The Compulsive Reader: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Anna is not at all happy when her father's job forces him to transfer to a new beach town. She loves the beach she grew up on, where her memories of her mother are, with her friends and her grandmother living nearby. Her new home also has a lot of history with it—this is the beach where her parents first met, and once Anna arrives, she realizes that there is a lot about their past that she doesn't know about. In between making unexpected new friends and late-night meetings with cute lifeguard Tyler, Anna is forced to finally confront her past and open up about the night that her mother drowned.

Moonglass is a beautifully written novel, full of excellent imagery and perfect beach settings. Kirby has a talent for putting words together to create the most affecting, emotional sentences that will have you falling in love from the first page. Anna's observations and commentary on her life are authentic, and her voice will easily pull you in. This book is less structured, and more of a slow exploration of Anna's memories, feelings, the stories from the past and how they fit together and relate to the present. There is a lot of really great emotion between these pages, especially with Anna's relationship with her father, as they deal with her mother's death and their lack of communication. Everything comes together nicely in the end, and Anna's romance with Tyler is the perfect topping to this bittersweet summer confection of a novel. Make sure to pack Moonglass along with your towel and sandals when you head to the beach this summer!

Cover Comments: I just adore the tall view of the beach with the bright moon and the blues and purples of the cover! It's so pretty! This is a fun beach cover that doesn't fall back on the stereotypes!

ARC provided by publisher.

Moonglass is available on May 3rd, 2011!


Lindsay said...

The cover of this book is stunning...I love novels like this, when a character returns to a place and unlocks mysteries and magic that happened there.

Anonymous said...

I want to read this one too, I've since I saw the cover and saw that it was a beach book :)
I just get in the mood for those this time of the year