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Keeping the Moon

Review

Keeping the Moon

If there's a secret to becoming beautiful and confident then Nicole Sparks of KEEPING THE MOON would like to know it. Daughter of the famous and popular aerobics instructor Kiki Sparks, Nicole --- "Colie" --- longs for the days before her mother became rich and famous when there was time for things like driving around in the car eating corn chips and other junk food. Not that Colie would ever eat junk food.

When her mother departs for a sales tour of Europe, Colie is sent to stay with her eccentric Aunt Mira, a woman as overweight as Colie and her mother once were, who manages to remain blissfully unaware of the rude comments people make behind her back about her clothes, her work and her choice of house-mates.

Unfortunately Colie hasn't developed her aunt's capacity for being oblivious to the slights of others so when her old enemy from high school, Caroline, shows up at the Last Chance Bar and Grill, she's thrown back into the pit of misery that makes up her high school life --- despite her new-found college girlfriends, Isabel and Morgan, and the presence of a really cute guy, Morgan, in her aunt's basement.

KEEPING THE MOON is an often funny and authentic view of the life of a high school kid who goes unnoticed by the popular clique unless it's for ridicule. Colie's thoughts and dreams are like many girls as she grows into womanhood. Sarah Dessen has a wonderful ear for dialogue and she doesn't lecture as she sets out a story about longing for acceptance, and the pain and rewards of growing up.

Reviewed by Cassia Van Arsdale on September 25, 2000

Keeping the Moon
by Sarah Dessen

  • Publication Date: September 25, 2000
  • Mass Market Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • ISBN-10: 0141310073
  • ISBN-13: 9780141310077