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Keeping The Moon

by Sarah Dessen

Viking USA | August 30, 1999 | Hardcover

Keeping The Moon is rated 4.0476 out of 5 by 21.
Never underestimate the power of friendship.
 
When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn’t expect much.
 
But Colie didn’t count on meeting Morgan and Isabel.
 
Through them, she learns what true friendship is all about, and finally starts to realize her potential.
 
And that just might open the door to her first chance at love. . . .
 
“A down-to-earth Cinderella story. . . captures that special feeling.” —The New York Post
 
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Just Listen
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.55 × 5.72 × 0.88 in

Published: August 30, 1999

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670885495

ISBN - 13: 9780670885497

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from not the best i was surprised that i didn't like this book...it's the first time that i dont like a sarah dessen book. the story wasn't good at all. i'm in a lot of shock.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised! I was totally surprised at how good this book was! I'd read some reviews, and people said it was alright, but not the best. I actually really liked it because it was a change for me. All of the Sarah Dessen books I had read before this were pretty much love stories, but this one, it was more about finding who you are, learning to have self confidence and believe that you deserve respect. I really liked this book, because it was so relatable. Really great read, would reccomend it to anyone!
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short and Sweet This one was short and sweet. I related to the character of feeling in between and not always fitting in. I thought this book spoke volumes but there was still something missing the book to make it on of Sarah Dessen's greats
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Colie’s mother is a fitness guru leaving for a tour of Europe to spread her “get fit” message and Colie is sent to live with her aunt for the summer. She’s recently lost a large amount of weight but she’s still feels very insecure about herself. Her whole life she’s been teased and made fun of. Being overweight for Colie has become a shield for her and now that the excess weight is gone she feels really exposed with nothing to hide behind. At first Colie doesn’t want to stay with her aunt Mira. Mira is odd and eccentric and the townspeople make snide remarks about her. But it doesn’t seem to bother Mira at all. Colie also meets best friend Morgan and Isobel. Colie has never had any friends so being around Morgan and Isobel and seeing the strong friendship the two have is a new experience for Colie. Through the course of the summer Colie sees first hand what friendship really is and also learns to be confident in herself. I was really rooting for Colie and she is someone I could relate to easily. Other characters were realistic as well, especially Morgan and Isobel. Keeping the Moon is the third book I’ve read by Sarah Dessen and let me say that its way better than the last book I read from her (That Summer). I find that Sarah Dessen’s books are perfect for reading in the summertime and I would definitely recommend this one.
Date published: 2010-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inspiratonal I found this book to be inspiring, just like I do with all of Sarah's books. There is a message behind it that means be who you are, not who you are not. I love reading her books as they boost up my mood and make me think of the things I have and how we should love ourselves! Definitely pick this up for a boost!
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeping The Moon Is Definetly Something To Keep! This is my second Sarah Dessen book that I have read. I am impressed, I love the stroy line of each of her novels. This one was a little different. Nicole Sparks or Colie Has never been able to fit in, or make friends. She's gone through a hard life when she was over weight with her mother which they call "The Fat Years." Then Colie and her mother joined a gym. Her Mother was the most spontaneous, active one in the dance routine! So she became the teacher. And then, KiKi Sparks was born. After losing 45 and a half pounds Colie was still at a low self-esteem with no friends. She moved from place to place, school to school. But her main enemy was Caroline Dawes. Always taunting her in the locker room when she was changing into her big pantines, making up any different name there was in the name-calling book. Colie didn't and couldn't believe in herself. Then on one Summer her mother sends her to her aunt Mira's in Colby who is also over weight and taunted by a woman named Bea. Mira would just ignore it, she knew who she really was and didn't care if people thought she was a Church Bazaar lover for all the second-hand items, or an Astrology lover. Colie also meets Isabel and Morgan. Two waitresses who work at the Last Chance and Colie ends up getting a job with them. There is also Norman who becomes a big surprise for Colie! Colie finally gets to experience friendship, Chick Night, and standing up for herself...But more importantly who she really was, which led her to recieving the respect she deserved... Keeping The Moon taught me to never let someone make fun of me or let me down. And that everyone is beautiful in their own unique way. This stroy will change any girl's life...Showing them that they should be accepted for who they really are!
Date published: 2010-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad This was not my favourite Sarah Dessen book, but it wasn't my least favourite either. It had a lot of great parts. I enjoyed the friendship between Isabel, Colie and Morgan. It was a real look into how girls talk to each other and how they have spats but then always make up. I also like how it was about confidence, how to gain and keep it. The book was about how it was okay to be yourself. I also like the relationship between Colie and Norman. It was sweet and believable. A good read, not great but not horrible either.
Date published: 2010-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Amazing Read This book touches on the subject of self esteem issues regarding body image with girls. It is a very interesting book to read with all of the interesting turns that Collie takes in her unpredictable life. Collie and her mom are moving from town to town and both have low self esteem. At some point Collie's mom gets her big break in a gym and turns her life upside down. She develops a whole workout regime for low self esteem women and it goes worldwide. Collie has never really had any friends and when she gets sent to stay her Aunt for the summer, everything changes in her life. She has to face all of her fears and along the way she finds herself. Collie meets Isabel and Morgan at a cafe and is intrigued with how their complicated friendship works and how they keep it together after all the years they have been friends. During the summer Morgan and Isabel help Collie find confidence in her and teach her some new tips on how to be “a girl”. In the end Collie feels like she has caught up to her mom's new life back at home and feels comfortable in her own skin. Sarah Dessen always writes interesting books and they always have a moral at the end of the story. Her books seem to target teen and young adult females and problems that may occur in their life. I really enjoy reading Sarah books because they relate to things that I have been through and show me that everyone goes through tough times in their life.
Date published: 2010-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it it is such a good story and i bet everyone who read it would agree a must read
Date published: 2009-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read for All Females A book every girl, young or old should read. What I love about Dessen's books are the message inside the book. Sure it's got strong characters, and always the sweetness of romance but it's the message her books always deliver that I'm drawn to. These are the kind of books I want my young daughter to read. This one packs a powerful punch about obtaining self-confidence, standing up for yourself and not forgetting who you are simply because you start to get noticed. Reading Colie's transformation was beautiful. I loved how she had so many positive role models to chose from. Her eccentric aunt that allows the whispers to roll of her back because she's confident in herself. She doesn't car if she's a bit larger or does crazy art, she knows who she is and loves herself. Then you have Morgan and Isabel two best friends who sorta take Colie under their wing and show her that she is beautiful and that you just need to believe it. All of this does sound a bit cheesy, the message is slow and like so many other Dessen books it's there but not obviously. Never do you feel like you're reading a 'how to' book you just get the powerful message in a beautifully written story.
Date published: 2009-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Should be read As in all of her books, Dessen's story is about learning the facets of one's self and the process of moving on and letting go of the past. All of her books have the same storylines but she writes to keep your attention.
Date published: 2009-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeping the Moon This was my first Sarah Dessen novel and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Although a bit slow, it was entertaining and the writing was addictive. I loved the characters, they were all very...VERY unique and lovable. I recommend you read this book and check out Dessen's other novels also.
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it :D I really liked this book. It was nice and short, but at the same time interesting. 4/5
Date published: 2009-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeping The Moon This book was really cute, and inspiring. In the beginning it was full of hate and sadness but near the end its beautiful and inspiring. I loved it....even tho it was a little predictable!
Date published: 2008-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of her best i have read all of sarah dessen's books and Keeping the Moon is one of my favorites. colie is angry but eventually warms up. i read the book awhile ago and need to read it again as i can't remember details but i remember liking it! its definitely a must-read and a must-read-again!!!
Date published: 2007-04-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It Was OK This book was REALLY boring for the first couple chapters. About 10 chapters in it got interesting. But Yeah, I wouldnt read it again.
Date published: 2007-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An inspiring novel Keeping the Moon is an inspiring novel in which I enjoyed a lot. It's a story with a lot of meaning telling people that to be beautiful, all you need is self confidence. I've read many novels by Sarah Dessen, and I have not been disapointed yet. She is a very talented author, and her novels tend to be very meaningful and gets your motivated. I recomend this novel to anyone who feels unbeautiful. This novel will surely open your eyes and tell you that your beautiful no matter what. I also recomend this novel to people who have enjoyed a Sarah Dessen novel in the past. This novel is another great accomplishment by her. You won't be disapointed at all.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TH BEST I love Sarah Dessen and I have read THAT SUMMER as well as KEEPING THE MOON. I loved them both and I think every girl in the world should read a Sarah Dessen book. She has beauty in her writing and you feel that you know the characters.
Date published: 2005-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read! I absolutely loved this book! I've read a few other Sarah Dessen books and I love her work! I would recommend Keeping the Moon or any other books by Sarah Dessen to anyone!
Date published: 2005-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was recommended to me by a friend. At first, I didn't think the book would be too good, but after I finished reading it, I was amazed at how well written the book was. It shows teens like myself what it is like to be made fun of and ridiculed. It will make anyone who reads it strive to be a better person and to not be fooled by outer appearences.
Date published: 2004-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like...WOW This book was AWESOME, it spoke to me, it was funny, romantic, dramatic, it couldn't get any better, it was so meaningful, I loved it!
Date published: 2002-10-27

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Keeping The Moon

by Sarah Dessen

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.55 × 5.72 × 0.88 in

Published: August 30, 1999

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670885495

ISBN - 13: 9780670885497

Read from the Book

chapter one My name is Nicole Sparks. Welcome to the first day of the worst summer of my life. "Colie," my mother said with a sigh as she walked down the train platform toward me. She was in one of her FlyKiki workout suits, purple this time; she looked like a shiny grape. Her assistant, standing by the station door, took a not-so-subtle look at her watch. "Will you please try not to look so tortured?" I fake-smiled at her, crossing my arms more tightly over my chest. "Oh, that’s even worse," she said. Another sigh. "With your hair that color and that thing in your lip you look terrible even when you’re smiling." She came closer, her sneakers making squeaky mouse noises on the concrete. Like everything else, they were brand-new. "Honey, you know this is for the best. You couldn’t stay by yourself at the house all summer. You’d be lonely." "I have friends, Mom," I said. She cocked her head to the side, as if she doubted this. "Oh, honey," she said again. "It’s for the best." The best for you , I thought. The thing about my mother is that she always has good intentions. But that’s as far as she usually gets. "Kiki," said the assistant, whose name I hadn’t even bothered to learn because she’d be gone by the time I got back, fired before they even reached the airport, probably, "we’ve got to go if we want to make that flight." "All right, all right." My mother put her hands on her hips—the classic Kiki Sparks aerobic sta
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From the Publisher

Never underestimate the power of friendship.
 
When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn’t expect much.
 
But Colie didn’t count on meeting Morgan and Isabel.
 
Through them, she learns what true friendship is all about, and finally starts to realize her potential.
 
And that just might open the door to her first chance at love. . . .
 
“A down-to-earth Cinderella story. . . captures that special feeling.” —The New York Post
 
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Dreamland
Just Listen
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye

From the Jacket

"Sit down", Isabel said, kicking aside one white sandal and a pair of shorts to pull out the chair. The dressing table itself was a sea of little bottles and containers, so covered with cosmetics that you couldn''t even see the surface. I looked at myself in the mirror and wondered what I was doing there.

Isabel pushed some more stuff aside and leaned against the dressing table. "Look, Colie. I have something to say to you, and I''m just gonna shoot it straight. Okay?"<_p22_ considered="" this.="" it="" _couldn27_27_t="" be="" any="" worse="" than="" what="" had="" already="" happened.="">

She tucked her hair behind her ear, took a deep breath and let it out. Then she said, "I really think you should pluck your eyebrows".

This hadn''t been exactly what I was expecting.

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is one of the most popular writers for young adults. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold more than seven million copies. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at www.sarahdessen.com.

From the Author

"I was born in 1970 in Illinois, but all the life I remember I’ve spent in Chapel Hill, NC. My parents were both professors at the University of North Carolina: my mom is a classicist (which means she knows everything you could ever imagine about myths, Latin, and words) and my dad teaches Shakespeare (which means I’d seen  As You Like It  about five times by the age of 18.) I have one brother, who is a musician and lives in California with his son and his wife, an artist who designed my personal website. (Thanks, Mariangeles!) "I’ve been writing, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. I was always a big reader, mostly because my parents were. I used to get frustrated with my mom because she bought me books for Christmas when what I really wanted were the gifts my friends got, things like sweaters and jewelry. But I did love to read. When I was eight or nine my parents gave me an old manual typewriter and a little desk in the corner of our den, and I’d sit there and type up my stories. I was the kind of kid that people always sighed over and said, "She has such a wild imagination," which usually meant "I wish Sarah would try to stick to the truth." I have a tendency to embellish: I think it’s just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it’s hard not to do it all the time. "In high school, I was lucky enough to have a big group of girlfriends that have really inspired a lot of the s
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From Our Editors

It’s not every teenager’s idea of fun, but for Colie Sparks, spending the summer in sleepy Colby is better than gadding around Europe with her fitness freak of a mother. Not only that, but in the serene care of her Aunt Mira, Colie can finally get away from her bad rep at school. Then the 15-year-old meets some very special, very sassy waitresses at the local establishment and meets her destiny. With her finger on the pulse of what it means to be an adolescent, Sarah Dessen follows up the best-selling Someone Like You with Keeping the Moon.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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