Published May 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|197 pages
Where I Got It: Nook store
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
What I Thought:
I loved Golden and In Honor, so I knew I would have to read Moonglass. Which didn’t disappoint. At all.
There’s something about Jessi Kirby’s books that just hit me emotionally, and I found myself relating to Anna so much. I can’t imagine going back to the place where her parents first met, and all of the memories that come back to her. And her mother’s death, and what really happened being confirmed…I really felt for Anna. I can’t even begin to imagine having how her mother died actually confirmed, and I couldn’t help but cry.
Anna and her father are still dealing with all of the pain of Anna’s mother’s death, and I was glad they were finally able to talk about it. I loved the little tidbits we got about Anna’s parents and the memories that the beach hold for her parents. I also loved seeing Anna explore the beach and learn about its history. And I liked seeing Anna try to get used to a place that has a lot of memories for her family. I do wish the book were a little bit longer because I just really wanted to live in Anna’s world a little bit longer.
I did like the relationship Anna has with her dad, and how they don’t have the best relationship…but it still works for them. And the friends that Anna makes! I really like Ashley, and Jillian’s pretty awesome. I’m not sure how I feel about Tyler, but I’m glad he’s an important person in Anna’s life. Same with Ashley and Jillian. They’re all so different, but they are such good people for Anna to have in her life.
I also loved the stories of moonglass and mermaid’s tears, and how Anna and her mom used to look for it at night. And how Anna still looks for moonglass. Now it just makes me want to go to the beach and find some sea glass. (Good thing I have a number of beaches to pick from for whenever I decide to do this).
Let’s Rate It:
I just love Jessi Kirby, and I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next. Moonglass is no exception to this! I loved how Anna and her dad came to terms with her mother’s death, and how being in the place where her parents met put things in perspective for the two of them. Moonglass gets 5 stars.