Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Source: Good Golly Miss Holly Arc Tours
Format: ARC paperback, 232 pages
Challenge: Debut Author
Purchase: Amazon / Book Depository / Barnes & Noble
Summary from GoodReads:
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.
Moonglass is one of those books that starts out lighthearted, but as you dive deeper into the story you watch as Anna and her father deal with the repercussions of her mother’s choice to end her life. Their inability to deal with each after this threaten to tear them apart even further, but in the end they work it out.
The pacing of this story was excellent, nothing felt rushed. We watch as Anna comes across many things that remind her of her mother and what happened, unavoidable situations that now that they’re back in her mother’s hometown. And each time they keep building up the pressure in her until she breaks, but that is when the real healing finally starts.
While romance does have play a part in this, it’s definitely secondary to primary plot of Anna discovering more about her mother than she previously knew. Tyler was awesome. One of the most real leading male characters I’ve come across. He actually reminded me of someone I know, with that little bit of cockiness, but overall caring personality. And I loved Ashley. She’s definitely the poster girl for the saying “Dont judge a book by it’s cover.” You think you know who she is after first meeting her, but throughout the story she surprises you by how thoughtful and caring she really is. I would definitely love to have a friend like her.
This book definitely put me in the mood to be at the beach, that’s how awesome Jessi Kirby was with her descriptions. I felt like I was really there. This is definitely a summer beach read you don’t want to miss.