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Middle Grade Indie 308
Equally Heartbreaking and Heartwarming
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After her mom is killed in a car accident, Jody Moran's life changes dramatically. This book is a coming-of-age story while dealing with grief and it's equally heartbreaking and heartwarming. Jody's pain was so palpable in the book that I wanted to hug and comfort her. Kerry L. Malawista did an outstanding job capturing Jody's grief and feelings of guilt in her writing. At the same time, she was able to balance the heaviness of the loss of a parent with comical little moments of Jody and her siblings.

I was so invested in each of the Moran kids and appreciated their different personalities and how Malawista wrote the sibling relationship in such a realistic way. Although the Moran siblings bickered and fought with each other, they also supported each other in big and small moments, and Jody certainly stepped up to provide comfort to her younger siblings. I especially loved the youngest Billy and often found myself laughing at his antics.

As if grief and family drama wasn't enough, this book also touches on first crushes and all the awkwardness they entail. It made for some amusing and cringe worthy moments.

Meet the Moon will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with Jody Moran and her family!
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