Dont’ Judge a Book by It’s Cover… Or in This Case, The Sticker On Its Spine

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     I usually don't like humor books, but when I recently went to my school library and picked up "Keeping the Moon" by Sarah Dessen, I was immediately intrigued.

     I usually don't like humor books, but when I recently went to my school library and picked up "Keeping the Moon" by Sarah Dessen, I was immediately intrigued. Maybe it was the interesting cover, maybe it was the excerpt on the back. Or maybe it was the fact that my librarian said I would love it. Part of me was still skeptical as I checked it out because of that little "humor" sticker on the spine…

 

     But my doubts were forgotten as soon as I read the first two sentences: "My name is Nicole Sparks. Welcome to the first day of the worst summer of my life." The novel had no chance of leaving my hands after that.

 

     Nicole, a.k.a Colie, is a fifteen-year-old who's trying to hide behind a pierced lip, box-dyed black hair and all black clothing. Deep down, she believes she is just like what everyone says she is: fat, ugly, and a nobody. She doesn't think she's beautiful like her famous mom, Kiki Sparks.

 

     But when Colie ends up in a small town called Colby to stay with her aunt Mira for the summer, she slowly discovers who she is with the help of two lovely, "twentysomething" waitresses. When Colie gets a job with them and meets someone – a boy, of course – who she thinks she has nothing in common with, she realizes that she isn't who people think she is.

 

     From the beginning of this believable, witty, young-adult story, I felt a connection with Colie. While we don't look alike, we have many things in common. I think she would relate to a lot of teenage girls. This well written novel helped me find myself just a little bit more just by reading the 228 pages of the story of how fictional Nicole Sparks discovered herself at 15 years old.

 

     Sarah Dessen's "Keeping the Moon" is definitely a young-adult novel because there is some mature content. But it's definitely something most teenage girls should read. It will benefit any reader greatly. It truly is an inspirational piece of fiction work.