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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

MOONGLASS by Jessi Kirby 
Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 240pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher (HC)
When Anna was little, she and her mother used to search for sea glass, but since they looked at night, they called it moonglass. Now, ten years after her mother's mysterious death, her father is working as head lifeguard on the same beach where her mother grew up and her parents first met and fell in love.

Reluctant to get close to anyone (including her father) and not pleased about having to start at a new school, Anna begins to spend more time alone, running the length of the beach and wondering about who her mother really was. After meeting a lifeguard named Tyler, she slowly lets her guard down and together they start exploring the abandoned houses that dot the beach.

But when learning more about her mother's past leads to a painful discovery, Anna must reconcile her desire for solitude with ultimately accepting the love of her family and friends.
In this heart-felt debut, Kirby explores the beauty of forgiveness and making a fresh start. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to end. It was easy for to me immerse myself in the setting and follow along as Anna adjusted to a new place while trying to forget about disturbing memories from the night her mother died. I finished this book in one quick swoop.

This book was pretty much a journey of emotions as Anna tried to reconcile the night of her mother's death. There were touching, funny, and sad moments in this book. One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the setting - serene and rocky at times which worked out perfectly in reference to everything that was going on in Anna's life.

MOONGLASS is a touching debut, one I'm sure fans of Twenty Boy Summer will enjoy. If you’re just looking for a quick summer read, this book fits right in there.

4 out of 5 Stars

You can read the first chapter here!



  1. Fab review! Anna sounds like a great and strong female lead!

  2. I keep seeing this one around the blogosphere. I will have to check it out. I love the cover.

  3. I've been hearing about this one too. Thanks for the great review.


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