by Jessi Kirby


Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna’s mother’s death- stays buried forever.

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“I read once that water is a symbol for emotions.
And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.”

If it weren’t for the heartbreak I would love to be one of Jessi’s characters. I love her stories. She has this talent – she can make you laugh and cry almost in the same time. She is wonderful and I don’t know how I’ll be able to wait for her next book.

“Moonglass” is a story about how to break and un-break a heart – Anna’s mother broke it into so many little piece and now it’s time for someone to put it back together. It might seem silly to you, but love can heal everything and even if she didn’t know it yet, Anna found love everywhere around her. It was just time to open her heart for all that love and leave the past behind her.

Again, this is exactly my type of book – the one that makes my heart bleed in a moment and makes my cheeks hurt (for so much laughing) in the next one.

Again, I love Jessi Kirsby – I love her style, her stories, the way she knows how to put together heartbreak and joy and come up with a perfect composition. I love how her characters are full of life even though their hearts are clouded by drama and death, I love how she gives you hope, how she breaks you and makes you whole again with the power of her words..

I have this theory, that the first book written by an author (even though it might not be flawless by some standards) comes straight from their heart, and that’s why it might be just.. perfect.
I think that the first book they write is for themselves, not for the audience, and this is why the debut novels hold the essence of the author. Off course, it’s not a rule, only an observation; off course they evolve in time and their writing gets better.. but there is something that gets lost through too much editing, something you can only find in their first book. I can’t put my finger on it, but maybe some of you have noticed it too.  So, if I loved In Honor so much, I must confess that I might be even more in love with this story here.

Moonlight is an emotional roller coaster, so prepare yourself: The sad moments are as heartbreaking as Jessi can write them, and the happy, joyful moments made me really laugh out-loud.

You can almost taste Anna’s pain and her father’s, and I was so relieved to see them work their way and make things better, because they’ve both been so alone for so long, and it was time to be close again.

But also you have to love Anna’s girlish side – how she tries to fit in, to make friends, to seduce the boy she likes, to hide in a hole when she makeS a fool of herself.

Also, the love story is so sweet that you might get a sugar high, LOL.

As I said too many times before, I love the cuteness of this type of stories, and with all the drama surrounding this love story, the book seems complete – like the inn and yang, like two halves of a heart. I liked it when they first met, also the initiation night, and the first kiss.. and everything in between.
It was a bit of a hot and cold relationship with a lot of laugh-out-loud cute moments, and some ups and downs; it was a fun ride that I would take anytime.
I have only one complain to make – it felt too short. I wanted more. More of Anna’s cuteness, more of Tyler’s confident flirting, more about Anna and her mother and the way she started to cope with the past, more about lifeguard legends and stories, more about.. everything, because I couldn’t get enough of this story.

I think that the next time I go to the beach I will keep looking for sea-glass.
I loved the story behind the moonglass, I loved the legend about the mermaid’s tears, there were so many things I loved about this book that I can’t even put them into words – there were so many, so beautiful, so deep, so full of emotion… Oh yeah, you got it, it’s great. Now just go get this book and read it!

Happy midnight reading!

Moonglass expedition

As promised, on my holidays I searched for ‘moonglass’ on the beach and even though I only found blue, green, white and orange see-glass, it was still really fun ^_^

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