Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary

Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But this summer on Cape Cod, she’s determined to finally grow up. Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl who’s older than she is. A girl like Scarlett.

Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.

I love a good summer read, and one of self-discovery too.  They seem to go well together, and this book was no exception. I fell in love with the characters in this story from the very beginning.  Sarah, or "Bean" as her family calls her, was such an interesting character, and in many ways, unlike any I've read before. This is an ultra-smart and motivated girl who has a future already planned out when she's only fifteen.  She's an astronomer, and she is motivated enough to be tracking a comet, making calculations, knowing its trajectory, etc.  She devotes all her time and energy into it, and the rest into getting her college application prepared.  Her family pushes her to do these things too, but at the same time, both the character, and I, wondered if anyone ever saw her as anything else.

This summer is her chance to break out, to discover if she's anything other than what everyone expects her to be.  So she decides to use her older, popular sister as a model.  I loved how she did this too... she calculated in her mind like it was an experiment.  It was such an interesting character to read that I just loved her right off.

Then there's the guy she meets.  I loved him.  He was different than his friends.  He was sweet, caring, sensitive, but also hot.  He was the perfect person to introduce her into a world other than science, and the progression of their romance was sweet, gentle and perfect.

This story had a twist or two in it that I wasn't expecting.  I really thought the older sister would be cliche, because I've read similar books before and that's how it turned out.  But she wasn't.  That's all I will say there.

The story zipped along for me, and I pretty much devoured it very quickly.  It had a nice summer romance, a lot of self-discovery which made the book have a lot more depth than I was expecting, and a surprising ending.  Very good read.

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