When The Moon Was Ours: A Novel by Anna-marie MclemoreWhen The Moon Was Ours: A Novel by Anna-marie Mclemore

When The Moon Was Ours: A Novel

byAnna-marie Mclemore

Hardcover | October 4, 2016

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Winner of the 2016 Tiptree Award!
Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Stonewall Book Award Honor

"McLemore's second novel is such a lush surprising fable, you half expect birds to fly out of the pages. McLemore uses the supernatural to remind us that the body's need to speak its truth is primal and profound, and that the connection between two people is no more anyone's business than why the dish ran away with the spoon."
--Jeff Giles, New York Times Book Review

Anna-Marie McLemore's debut novel The Weight of Feathers was greeted with rave reviews, a YALSA Morris Award nomination, and spots on multiple "Best YA Novels" lists. Now, McLemore delivers a second stunning and utterly romantic novel, again tinged with magic.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

Atmospheric, dynamic, and packed with gorgeous prose, When the Moon was Ours is another winner from this talented author.

ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and grew up in a Mexican-American family. She attended University of Southern California on a Trustee Scholarship. A Lambda Literary Fellow, she has had work featured by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, CRATE Literary Magazine's cratelit,...
Title:When The Moon Was Ours: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.56 × 5.77 × 1 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:125005866X

ISBN - 13:9781250058669


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This is not a book that I feel like I have any right to review or make any judgement or critics of. It’s a diverse story that I think everyone needs to read at least once to totally understand being transgender. It also discusses bullying and abuse and made me think a lot about what makes a family. This is the first time I’ve ever read a book with a transgender character and having them in a relationship which is why I am hesitant. I really enjoyed how the relationship was handled and written–I appreciated that even more after reading the author note. McLemore definitely has a very destinct writing style and while the book isn’t what I expected…it’s very beautiful. I own two other books by her which I didn’t realize but am happy to own these and move them up my TBR now. Another issue I have with reviewing it is that I am not totally comfortable with magic realism but this has far more magic than being just a contemporary like I anticipated. Please make sure to take the two extra minutes and read the authors note at the end.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful! The lyrical writing in this book was absolutely beautiful. The representation was fantastic, as was the plot in general.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 288 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 4 I wish I had pushed myself to read When the Moon was Ours before now. I did have some issues with it, but with this one, the good outweighs the bad. The prose was a bit too heavy in the beginning of the novel. It became less of an issue as the book progressed, but I felt as if the author was trying too hard for the first little bit. The writing also made it difficult to get into. Again, once I got further into the book, I was hooked, but it wasn’t as compelling in the beginning. I didn’t really understand the motivations of the other 3 Bonner sisters. I understand Ivy’s motives, but I don’t understand why the others went along with it for so long, especially since they seemed to know what they were doing was wrong. Other than those little gripes, When the Moon was Ours was a lovely story about facing your fears and learning who you are. It hits you where it hurts and keeps on swinging. I found Sam’s story particularly impactful. I would even go as far as to say his part of When the Moon was Ours stole the show. It was written in such a way that it felt as if Miel was supposed to be more of the main character, but I think Sam’s story was far more compelling. Miel’s story still had an emotional impact, but Sam’s story is the one that truly made me tear up. I also loved learning about bacha posh. I even looked it up (not extensively) after finishing When the Moon was Ours, which I rarely end up doing. It was incredibly enlightening to read about this tradition I had never heard of before reading this book. The magical realism aspects of the story also weren’t as strange and unbelievable as I thought they would be. I had to read a few sentences twice a couple of times, but other than that it wasn’t too difficult to wrap my head around what was going on. Overall, I had a few issues with When the Moon was Ours, but ultimately it was an enjoyable and important story. It has therefore earner 4 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is the best word to describe this book. The lyrical writing guides you through a captivating journey. If you aren't into flowery (ha) writing then this book might not be for you, it took me a bit to get into the flow but if you do it is a great read.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! It's an absolutely beautiful story with a touch of a fairy tale. A story of acceptance, love, friendship, secrets, lies and letting go. The author has such a way with words that brings the story to life. It's full of wonderful colors and scents. It makes you feel everything, happiness, sadness, anger, pain, fear and heartaches.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from three stars For some, the prose in this book would be the best part about the story. For others, an autistic person like myself, it'll leave you confused and struggling to follow. That's not to say this is a bad book. It's absolutely lovely and the diversity was what drew me in. But the amount of flowery (pun possibly intended) prose made it difficult for me to keep track of the plot and if what was being described was taking place in the present or a character's past. When the Moon Was Ours would probably appeal more to the inner poet and I can't say I fall into that category.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Would have gotten 4 stars if it wasn't for the audiobook Great story, beautiful characters, wonderful representation, A+ incorporation of folklore. And all this was tainted by the audiobook which wasn't terrible by any means it just wasn't up to par with others I've listened to.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read I was never a big fan of romance books, or at the very least, not until I read When the Moon Was Ours. Diversity, love, magic and character development mix beautifully together thanks to Mclemore's wonderful prose. I wish I could say more about this book, but I'm afraid I wouldn't do it any justice. This is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favourite novels, and I think everyone should read it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wonderful I listened to the audiobook version, which I 100% believe is the reason for the four-star rating - if I had read the actual book, it would have been 5 stars without a doubt. The beginning was a little odd, with some weird time jumps that weren't clear right away, but the rest of the book flowed well. I think for any transgender people looking for representation, this is definitely a book you should pick up; Samir is wonderful, and the way Miel wholeheartedly accepts him for who he is (not who he was born) is very touching. All in all, this book was fantastic; would definitely recommend the physical book over the audiobook, though, no matter how great the voices were.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my opinion of this novel. GOSH THIS ONE IS SO WONDERFUL. It's as lyrical and beautiful as THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS with so much more magic and suffering. And my heart literally broke into a million pieces only for it to be put back together bit by bit by Samir and Miel. These two though, these two. All the characters in this one were wonderfully written. They all had motives, secrets, agency, and wanted to do what was best for themselves and those they cared about, even if they were going about it in an incorrect fashion. I really felt for all the Bonner girls too and it is just amazing to me that McLemore could make me feel so much for those who were so rude and malicious towards Miel and Samir. I liked that Miel wanted to protect Samir and would do anything she had to in order to do so. I really felt for her and her journey to discover that what most people say is a curse, is actually something beautiful to her. And I think Samir had a pretty similar journey. He really learned so much and I think it was beautiful to see how culture intertwined with this one. I loved everything about them and their relationship. It was so wonderful to see them as people and to see them as a couple because they were so good for one another. They lifted each other up instead of bringing the other down. They both wanted to learn everything about the other person and they were just so perfect. My only issue with this one was it was a little difficult to follow at the beginning. I was totally hooked and enthralled because of how beautiful the writing was, but I felt like reading the first two-three chapters was like jumping over hurdles. But once I got into the flow of the writing and the story, I was so in love with the book. This was a beautiful story about how releasing secrets can crack the mask you are wearing but that finally allows you to show your true self. I highly recommend picking up this book (and THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS) because it is so wonderful.
Date published: 2016-11-12

Editorial Reviews

A Kirkus Best Book of 2016A Booklist Editor's Choice"With luminous prose infused with Latino folklore and magical realism, this mixes fairy-tale ingredients with the elegance of a love story, with all of it rooted in a deeply real sense of humanity. Lovely, necessary, and true." -Booklist (starred) "McLemore mesmerizes once again with a lush narrative set at the thresholds of identity, family, and devotion... Readers will be ensnared in this ethereal narrative long before they even realize the net has been cast." -Kirkus (starred)"Readers who stick with this novel will be rewarded with a love story that is as endearingly old-fashioned as it is modern and as fantastical as it is real." -School Library Journal (starred) "It is a story of secrets, and of speaking them, and the power of saying-and living-your truth, without fear." -Lambda Literary"McElmore blends magical elements with a culturally vibrant cast to create a haunting modern fairy tale...Lush, reverential language remains a hallmark of McElmore's work... Readers interested in gender identity and the pull of family and history will find this to be an engrossing exploration of these and other powerful themes." -Publishers Weekly "McLemore's lush writing gives way to a necessary tale of love and truth that spans across gender, sexuality, and even ethnicity-all with just a hint of magic." -Nivea Serrao for Entertainment Weekly"You've never read a book quite like this one...The story is lush, sexy, and ethereal, making you feel like you've been enraptured by some old fairy tale that, strangely, feels completely modern at the same time." -Bustle"One of the most delightfully unusual YA fantasy novels of the past year. There's dark magic, deep friendship, and queer romance bound together by a lovely, well-written narrative." -Tor.com"McLemore dances deftly across genres, uniquely weaving glistening strands of culture, myth, dream, mystery, love, and gender identity to create a tale that resonated to my core. It's that rare kind of book that you want to read slowly, deliciously, savoring every exquisite sentence. I adored this book." -Laura Resau, Américas Award Winning Author of Red Glass and The Queen of Water"Lushly written and surprisingly suspenseful, this magical tale is not just a love story, but a story of the secrets we keep and the lies we tell, and the courage it takes to reveal our authentic selves to each other and to the world." -Laura Ruby, Printz Award Winning-Author of Bone GapEthereal and beguiling... The enchanting setup and the forbidden romance that blooms between these two outcasts will quickly draw readers in, along with the steady unspooling of the families' history and mutual suspicions in this promising first novel. -Publishers Weekly on The Weight of FeathersTold with skillful poetic nuances, this Romeo-and-Juliet story of forbidden love will entice fans of Maggie Stiefvater's "Raven Cycle" who wished for a little more romance." -School Library Journal on The Weight of FeathersA very imaginative modern-day romance akin to Romeo and Juliet and is infused with the whimsy of magical realism. -RT Book Reviews on The Weight of FeathersReaders beguiled by the languorous language...will find themselves falling under its spell...A contemporary, magical take on an ever compelling theme. -Kirkus Reviews on The Weight of Feathers""Scales and feathers touch and burn in McLemore's stunning debut. The beauty of the language wraps around you, not letting go until long after the final page."-Jaleigh Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Dragonfly and Secrets of Solace onThe Weight of Feathers