I've read pretty darn near every book Sarah Dessen has written, and I must admit this wasn't my favorite, however I did enjoy it if not for the fluffy beach setting.
Perhaps my biggest issue with the story is there was no natural arc to the storyline, climax and resolution in all. It's about everything but nothing exactly at all. It's about growing up, and although romance is a predominant feature, The Moon and More mainly focuses and revolves around Emaline's family. What romance there was was more realistic than most books written for early teens. It doesn't promote a fairy tale ending to all crushes but it doesn't downplay how awesome love is either. All in all, an okay read if read all in one sitting on a sunny day at the beach.
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?
Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.