Keeping the Moon

Keeping the Moon

by Sarah Dessen
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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Fifteen-year-old Colie has never fit in. First, it was because she was fat. Then, after she lost the weight, it was because of a reputation that she didn't deserve. So when she's sent to stay with her eccentric aunt Mira for the summer, Colie doesn't expect too much. After all, why would anyone in Colby, North Carolina, want to bother with her when no one back home does?

But Colby turns out to be a nice surprise for Colie. Almost without trying, she lands herself a job at the Last Chance Bar and Grill. There she meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel -- two best friends who teach her what friendship is all about, and help her learn to appreciate who she really is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141310077
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 7.18(h) x 0.66(d)
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is the author of thirteen novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers The Moon and MoreWhat Happened to GoodbyeAlong for the RideLock and KeyJust ListenThe Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal
Dessen’s books are frequently chosen for the Teens’ Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association.
Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.
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Chapel Hill, NC

Date of Birth:

June 6, 1970

Place of Birth:

Evanston, Illinois


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, degree in English.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, for starters, if you don't really know what this book is about, here is a short synopsis. Keeping the Moon is the story of a girl, Colie Sparks, who has lost her identity, and is trying to find her true self with the help of her friends, Morgan and Isabel. Keeping the Moon has many components, emotional and critical, so it promises to be a good read for someone of any age. This book screams tons of messages. One of the biggest themes in this book is the theme of friendship. Throughout our lives, we've all experienced the darkness of loneliness. We had that burning feeling in our throat, a sign of tears, just wishing someone was there to guide you through. Colie, the main character, experiences such feelings. Then, two friends help through the pain and the burning. Another big theme in this story is the element of accepting who you really are. All throughout the book characters of all ages struggle, or some not at all, with characteristics that make them stick out in society, some of the characteristics are an odd, artistic, hippy, fat, gothic, or punk. Also, preppy or snotty. In the end, the struggles or questions are resolved. After I finished the last page of this book, I felt something really deep inside of me. As I reviewed page after page, chapter after chapter in my head, I felt a really strong message coming to me. This strong sense of meaning made me opinion of this book soar. When you first pick up this book, you don't really think it to be something you think about in later years when it collects dust in your bookcase. I certainly didn't. But as I went on, I saw that I too could relate to what was going on. Sometime in your life, you've felt you needed a friend or that you didn't fit in and wanted to change. This book addresses such things with fun characters, and a deeper meaning. Keeping the Moon I recommend for anyone who has dealt with these issues. Whoever you are, whatever age, whatever size, Keeping the Moon promises to be a good read.
Mac-W08 More than 1 year ago
The book, "Keeping the Moon", is about a girl named Nicole, but her mother calls her Colie. She is fifteen-years-old and her mother is a professional fitness trainer. With Colie's mom having such a busy job, their family is always moving from state to state. Out of all of the schools that Colie's ever been to, she's never fit in. She hasn't had one friend either. This summer, Colies's mother is going on tour, so Nicole has to stay with her crazy aunt that lives in Colby, North Carolina. Colie is nervous, but she thinks that staying at Colby for the summer might give her a chance to meet some friends. There might also be some surprises up the road for her. I really like the book, "Keeping the Moon", because it teaches a girl that has no friends to becoming a girl that is one of the best of friends you could possible have. I would recommend this book to someone because it is written by one of my favorite authors and it has a great story about a girl who learns what friendship is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im reading it right now, and so far its a great book! The one thing that im mad about is that its a short book. I like reading books that are like 300 pages long but this book is only like 200. Even though its a short book, i recomend it to anyone. :)
Famousforlove2 More than 1 year ago
Sarah Dessen is an amazing author. As I read more and more of her books I realize that they all posses the same qualities there all great, cute, funny, charming and all around great. Where to start... Keeping the Moon is my most relatable book because like her I moved to a new town with no hopes of becoming anything. Colie is not looking to impress anyone when she moves to Colby. She goes there with a lip piercing and a bad attitude. Then she lands a job at the Last Chace Bar and Grill without even trying. There she meets new people and learns one of the most important lessons of all time. You shouldn't be suprised when people treat you with respect, you should expect it. She learns to respect herself and be true to herself and that everyone is beautiful in their own way. She finds love(: and friends and a place where she belongs. It looks like what you think will be the worst turns out to be the best. Finally an author who writes books with important life lessons and is capeable of writing something where you can find yourself. So do yourself a favor and read this and all other books by Sarah Dessen. Things don't always turn out like you think.
AvidBookReaderMMP More than 1 year ago
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen is a pretty good book. It's interesting and clever and funny. It teaches a few worthwhile lessons and it has a good, satisfying ending that you leaves you feeling glad that you read it. Definitely worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Colie is a girl who misses her old life with her mother and also just wants to fit in. With the help of Megan and Isabel she learns the meaning of friendship and staying true to herself. This is a great book for ages 11- 21 bur anyone could probably read it. I recomend any girl with confedance issues to def
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is 'so far' one of my most favorite books by the AMAZING Sarah Dessen! This book has so much detail and funness! Sarah Dessen is a very talented author. This book is a MUST read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most amzing book i have ever read.... it made me think abouthow i think of myself and how i treat others.... i also learned that if a guy loves you he wont do anything to hurt u and that u deserve the best man in the world that GOD has chosen just for u!!!! Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read 2 of Sarah's books besides this one, "Someone Like You" and "What Happened To Goodbye." Loved, with a capitol L, Loved them. "Keeping the Moon" was...okay when I first started it. But I didn't think it was Sarah Dessen's best writing. But when I got farther into the book, I could NOT put it down. "Keeping the Moon" is just a WONDERFUL story to read. I'm trying to get my busy mom to read it. It's just an amazing story about friendship and accepting you are, and how 15-year-old Colie takes it all. There are a lot of good lessons in here, also; if you're insecure (and who isn't?) you should definitely read this book, it'll undoubtedly inspire you and make you stronger. Over all, this was an amazing book. Sarah's done it again. I love this book just as much as I love all of her other amazing books I've read. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was one of dessensbetter pieces. i loved the plot and i could really relate to colie. its nice to know that a 15 year old lost weight...but she still doesnt feel condfident. with her corky aunt, sweet neighbor, and two crazy fun loving girls she finds confidence she never new she had. i love this book. good plot. not slow. i recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it really helped me to accept myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Its got the small town rumors. I recomend this book to anyone. I am alot like Mira i am a good person but a lot of times rumors start about me that r false i get looked at werid. READ THIS BOOK AND ALL OF SARAH DESSENS BOOKS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book before I got my nook, but it's great! I definitely recommend this book. It starts off a little slow, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down! Don't waste any time on getting this, you'll love it. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really amazing. A great story of friendship, live, and plain ol' just being who you are! I believe everyone should have a chance to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for bffs and others.friendship is awesome.sarah dessen is amzing
kpat1150 More than 1 year ago
good but not her best
Hanny1012 More than 1 year ago
When I first started out reading Sarah Dessens books I was suprised by how well written they were, no details were ever left out. I have to say though, that when it came to this one, I was a little dissapointed. Don't get me wrong, the book was still very good and Sarah is a fabulous writer but something was missing, the charisma of the character just wasnt quite right. Still, it was a good book to read and I reccomend it to everyone :).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Dessen is a fantastic writer. She has an ability to create characters in your mind that you somehow already know, thier physical apperance and their actions. Everyone in this book is linked to someone you know, making it hit closer to home. Colie, a young adult who is constantly being called names at home and does not fit in, makes friends in some unexpected places when she goes to live with her aunt for the summer because of circumstances with her mother. She meets two girls and they befreind her-something so new and spectacular. They help her become all she can be, and most importantly they help her believe that she really is something. When the girl that spreads all the rumors about Colie at home she finally has the courage to stand up to her and say what is true. The sotry moves slowly yet every page has somehting new happening important to the story on it. Overall Sarah Dessen does a great job of telling Colie's story, one of a girl who is lost about her identity and has no self-confidance yet finds herself thrown into a world of change. And how she finally accepts who she is and why she is truly something special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book it really reached out to me in the soul im going throgh the same life (not fitting in at school)i give this book a thumbs up
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very good
BrunetteWithABook More than 1 year ago
My first Sarah Dessen re-read during this magical #SarahDessenMarathon! I read this book so long ago, that I couldn’t remember the story line or anything about the characters, so I always figured I didn’t like it after I read it the first time. Sadly, that is mistaken. As soon as I started reading it, everything started flooding back and I fell right in with the characters and their story. Colie is a typical Dessen character in the sense that she’s not perfect, but she’s got to overcome some sort of obstacle, find herself, etc., etc. But then there’s Colie’s Aunt Mira, quiet, but loud, eccentric and slightly out there; Norman, the quiet cook from Last Chance Bar and Grill who is also an eccentric artist; and then there’s our favorite besties, Morgan and Isabel, the Ying to the other’s Yang, no matter the situation, these two lovely ladies conquer whatever obstacles fall in their path, together. This story isn’t about finding love in a hopeless place or the guy getting the girl. It’s about a girl just trying to figure out who she is and where she fits in, in this crazy world. Colie’s mom is a recent fitness guru while Colie is recently forty-five pounds lighter with a bad reputation because of stupid rumors. Her summer trip to stay in Colby, North Carolina with her aunt is unfortunate in the beginning, but its a great experience for her. She finds friends for the first time, stands up for herself, and finally let’s go of ‘Fat Colie’ and the Fat Years. She let’s everything from her past go, accepts who she is and where she’s come from. Nothing else matter’s when you’re yourself, we all work and operate in different ways, it’s only fitting that we’re all different and unique. Sarah Dessen did a wonderful job with this seemingly short, easy-to-read novel. Her infamous Colby, North Carolina made an appearance as the story’s main setting, since this was only the third published novel by Dessen, I can assure you that we’ll be making other stops in the cozy beach town of Colby, North Carolina.
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BarbiG More than 1 year ago
This is the only Sarah Dessen book I have read.  I loved it so much!!!  I want to read the rest of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have 11 of her books and they are really good. It may be the way she writes. She's a really great author to read. The first book ibought was Along for the Ride and I just fell in love with it and I read the first chapter of What Happens to Good-bye so I just had to have it. Then I bought the Truth About Forever. The rest became my Christmas and Birthday wishes. I'm mostly a book reader so I really just ask for Sarah Dessen Books and I recommend them to everyone. I honestly love her books.
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