A luminous YA love story that evokes Judy Blume's Forever for a new generation.
Sarah—Bean to her friends and family—is an aspiring astronomer and champion mathlete. She lives behind her beloved telescope, with her head in the stars and her feet planted firmly on the ground. For as long as she can remember, she's also lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett.
But after a traumatic end to the school year, Sarah goes to Cape Cod for the summer with her family, determined to grow up. It's there that she meets gorgeous, older college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl like Scarlett. He thinks she's older, too—and she doesn't correct him.
For Sarah, it's a summer of firsts. Before she knows what's happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.
Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are destined to fall for this romantic and heartfelt coming-of-age novel about how life and love are impossible to predict.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Rebecca Maizel hails from Rhode Island, where she teaches literature at her alma mater the Wheeler School. She tries not to force her students to read her books, though. Rebecca is the author of several published novels for young adults, and recently received an MFA in Writing for Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5 stars 3.5 stars! Jointly reviewed with my co-blogger, Becca! THE STORY: Lisa : Becca and I were so excited to start this book. We are huge fans of summer beach reads, and this one seemed like it would be perfect. A story set in the summer months on Cape Cod... YES! Sarah has forever lived in her sister, Scarlett's, shadow. Scarlett is three years older than Sarah, beautiful, and extremely popular. Sarah has always been considered the "little sister". Though she's 15, she's treated as if she's 12. From clothes, makeup, her overall appearance, to the way people treat her, she's always felt young and not as good as her sister. Her family calls her Bean, which she used to enjoy, but now it just feels like they're mocking her. She decides to have a Scarlett Experiment over the summer, borrowing her sister's clothes, acting like her sister would in certain situations, and even partaking in events that Scarlett would have, such as summer beach parties. She meets Andrew, pretending to be someone who she's not, and her summer takes a turn. Filled with excitement, adventure, and lots of lies, Sarah begins living the summer she's always dreamed of. But is it at a cost? What will happen in August when her summer inevitably comes to an end? Becca: I couldn’t have summed it up better myself Lisa! This really was an excellent Summer read! I felt as if I was right there on the Ocean with Sarah, Scarlett ans Andrew :) Sarah is a bit of a nerd and I loved it! She is huge into astronomy and science and her logical take on the “Scarlett Experiment” was quite funny in places. Watching this socially awkward 15 year old, find herself and her confidence over the Summer pretending to be her sister was both funny and at times frustrating. This really was a very sweet and summery coming of age story. THE CHARACTERS: Becca: This cast of characters had my feelings all over the place! At times they were so lovable and others so irritating! I really liked Sarah, I really empathized with her and understood her need to grow up! I loved her sweet, nerdy side and rooted for her throughout the book as she gained more confidence in herself! Her love of astronomy was also infectious and I loved the different facts that Rebecca Maizel included. There were times I absolutely wanted to shake Sarah, I was literally yelling out loud at her! “No Sarah!!!” However, these moments did not make me like her any less, and really helped to develop her character and build the story. I loved Andrew, he was so sweet, patient, a little tortured and absolutely adorable! He treated Sarah in a way that all girls wish they would be treated. He was overcoming some obstacles in his past, and his sense of doing right and loyalty to his friends and family totally won me over! The cast of secondary characters were a bit tough to take at times. Sarah’s sister Scarlett came across so self absorbed and selfish. Their parents were just as obsessed with Scarlett as she was herself! Not to mention their Aunt Nancy, whose house they stay at throughout the Summer. Sarah was just invisible to them all, despite her intelligence and how hard she worked they still ignored her for the most part. These things really helped me to understand Sarah. Andrew’s group of friends were also important to this story, they were typical teens that were partying for the Summer. All different types of personalities helped to create this story! Lisa: Aunt Nancy… *eye roll* I had such a hard time with her presen
3.5 stars (liked it a lot) I wanted to read Between Us and the Moon because it sounded like a summery novel that I could delve into that would give me some romance, a dash of angst (the lies), and a story with good characters and development. I liked Sarah aka Bean. She is analytical and smart. She needs things just so. But she takes it to an extreme and at the beginning we see her sister and her best friend/boyfriend accuse her of the same things. "Head being in the stars" (she loves her telescope, and tracking the comet and such), and watching the world, not living in it. I was expecting a bit of angst, but the break up. Man, it was described just like I remember my heart being broken and I felt so hard for her. My chest actually hurt like she described hers. So, wear some waterproof mascara, I am not the crying type, but almost had even me. And lets get it out there. Yes, she lies. About her age. After her heart was broken. And after meeting a sweet and hot guy who's older. It is off putting, but it is one of the things where she thought that she was growing and expanding as a person, but it really just came to show how much she needed to do it the right way. Loved her closeness with her gran. One of the coolest old ladies I have read about in a while Family aspect... she doesn't realize it but she is sort of the typical jealous little sister, wishing she looked more like Scarlett and had her ease of making friends, getting boyfriends and being well liked. I have social anxiety as well and assume that people don't like me or that I won't fit in or have things in common just like her, so I know its a real fear. Although her and Scarlet weren't the closest through most of the book, I was glad that they finally opened up to one another, and it didn't stay so messed up. They had the example of their Aunt Nancy that they'd been staying with at the beach and their Gran who lived all the way across the country and they didn't get along. To me it was important that both sisters acknowledged that and said they would figure out a way for that not to happen to them. She tried to be more like her so that she could have a different type of summer, but in some ways she found who she wanted to be and in others she realized the ways she didn't want to be like Scarlett. She found a few friends who actually liked her and didn't like some of the ways that Scarlett acted, but it did take honesty in the relationship to figure that out. But unfortunately she didn't take that new found honesty back to Andrew because of her fear of rejection and being caught in her lie. She was overall just trying to find a balance of who she is and what she wants. It was even more hard because Andrew is all open and honest with her but she feels so trapped and uncertain. She actually gives him a dose of what she sees as reality about some of his life choices, and that really made me irritated because she still wouldn't own up to her mistakes and lies. I just felt a huge storm and knew it would blow up on her, and I just wasn't sure how or if I would get a HEA. I liked that it was a realistic ending. I know some complain because it wasn't a dreamy HEA with him, but I liked the epilogue and what she discovered about herself. She had to finally be fair and get the truth out. But the epilogue to me showed that she was stronger, I liked that she was with her friends, and she realized that she had what she called a piece
When I read this book in January, it was probably one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to write a review for. I can’t recall the last time I felt so jerked around by a book, or the last time I was so genuinely conflicted about my feelings toward a book. How I felt was actually kind of ironic, because this book was actually sort of centered around conflict and being jerked around. Bean (or Sarah, as her birth certificate says) is silly and star-brained. She’s literally obsessed with astronomy and her telescope, and she has been all her life. She has a best friend who loves it just as much, and they spend a lot of their time together looking up at the stars. The best part is that recently, he stopped being just her friend and became her boyfriend and as far as she’s concerned, things are perfect. They hold hands, look at the stars, kiss, talk about the future, he knows her better than anyone else. It’s great. For like, a few pages, at least, until he’s acting all weird and says he needs to tell her something and I just knew it was about to blow up in her face but she had no idea. Of course, they’re teenagers! Her boyfriend isn’t wrong for wanting to break up with Bean. If anything, she’s kind of part of the problem. She’s too wrapped up in her comet observation to realize what’s happening until it’s way, way too late. The break up devastates her, though. And it infuriates her. She loses her boyfriend and her best friend in one fell swoop. There’s more than just that going on in Bean’s life, though. She also has a sister named Scarlett who’s beautiful and graceful. She’s got blonde hair, a nice body, and she’s an absolutely phenomenal ballet dancer. She casts a hell of a shadow, and Bean feels like she’s always trapped in it. The rift between the sisters was obvious to me almost immediately, but so was something else: Scarlett loves her little sister. She really, truly loves her so much that she pretends to be interested in the things that she likes, asks her questions about her hobbies, tells her the lame stuff she does is cool, and always puts forth effort to do things for her and spend time with her, even if some of them are tiny things that Bean doesn’t notice. Unlike most older, spotlight-hogging sisters, I loved Scarlett and how much she adored Bean. Bean, however, does not see that Scarlett loves her. She’s an awkward, socially inept, self-centered girl whose favorite thing to do is make assumptions. She assumes people think or feel things without asking them or giving them a chance to show themselves to her. She writes everyone off because she assumes they don’t want to spend time with her and essentially lives in a self-made prison of isolation and loneliness. The weird thing, though? In spite of those things and the stupid stuff she spends this book doing, I really liked her. On top of her break up, it’s time for the annual family trip to Cape Cod to stay with her rich, widowed Aunt Nancy. While her sister is out and about living her life, Bean is stuck inside without any opportunity to have one because, just like herself, her family assumes that she’s going to stay the same and never wants to do anything new. The isolation, the weight of her breakup, and her bitterness toward her sister becomes too much, especially when she receives some infuriating news from home. In the spirit of true high school movies and the inspiration of being such a nerd, she decid
I loved it!!!!!! Well written.