An exquisitely told, authentic YA debut about family secrets, the shadow of fame, and finding your own way. Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago. But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, Phoebe’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and Kieran’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her family’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future.
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A Dreamy, Beautiful Read
“Secrets, my mother told me once, are just stories turned inside out.”
Girls in the Moon stands apart from most books. The words flow so effortlessly and beautifully, that taking a break from it is practically impossible [not that you’d want to]. It is yet another one of the unique books of 2016 that is absolutely unforgettable.
At the start of the book, I immediately felt a connection with all the characters. Their actions and their conversations felt so real that I couldn’t help but feel like I knew them in real life. Their emotions and reactions to everyday things felt so relatable, yet I couldn’t possibly explain it if I tried. It just felt like reading about real people experiencing real ups and downs, which is something most books don’t always give us.
The story mainly revolves around Phoebe and Luna. Both are daughters of parents who were in a once-famous band. It’s about this moment in time, where they have more questions than answers and are simply trying to navigate through their worlds. Each girl had many things to focus on, as well as their relationship with each other and relationships with those around them. I think through this we got to see who the girls really were.
The book also goes back and forth between the past and the present, but never in a way that could be confusing for the reader. The flashbacks only enhanced the story, and provided us with more background information on the characters. It only made them feel that much more real.
One thing I absolutely adored about this book was that the descriptions in this book were like ART. Everything was described so beautiful, so clearly, that my mind could create the most vivid pictures. It really made the experience of reading this book such an interesting, and incredible one.
Girls in the Moon is an intimate, poetic, and real story. Reading it felt warm and comforting, because it was a story that anyone could find relatable, yet it also had subtle messages that felt hopeful. This is not an easy book to describe, mainly because it is all about feeling. I really enjoyed it, and I think anyone who is looking for realistic characters and a beautiful story, would enjoy this one as well.