Thursday, January 26, 2012
Book review: Moonglass
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews.
"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 took me a while to get into. I was actually about to return it to the library. It starts out fairly slow--Anna and her father are moving and Anna is mad. The first couple chapters or so deal with this theme.
Push through. Push through until you meet a character named Ashley and see a man crawling down the beach. Because Kirby's greatest strength in Moonglass is her characters. She wrote amazing characters. Characters that are somehow both true to life and completely original. Characters I want to be or know in real life. Ashley, the beach crawler, and another girl named Jillian are the real stars of this novel. They are the catalysts for action and the most entertaining parts.
Moonglass is a book of introspection, not one of action. It's a book that will make you think and feel. It takes a bit to get into and will not be the most exciting book you ever read, but you'll think about it after you finish. You'll remember the characters, and you'll wonder what happened to Anna long after the conclusion.