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Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fe ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Speak (first published September 1st 1999)
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Ash
I just finished re-reading this book. I first read it a few years back when I was 14 so I've been waiting a while to re-read this book and give it a proper review. I thought that it might be hard for me to get back into since I'd already read it and was worried that I wouldn't like it as much as I did when I was younger. But I found myself just as interested as I was the first time. Laughing at the same parts, anticipating the same things and loving all the characters. Colie is so real and Desse ...more
Abby
For me, this wasn't as good as other Sarah Dessen books. And before I even begin reading it, I've had high expectations on this one, because I've read that this is Sarah's favorite among the books she'd written. But it doesn't quite keep me interested in it like her other novels did.

I don't really like Colie (the main character & narrator) that much. She's just usually quiet and doesn't stand up for herself, not until the very end. And I kept waiting for something big to happen, like a twist
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Snorkle
Colie feels like she has been abandoned, and to anyone else, it might actually look that way to, being dropped off to spend the summer with an Aunt she hardly knows. As Colie tries to adjust to her very different Aunt Mira and her strange artistic tenant, Norman, she lands a waitressing job at the local diner and meets Morgan and Isabel, two girls who have gone through high school and survived. Over the course of the summer Colie finds out this might have been just what she needed.

I really liked
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Cara
My first Dessen read and the one that lead me to her other marvelous novels. I drank the kool-aid once and never turned back.

I need to do a proper review for this one day. It has a good lesson on how other people can help you and that sometimes you are more special than you thought you were. The title fits and is such a cool name.
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Friendship, confidence, unique, girl-power, change.

This was my first ever Sarah Dessen and I definitely enjoyed it. It was a relatively quick read that I didn't have to focus 100% on - which is a good thing as I was puppy-sitting.

Last Chance was quite empowering. It made me feel good. But it also made me angry. I hate bullies. I can't stand them.

I liked that all of the characters had changed by the end and that you learned so much about them. They were quirky, multi-dimensional and beli
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Mandy
Every book I read by Sarah has such a powerful lesson to be learned. And this is no exception. Absolutely wonderful story.
Justin
Once you’ve read several of Sarah’s books, you really start to get a sense as to what you can expect from all the others. I find time and time again that the overall writing style in Sarah’s books really doesn’t change an a lot from book to book. That isn’t particularly a negative thing, because she is a wonderful writer. Even though she is a wonderful writer, that doesn’t stop certain things from becoming slightly repetitive.

Keeping the Moon while having the writing style I have become accusto
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Aoibhínn
I enjoyed this novel. The story revolves around the character of Nicole "Colie" Sparks, a fifteen year old girl. While Colie's mother, a famous fitness guru, is doing a fitness tour in Europe, Colie is sent away to live with her aunt Mira in a small town in North Carolina.

I found myself captivated by the characters in this novel and the relationships they have with each other. Colie's story of finding herself and realising the potential that has been there within her all along, is heart-warming
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Anne Osterlund
Colie has no faith in herself. Her mother is a star—a fitness queen who exercised her way out of 100 plus pounds, homelessness, and the country. Leaving Colie to experience the summer with her aunt in a nameless town where the only notable eatery is called Last Chance. But Colie knows better than to anticipate a new start for herself. She has moved often enough to expect the inevitable taunts, the derision, and the isolation.

Sure enough, even though she’s no longer Fat-Colie or Hole-in-One-Colie
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Talya
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen is a realistic fiction, and young adult story about a girl named Colie who has trouble making friends because she has never had any. Being overweight when she was younger didn’t help the situation. A few years later, when Colie got slim, everyone at school still hates her. Her mother, who has also lost weight, is a world famous workout woman who is going on a tour in Europe. Colie leaves her town in North Carolina to stay in Colby for the summer with her aunt Mir ...more
Josheka
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Keeping The Moon was short, sweet and like all other Dessen books, had that "wise" message in the end.

This book was just so normal and plain and..normal. Yet for some reason once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. See, that's always the case when I read any Sarah Dessen books. They're like music which makes you wanna just leave everything else and get into the flow. The messages that's always there in her books are so wonderful and we can always expect to le
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Wendy Darling
Not my favorite Dessen, but like all her books that I've read so far, it's compulsively readable and likable, and full of great, quirky characters, honest emotion, and unforgettable settings. I love the way Dessen writes female friendships in particular--they always feel real and nuanced, veering from loving exasperation to crazy joy to impatience to rock-steady love. Just like all the best relationships I've known in real life.
Vienna
*4.5 stars* I loved this story!
Lauren Fidler
so, on the inside flap (which i assume has a technical name, but i don't know it), it reads: it's like a cinderella tale that could really happen to you. i paraphrase, but the gist is accurate.

let's get this straight, then: my mother could be a weight loss guru (female richard simmons) who pawns me off on my eccentric morbidly obese aunt who loves broken things because nobody's perfect and once i'm there i can get an impromptu summer job at a diner/cafe where i meet two girls 1. who is a beautif
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Valerie
The first time I read this book was about 4 years ago so I decided to read it again and I was still just as interested in it as I was then. This is the book that first got me started on reading Sarah Dessen books. Its a good starter too since it isn't as dark as some of her other books.

Colie seems to hold herself back so much in the start of the book. She is also a bit of a push over which isn't what you would expect from a girl with dyed black hair and a lip piercing. However as the book progr
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Lisa (Lost in Literature)
“It’s so, so stupid what we do to ourselves because we’re afraid. It’s so stupid.”


Colie and her mother, Kiki Sparks, fitness guru, used to be quite heavy. Because of this, Colie went through a lot of teasing back home in school. Upon her mother’s transformation into Kiki Sparks, both Kiki and Colie lose weight and become much healthier, avoiding all fatty foods and living a healthy lifestyle. Because Kiki is going on tour in Europe for the summer promoting her fitness regimen, Colie is sent to s
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Caitlyn
This is by no means my favorite novel by Sarah Dessen. I knew what I was getting into when I started it. Sarah Dessen generally follows the same rough pattern with her books, but this one fell short for whatever reason.

Though character depth is not something I associate with Dessen, I think that she achieves the height of it in her longer books (like Lock and Key) than in her shorter novels. I didn't connect much with Colie because there wasn't much there to connect with. The secondary character
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Lisa (Lost in Literature)
“It’s so, so stupid what we do to ourselves because we’re afraid. It’s so stupid.”


Colie and her mother, Kiki Sparks, fitness guru, used to be quite heavy. Because of this, Colie went through a lot of teasing back home in school. Upon her mother’s transformation into Kiki Sparks, both Kiki and Colie lose weight and become much healthier, avoiding all fatty foods and living a healthy lifestyle. Because Kiki is going on tour in Europe for the summer promoting her fitness regimen, Colie is sent to s
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Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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MY THOUGHTS
I've read almost all of Sarah Dessen's books and, I must say, her books are absolutely brilliant. This isn't my favorite of hers, but this was still a very good book.

This book focuses on Colie. Both Colie and her mom used to be fat, until her mom becomes Kiki Sparks, fitness guru. Now both Colie and her mom are skinny and Kiki Sparks is famous for getting people fit! Kiki has to go on tour, so Colie is left with her electric a
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Vale (BooksAndTea58)
Can I just say I would give this book a billion stars? awww It was just so cute and heartwarming, it is about Colie, a girl who struggled with her weight in the past, that now is in perfect body shape, thanks to her mother who became a fitness star and who helped her through her weight-loss path. She is sent to her Aunt's house at the beach, in order to spend there her holidays. When she arrives, she doesn't really expect that she will find friends and love, together with herself.
my favourite q
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intrepide fille noire
Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite Authors. I like her writing style, how she manages to put emotion into words in her stories. Her books leave me equipped with knowledge, experience even.
This book is like all of her books I have read. Well written with a story that captured my heart, left me wanting to know what happens next as I turned the pages.
Colie was a girl with self esteem issues. Morgan, Isabel, Norman and Mira all help her to see herself for what she truelly is.
This story had the per
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Athina
3.5

Reading from an author whose books were the first few YA books I loved brought back a sense of nostalgia! I love Sarah Dessen writing, she never fails to make lovable characters and stories. Her writing kept me engaged for the most part, but the plot lacked that extra pizzazz. This is NOT my favorite Sarah Dessen book, but I do love the morals of the book.

Characters:

Colie: I didn't love Colie's perspective, she was quite the wallflower and downright boring. It was more exciting to read abou
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Kate
In my quest to re-read the Sarah Dessen books this summer, this is the first of the books that I skipped over my first time reading through the books.

Colie and her mom used to be overweight. Then Colie's mom transformed herself into Kiki by losing a lot of weight and helping Colie to do the same. But while Kiki's life became a lot better, Colie continued to struggle with bullies and her self-esteem. Kiki sends Colie to spend the summer with her aunt while Kiki goes around on a European tour. In
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Scarlett
3'5 en realidad

Hace dos o tres años leí Una canción para ti, también de esta autora. No había oído hablar de él ni de Sarah Dessen en la vida, lo cogí de la estantería de una amiga por un impulso. Y al pasar la última página me quedé con una sensación extraña y a la vez maravillosa que Atrapa la luna me ha transmitido de nuevo.

La historia cuenta con una premisa simple: una adolescente que pasa un verano en un pueblo pequeño durante el que se enfrentará a sus problemas. Pero es que Sarah Dessen t
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Sierra Abrams
Yearning to Read

Pages: 228
Release Date: May 11th, 2004 (First published September 1st, 1999)
Date Read: 2011, August 30th-31st
Received: Own
Rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended to: 16+

Summary -
Welcome to the life of Colie Sparks - once a fattie, daughter of a world-famous workout instructor, and bored for the summer. She has to stay with her (eccentric) aunt, an aunt who doesn't exactly fit into her small town of Colby, NC. But what Colie finds in Colby is more than she expected, and it may change her lif
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Elizabeth Liu
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Nicole “Colie” Sparks has been over-weight her whole life and so has her mother, Katherine Sparks. Colie has only ever known a life on the road, hopping from school to school, and living off of junk food with her mother. That part of their lives, before her mother became Kiki Sparks, is referred to as “The Fat Years.” Now Kiki Sparks is a fitness guru and the most popular personal trainer of the masses. Collie hasn’t always been just the “new kid,” she’s always b
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Katya
Ok, before everything else, can I just say I totally love this cover? For some reason it reminds me of a 50's drive-through, with the bright colors against the black background, the little details, the car, the heart, the ice tea and coffee... yeah, this is pretty cool.

Anyway, onto the book... It's awesome.

I know, I know. Kate, reign in your fangirlism and give us a proper review. Very well: The story can be stereotypical. The graceful Swan who hasn't yet realized it shed its ugly ducking feathe
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Grace
If you look at the synopsis of Keeping the Moon, you might think that there isn't really a lot of basic ideas to work with. I thought so too, but after finishing this book, I knew I was completely mistaken. Sarah Dessen made a seemingly boring storyline into a fresh, flourishing plot that captured my complete attention.

I loved the characters. I loved how they all had their flaws and embarrassing moments and awkward times. They were so real, so there. Collie was a great protagonist. I loved watc
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Michelle
Colie is your typical lost teenage girl. Her mother, a fitness guru, is off to Europe for the summer, and Colie must stay with her Aunt Mira, an eccentric artist who loves to adopt people, pets and things that aren't working quite right. Colie, in order to survive an entire summer with little to do, starts a job at the Last Chance diner. And there she befriends Morgan, Isabel and Norman. The three of them, along with some help from Mira, help Colie discover there is more to her than her former f ...more
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