The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

by Sarah Addison Allen
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The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553385595
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 89,780
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Sarah Addison Allen is the author of Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Asheville, North Carolina

Place of Birth:

Asheville, North Carolina


B.A. in Literature, 1994

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The Girl Who Chased the Moon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 963 reviews.
Cerae More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book on a whim after seeing it on B& Having never read a Sarah Addison Allen book, I was a bit skeptical but I must say I was thoroughly impressed. It was a greatly gripping book from start to finish, and I read it in less than a day. I found it very hard to pull away from the book because you are so set on finding out what comes next. Magical fiction isn't really something I read at all, but after this book, I may have to continue reading more; especially by this wonderful author!
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Sarah Addison Allen returns to the South with The Girl Who Chased the Moon a magical novel about a young girl discovering her roots. Emily Benedict comes to Mullaby, North Carolina hoping to learn more about her reserved, strict mother. Instead she finds a town full of secret, unexplainable things. Lights flit around her yard at night, wallpaper in her room changes to suit her room, and her giant of a grandfather won't reveal anything. Emily doesn't believe in magic but she can't shake the feeling that something mysterious is going on. Allen has, once again, written a fast-paced, entertaining book centered around good food and a touch of magical realism. Her characters are strong and interesting and their magical quirks are creative. She cuts the lighthearted story with just a pinch of darkness, keeping it from becoming too sweet. If you liked Sugar Queen and Garden Spells you will enjoy The Girl Who Chased the Moon as well.
sweetpeaSP More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely tale of mystery, romance and is sprinkled with magic. It's beautifully written and the town and its quirky inhabitants are real and alive, and charmingly portrayed. We are taken into the town of Mullaby, North Carolina after Emily has lost her mother, Dulcie, where she is transported to be with her extremely tall, reclusive grandfather, whom she didn't know existed. She learns of her mother's childhood, which seems so different from the woman she knew all her life. Emily discovers that her mother was involved in a scandal and that a young man had committed suicide over it. No one will tell her what it was. She quickly makes friends with Julia, a woman with a troubled past and who bakes cakes that seem magical. Emily becomes involved with a local boy who is linked to the mystery from the past, one that centers around her mother and an event that turned the little town on its heels. There are many poignant moments, magic wallpaper, magic baking, and mysterious lights in the woods that all come together to provide the reader with hours of enjoyment. ENCHANTING READ!
book_love-RCS More than 1 year ago
It's hard to feel anything but happy when reading Allen's books, and The Girl Who Chased the Moon is no exception. With the magic and impossible interwoven with the painfully realistic plot, you can't help but wish it all were true here. Such an easy and delightful read for the summertime and makes me wish I lived in a magically charming Southern town like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'll enjoy your trip to Mullaby, N. Carolina, with all its southern charm, magic and secrets abounding. Where the local town-folk gossip aplenty, the fragrance of fresh baked pastry wafts through the air, wallpaper suddenly changes patterns, and ghostly lights drift through backyards under the moonlight---with the trailing sound of footsteps. Where the town oddity, a giant of a man over eight feet tall, keeps the town's secrets close to heart, until the day his granddaughter, Emily, materializes on his doorstep after the death of her mother, Dulcie. You'll discover why everyone in Mullaby loathed Dulcie. Can Emily win them over, or will she bear the burden of her mother's evil deeds? I had to suspend disbelief more with this book than Allen's previous work, and there was a lot of predictability, but who cares. I enjoyed it for what it is---a light, feel-good read, offering a moment in time for a magical escape. I know I felt somehow lighter, after reading it, in spite of that piece of cake---well, actually two pieces, but who's counting. Enjoy!  I would recommend this to girls of middle-school age and up, as well as to fans of the author's previous novels.   
1louise1 More than 1 year ago
The author crafts a bittersweet lesson in love and forgiveness. Baking is a way Julia copes with her losses out for the dusting of believable magic! Truly a fun read!
Medford More than 1 year ago
Who says all books have to make complete sense? It mostly does. This is the second Sarah Addison Allen I've read - which tells you that I must have found something appealing about it. And I did. Allen seems to write romance novels that may be a step above romance novels. Having not read one that called itself a romance novel, I don't know. But the characters are diverse, the plot follows through for the most part, and who doesn't love a happy ending? There are a few, now, wait a second... moments when a character falls off the path they've beaten - not just from the reality path to the magical path, which is really fun, but the "making sense" path. So for readers who demand that all things take a logical or at least reasonable turn, this book isn't for you. And, the end is ever so predictable. I found this book and "Garden Spells" really fun and relaxing to read. It isn't Joyce Carol Oates where you can't have even one glass of wine or you won't be able to concentrate enough to understand what the heck's going on. It's just fun. And romantic. And now I'll stop.
BookishBeauty More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and could not put in down. It was sweet, charming - to put it simply, altogether lovely! I picked this up at the store because they were out of "The Peach Keeper", which was what I had really wanted and I am sooo glad I did. This is the first book I've read from this author and was pleasantly surprised (It will not be the last). Some of the events in the book could have easily come off as ridiculous and silly but this author makes them seem effortless and utterly believable. This book made me laugh, broke my heart - put it back together again and painted a smile on my face. A great read, highly recommended.
Lg_loves2read More than 1 year ago
I have read The Garden Spells, Sugar Queen and The Girl Who Chased The Moon and I loved them all. I love the romance and the magic in this books. It's wonderful to get away from the real world and get into a fairy tale...i can actually see it all happening as I'm reading. I can't wait for her next book... The Peach Keeper.
luckydogOK More than 1 year ago
This was my first Sarah Addison Allen book to read, and I loved it. I loaned it to a friend at work, and she loved it too. Since I bought it, I have read it multiple times because it's a book that makes you feel good. I love Ms. Allen's writing style and her descriptions are so vivid, I can easily imagine all of the details and characters in the book. Until I bought this book and Ms. Allen's other books, it had been a long time since I rushed home from work anticipating getting started with my reading. I am so glad I found this book.
Anita McGee More than 1 year ago
A pleasure to read, phenomonally written, a great story with a magical, yet very realistic touch!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a lovely story that pulls you in from the first page
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
I don't think any of her books will change your life, but they're all great reads. I read this one first, loved it, and bought the other three. I still can't tell if Garden Spells or Moon is my favorite, because i loved both so much
Rachel-PSU More than 1 year ago
What I really liked about this book was that it had an element of believable magic to it. The story is one that many teen girls will relate to and one that older women will appreciate. It's a pretty quick read with dynamic characters.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
As always Allen delivers a unique story line and wonderful characters. I always walk away from her books with a warm fuzzy feeling
ILgirl07 More than 1 year ago
Another hit by Allen! An alluring, creative story about two families who live in the past, only to start living in the future with the help of two young teenagers. Brilliantly sets up the plot for a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great novel. The author has an awesome imagination with great characters. I have read all of her novels and await her next one. I highly reccommend!!!
yaye More than 1 year ago
i loved the story line the only thing is the ending is it going to be a part 2 to this story...if so can't wait. it's a great book for adults & teens.
1georgiegirl More than 1 year ago
A mix of other worldly characters and every day reality complete with the torment of high school, social rejection, and misunderstood motives. I enjoyed each one of the characters that Sarah Addison Allen created, even the faulty ones. I don't want to give any of their unique and sometimes wonderful qualities away. The author touches on many issues within the context of a magical story she intertwines the heartache of high school preps and rejects, town misfits, and upper elite, exposing secrets and healing hearts. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading a wonderfully woven, heart felt story.
Cassidy-Lane More than 1 year ago
"The Girl That Chased the Moon" is a captivating account of a young girl whose appearance in a small Southern town ties up the loose ends of several lives and exposes one very old family secret. It welcomes you from the initial lines of the first chapter to come along on this journey of reunion of not just her family roots, but the binding of a handful of wandering souls trying to find a home within their own hearts and houses. The author has used her words to help the reader understand the culture that caused some of the unrest as well as that culture's ability to submit healing. One comes away with the feeling that they know the people described. The beauty of her writing style enourages desire for the turn pager to invest their caring, empathy, and interest. A twist between the book's cover eludes to an abnormality in this otherwise collection of Americana streets along with the offer of intrigue and wonder at some of its mysteries. The some expected and some surprise connections in Sarah Addison Allen's story keep the reader engaged and absorbing every word until the last. It made this reader wish for another fast 288 pages of the characters' interactions as well as to know more of how its newest member of the community and cliffhanger of a character was going to find, not only a particular few, but the rest of this simple but complicated town and its residents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was by far the best of her three. You can feel the progression of her writing! It's interesting from the first page and never lags, a must read for anyone wanting to enjoy an afternoon!
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Allen and I now have a favorite author to add to my list. As it turned out, Sunday was a rainy day, so I had a good excuse to curl up with this book. No radio, no TV. What an enjoyable day--I could NOT put the book down. Ms. Allen's writing style is easy to follow even though there are several elements of the main theme going on. But what I also liked is the underlying story which is appropriate for all ages. People are different and should not be judged on their appearance. You also should never assume you know how a person will behave or what they think. Not a "preachy" theme, but one that certainly comes through if you listen closely. I would recommend this book and can't wait to go back and read her others.
charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
The Girl Who Chased The Moon tells the story of Emily. Emily is a seventeen year old orphan who arrives in Mullaby, North Carolina to live with the grandfather she has never met. She encounters several enchanting townsfolk, including her own Grandfather, but it is Win, the son of "the Family" of town who has captured Emily's attention. Only Win's family will do everything possible to stop the relationship. Just like her other books, The Girl Who Chased The Moon had a few of the magical qualities that I have come to expect and love from Sarah Addison Allen, the story just didn't touch my heart like the others did. And while that has me a little disappointed, it won't stop me from reading her future works.
RomanticTXhearT More than 1 year ago
Ms. Allen has created another gem! She entices the reader by building her characters layer by layer, and the life stories from them are spun just as irresistibly. Ms. Allen's mastery in her craft is clear as she treats each character with an individuality and care that allows each one's story to shine through with their own mystery, pain, and hope. I read it in a non-stop marathon, and can't wait to read it again! You'll be left disappointed that it ended, wishing for more and more - thanks, Ms. Allen!
SeeMichelleRead More than 1 year ago
Two Christmases ago, my co-worker gave me a book. No surprise there, but the particular book she presented me with was unlike anything I had ever come across before. The book was Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and the genre was magical realism. As soon as I started in, I was lost. I was in love. Upon sinking into the story, I found myself awash in mouth-watering food, complicated yet beautiful relationships, and surrounded by intriguing people with a little touch of magic. Did I mention that the book was set in the south? Yes. Perfection. So it should come as no surprise when I say I was somewhat eagerly anticipating Allen's newest release The Girl Who Chased the Moon. I didn't know much about it, expect that it would be centered on BBQ and set in a small North Carolina town. But knowing who the author was, I knew it was gonna be good. I really didn't need much more incentive than that. Following the death of her beloved, activist mother Dulcie, Emily Benedict is sent to live with the grandfather she never knew she had in the small town of Mullaby, NC. It's hard enough to find your place as a teen in a new town without discovering that your grandfather is actually a shy, reclusive giant, and that your seemingly perfect mother was really quite cruel and openly disliked as a teenager. Needless to say Emily is feeling a little lost and sorely overwhelmed when she meets the strange and decidedly attractive Win Coffey whose cryptic references to their 'history' leave Emily rather curious about the past and determined to uncover the secrets surrounding her mother. Living next door to Emily is Julia Winterson - baker extraordinaire and a woman who is counting the days until she can escape Mullaby. Having experienced a fairly troubled and turbulent youth in Mullaby herself, Julia is quick to welcome Emily and is one of the few who don't hold her mother's actions against her. Emily is sure there is something special about Julia - hoping she will be able to lend some understanding to her mother's history - and their first meeting only confirms it. Once again Sarah Addison Allen has ensnared me with her airy and enchanting storytelling. Emily was sweet and endearing in her curious, youthful confusion but I absolutely adored Julia. Adored. Admired. Aime. I want to spend the day baking with her or just follow her around in the hope that some of her loveliness would magically rub off on me. Her story alone is too beautiful for words and had me constantly gasping with delight. What's more, the town of Mullaby itself was also practically fit to bursting with quirky and distinct characters - all southern and all steeped in tradition and BBQ. How could you not love a place where people can see trails of butter and sugar in the air, ghost lights dancing in the trees, and wallpaper that changes according to your mood? Not to mention the constant references to Julia's delectable cakes that just might have sent me racing to the kitchen. I just knew it was gonna be good. And it was.