Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ARC Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby


From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.

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.

  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
The Elliott Review:

This book is interesting - filled with a graceful prose that, gently as calm ocean waves, guides you through Anna's experiences as she comes to terms with issues in her mother's long ago suicide. The story is contains relevant, natural symbolism and skillful metaphors that bring about a deeper understanding of the situation without any unnecessary fuss and melodrama.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They have their own personal quirks that make them interesting to read about and meaningful for Anna to interact with. Her relationship with her dad is a complex one, filled with so many unsaid words and things between them that need to be healed. Through her new relationships formed, Anna is able to learn more about her mother's motivation and about what her parents were like in the past.

Everything in this book is well-developed and intensely heartfelt. The romance between Anna and Tyler is sweet and believable, and I love how he helps her as she works through her family issues - believing in her strength even if she doesn't.

My favorite aspect of the book was the crazy beach-walker. Constantly crawling across the beach wearing a sign saying "Repent," no one would ever expect him to stand for something so important. I thought he was kind of random, but he is actually very important to the story.

Source: Thanks to The Teen {Book} Scene for organizing this tour. You can view other stops on the tour here.


  1. Great review! I can't wait to read the book.

  2. Great review!

    I have this one, I'm really looking forward to reading it...