Thursday, November 3, 2011

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's

'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. -

This was one of those stories that was kind of gentle and smooth.  It didn't have all kinds of complicated plot twists and overly dont angst.  It was a simple, straightforward story that I found very refreshing after reading so many really heavy or dark books with lots of twists and turns.  It was like a breath of fresh air.

I would have to say, definitely, that the characters were the real driving point here.  Anna is a strong heroine, gutsy enough to go cliff diving, which is something I would be way too much of a weanie to do myself, but she didn't bat an eyelash.  She has two friends... one flamboyant and giddy, and the other steady and competitive.  They were both perfect for her, despite their varying personalities.  It was great to see how each of them, separately, was able to draw Anna out of her shell bit by bit.

Her relationship with Tyler the lifeguard was sweet, uncomplicated, and just kind of built in a very smooth and natural way.  Nothing seemed too forced or overly hot.  It was very average, but in this case, that's not a bad thing.  It was like you'd see a normal relationship build.  Although this was not the central focus of the story.

Anna and her dad as well have to go through some growth in this story to get past Anna's mother's death, and watching them do this together was sweet and poignant.  On the whole, this was a very satisfying read that I am very glad I picked up.

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