotion, and absolute loyalty to each other. After Someone Like You, which was a heavier book that dealt with some big issues, Keeping the Moon was a fun, less-stress summer book that still had something to say. If you read my novels, you’ll see that I love a book set in the summer: it’s such a good, concise time period, and there’s endless potential for what can happen. A lot of Colie’s experiences,and the details in the book, are very personal for me: I did have a customer say “Duh,” to me when I didn’t immediately know the answer to her question, and I have a tendency to make devilled eggs whenever I get upset or am stressed about something. (Right before a book comes out, my house is filled with eggs. Filled.) I don’t like to pick favorites of my books, but if I had to Keeping the Moon would be a serious contender.
It just says a lot of things about self-esteem that I have learned, and continue to learn. Isabel, especially, has stuck with me, and when I am feeling particularly wimpy I remind myself of her, and this story, and it makes things a little easier.
Colie expects the worst when she’s sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast — first for being fat and then for being “easy” — Colie has no friends at home and doesn’t expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.