Book Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon – Sarah Addison Allen

Title: The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
ISBN: 9780553807219
Pages: 288
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Publisher: Bantam
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

When seventeen-year-old Emily arrives in Mullaby, North Carolina, she has no idea what to expect.  Her mother recently passed away and she’s been sent to live with her grandfather, a man she didn’t even know existed.  As Emily tries to adjust to life in Mullaby, she realizes that the town has secrets and her mother played a big part in them.  With the help of Julia, Emily’s next door neighbor with problems of her own, Emily comes to terms with these secrets and discovers a side of her mother she never knew.

Review:

I really enjoyed Sarah Addison Allen’s novels Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen, so when I heard she had a new book coming out, I immediately knew I wanted to read it.  Allen utilizes an amazing blend of real-life and magic that makes her novels unique and a real joy to read.  I was very glad to discover that The Girl Who Chased the Moon was no exception.  It was charming, sweet, and wonderful to read.

The main characters, Emily and Julia, are both well-written and expertly developed.  Emily is a lost teenager when this novel starts.  She knows nothing about Mullaby when she arrives, and as a result, she has no idea how much the town still resents her mother, and how she will be ostracized for it.  It’s heartbreaking when she discovers that she won’t be able to fit in, despite her best intentions.

Emily’s sadness makes Julia all the more lovable, as she reaches out to Emily and is a friend to her.  Despite the fact that Julia had every reason to dislike Emily’s mother, she doesn’t blame Emily for that.  Julia is refreshing, though she is damaged in her own way.  Though I did enjoy reading about Emily, it was Julia that captured my heart.  When the book ended, I cried out because I wanted more of her story.  Though I knew she would eventually find happiness and contentment, I wanted to see it spelled out on the page before me.  I really felt like I became involved in her life, as though she was a friend.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a sweet book.  It’s a short novel, and while I would have loved for it to be longer, that would likely have detracted from its simplicity.  The characters are wonderful, the mystery is intriguing, and the Southern setting is so well-described, it’s palpable – what more could a reader want out of a novel?

Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint was that it’s too short! I wrote my review last week and that’s how I ended it. Her novels are such a delight.

  2. I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint was that it’s too short! I wrote my review last week and that’s how I ended it. Her novels are such a delight.

  3. PS My review is on the blog tour this Friday.

  4. PS My review is on the blog tour this Friday.

  5. I LOVE this author’s writing. I can’t wait to read this one.

  6. I LOVE this author’s writing. I can’t wait to read this one.

  7. I do love a good book set in the South, so this sounds right up my alley!

  8. I do love a good book set in the South, so this sounds right up my alley!

  9. Looking forward to this one soon. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Looking forward to this one soon. Thanks for sharing!

  11. My review for this one is next week. I loved it! My only complaint being the same as everyone’s – too short. This is one story I would have liked to see go on a bit longer.

  12. My review for this one is next week. I loved it! My only complaint being the same as everyone’s – too short. This is one story I would have liked to see go on a bit longer.

  13. Oh, I’m soooo very excited for this novel! The Sugar Queen was one of my favorite reads last year, and I loved Garden Spells, too. Allen definitely has a way with words and an excellent ability to create flawed, loveable and awesome characters. Great review!

  14. Oh, I’m soooo very excited for this novel! The Sugar Queen was one of my favorite reads last year, and I loved Garden Spells, too. Allen definitely has a way with words and an excellent ability to create flawed, loveable and awesome characters. Great review!

  15. I’m already on the holds list for this one at the library, and I cannot WAIT to get my grubby lil paws on it.

  16. I’m already on the holds list for this one at the library, and I cannot WAIT to get my grubby lil paws on it.

  17. I so so so so Want this book, Krishna!! I have been wanting to read this author. I am just going to buy it when it hits the stores!

  18. I so so so so Want this book, Krishna!! I have been wanting to read this author. I am just going to buy it when it hits the stores!

  19. I love it when the main complaint is that a book is too short!

  20. I love it when the main complaint is that a book is too short!

  21. Ooohhhh…now I REALLY want this book! Shame on me for not reading any of hers yet…but there are only so many hours in the day!

    Thanks for the great review!

  22. Ooohhhh…now I REALLY want this book! Shame on me for not reading any of hers yet…but there are only so many hours in the day!

    Thanks for the great review!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I agree, all of Sarah’s books are incredible! It’s a shame they are all short reads, but as you said, it takes away from the perfect simplicity of it. Drag them on for too long, and they loose a certain kind of charm. One of my favorites!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I agree, all of Sarah’s books are incredible! It’s a shame they are all short reads, but as you said, it takes away from the perfect simplicity of it. Drag them on for too long, and they loose a certain kind of charm. One of my favorites!

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