Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.
In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.
Jenn Bennett has done it again! I love how Jenn Bennet writes contemporary YA but it feels like there's a world building going on. The way she makes places that mean to the characters feels like they're real all along. The way she write the background stories of all her main characters is something worth diving in. It always amazes me how she makes the characters.They're are always unique, and I love that they have they're own aesthetic too.
Serious Moonlight is no different. Though Birdie is the main character and the narrator, I also have to give props on the love interest. Daniel is something else and I love how he is not your typical love interest. Time and time again, I always complain on YA romance love interests being too perfect and flawless. But Daniel is not one of them. He is very human in this book, yet you still want to root for him to be with Birdie.
I love that this book also talk about health, sex, different kinds of love, animal rights, and such. And though the mystery is low key on here, it was still fun to do a whodunit with Birdie.
This book was very impressive to me, and keep the Jenn Bennet books coming!
~ the characters and very unique
~ it's such an impressive book