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The Girl Who Chased the Moon

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  41,123 Ratings  ·  5,260 Reviews
In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world—no matter how out of place they feel.

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the ri
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Bantam
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
3.5 stars
Sarah Addison Allen is one of the very few ladies' lit authors I can tolerate. Her stories are sweet and fluffy and utterly insubstantial, but they're nice when you need a break from heavier fare. I always know what I'm asking for when I pick one up, so I can't complain too much afterward that they're sappy and implausible. That would be like ordering vanilla ice cream and then complaining that it wasn't mashed potatoes and gravy. Or buying a Britney Spears CD and then wondering why it
May 13, 2010 Mindy rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This should really be 2.5 stars, but I give the benefit of the extra .5 for the entertainment value.

There were things I really loved about this book, and there were things I really didn't like about this book. Mainly, I loved Addison Allen's descriptions of both the normal (the small town, the brown leaves, the lake, etc) and the magical elements (Win's warmth, Stella's husband's black powdery soot left on the legs and necks of other women, Sawyer seeing/sensing sweets, the wallpaper, etc). She
Mar 15, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love good storytelling
Shelves: 2010, own
Two Christmases ago, my co-worker gave me a book. No surprise there, but the particular book she presented me with was unlike anything I had ever come across before. The book was Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and the genre was magical realism. As soon as I started in, I was lost. I was in love. Upon sinking into the story, I found myself awash in mouth-watering food, complicated yet beautiful relationships, and surrounded by intriguing people with a little touch of magic. Did I mention ...more
This novel contains two parallel storylines: 1). The former high school misfit, the boy she couldn't have and the secret that lies between them and 2). A teenaged orphan that arrives in town and realises her mother wasn't always the person she thought she was.

Although this novel is apparently aimed at an adult audience, I felt it would be better suited to be labelled as young adult. There wasn't really a lot happening in this book. At times it was boring and a bit of a chore to get through. The
Nov 16, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Five stars: Another delicious, heart felt read from Sarah Addison Allen.

What is home to you? A comfortable, warm place filled with loving faces? Is it the scent of freshly baked cookies or pie wafting through the air? A worn blanket draped across a favorite chair and a good book? The soft, silky touch of a beloved pet’s fur? Finding shelter in the protective embrace of a lover? Home is more than just a place it is a destination where you feel safe; someplace where all
Jun 17, 2010 Arlene rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen as Emily and Julia's storylines were both engaging and refreshing to read. All of the characters in this story were likeable and the plot was infused with steady-paced intrigue and moments of mystical enchantment that kept me captivated the entire time.

In this story, seventeen year old Emily Benedict arrives in Mullaby, North Carolina, a town filled with misfits, after the death of her mother Dulcie. When she comes to town
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Nov 06, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all women
Recommended to Mollie *scoutrmom* by: Pjbookhoarder
Shelves: romance, read-in-2010
This is the third novel by Allen that I've read, and I am happy to say they cannot be pigeonholed. There are two romances going on here, but the theme of the story is acceptance.

The author is so skilled at characterization that I don't even notice it being done. These people simply seem to exist.

I love Allen's way with words. "It had probably been an opulent white at one time, but now it was gray, and its Gothic Revival pointed-arch windows were dusty and opaque. It was outrageously flaunting it
Jun 18, 2010 Roxy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Jo
I really enjoyed and liked Sarah Addison Allen's previous two books so I was excited when I found out she had another out. The Girl Who Chased the Moon was a good read, very quick and enjoyable but I don't think it lived up to the other two. On it's own I liked it but in comparrison, it was missing something. In a way it seemed like it should be a YA book. The characters drew you in as did the town but it seemed as though she could have written a much more in depth story here. The book descripti ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Liriel27 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Allen's work, people who like happy endings
Shelves: first-reads, fantasy
I received an advance copy of this through First Reads, a program which consistently makes me happy.

Allen is one of those authors who puts me in a pensive mood, like my brain has to digest her style and story for a bit before I can really decide what to do with it. I'm a fan of her magical realism, because they all seem rooted in a greater emotional arc for her characters. I am also willfully old-fashioned in my appreciation of her plotting.

This book satifies my desire, left over from childhood,
Apr 23, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, favorites
Oh goodness, again Sarah Addison Allen has written a charming book. Just enough magic, glitter and sugar. I loved every page....
Jul 20, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
This was my first Sarah Addison Allen book, and I am utterly enchanted. I can't believe that I've waited so long to read this. I want to thank my dear friend Carrie for pushing these books until I finally listened and picked one up. I loved the mix of summer heat in a small town, delicious food, and magic. My only complaint is that the story didn't last long enough! I didn't want to leave the town of Mullaby or these characters.

The Girl Who Chased The Moon follows two story lines that converge
I just loved this book. It's short, and I easily finished it in a day - well, I stayed up late to do it, but it was still in a day. I just couldn't put it down! While parts are predictible, it was a light hearted read and one that drew me into it within the first few pages. I rated it more of a 3, because it's not quite the same literary quality that I would rate higher, but if I categorized and rated on light hearted reads? It would be a 4...

The author does an amazing job with character develop
Apr 18, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing
After the death of her mother Dulcie Shelby, seventeen year old, Emily Benedict moved to North Carolina to the town of Mullaby to live with her grandfather Vance -aka the giant of Mullaby- whom she's never known about before. Curious as to why her mother never mentioned her time at home and she never came back to visit, Emily wants to learn about the obvious story lurking in this small town, and why some seem cold to her.
Will she have to live with the sins of her mothers past?
...It's been almost
When Emily Benedict's mother dies, Emily goes to her old hometown to live with her grandfather Vance. As Emily searches for her mother's history, she becomes entangled with mysterious Win Coffey, who has secrets of his own. Meanwhile, Vance's neighbor Julia Winterson, bakes delicious concoctions and dreams of her past, of connections made but long broken.

As with Allen's other novels, this one is light, charming, and faintly magical, but somehow, I didn't enjoy it as much. Partly it was because
Maria Eleynita
This is pure magic!!

There is a bit of magic in this book. And I adore the story. I love all the characters except for this annoying stepmom. The story is all about family secrets from generation to generation. This is an easy read and just amazing.

The grandfather Vance reminds me of Roald Dahl's book the BFG, the big friendly giant. I love him he is so kind and the kind of grandfather anyone would like to have because he is just so good and really loves his family and his wife. When he tells the
Teena in Toronto
Aug 25, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it it was ok
Emily is 17 and her mother has recently died. She has to live in a small town with her only relative, her rich old grandfather who she'd never met or knew existed. Emily's mother had left town in the midst of a scandal right after high school.

Julia had been an outcast in high school and bullied by Emily's mother. Twenty years later, Emily and Julia are neighbours and is one of Emily's few friends.

Sawyer is still sniffing after Julia ... they had a one night stand in high school and neither has f
Mar 30, 2010 Angie rated it liked it
After reading and loving both of Sarah Addison Allen's first two books I just went ahead and popped her on over to my auto-buy list and sat back to wait for THE GIRL WHO CHASED THE MOON. I was lucky enough to discover Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen only a few months ago and so it hasn't been that long a wait. But Garden Spells was perfectly delightful and The Sugar Queen was quite literally an example of the perfect book at the perfect time. I can't wait to re-read it again. So I found myself ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
A good southern chick-lit. I will have to read some more of Allen.
Couple of thoughts:

A beautiful writing voice.
I savored the words
and reveled in the setting.
All my senses were engaged.

A sweet story with a natural tension to carry the story forward.
It had me turning pages gently and consistently.

Lovely and quirky characters.

Can't wait to discover more of this author's work.

Not exactly what I was expecting. Sweet, but strange. I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief which affected my enjoyment, although I did enjoy it overall, just not as much as I might have if I'd been able to buy into the story more. Not sure whether I would read any more by Sarah Addison Allen.
Kerstin ~ (SheReadsByMoonlight)
This was another magical and beautiful story by Sarah Addison Allen, filled with likeable characters.

After her mothers death, Emily is moving to Mullaby to live with a grandfather she never knew. She soon finds out that the small town is filled with misfits; there is for example her grandfather the giant and the Coffey family that don't leave their house after dark. She realizes that she might have a hard time fitting in, as everybody seems to despise her late mother for the things she has done
Lisa Kay
Loved Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells, which I read earlier this year and set me chasing after Magical Realism books. Love the cover on this book too, as blue is my favorite color and I’m a “book-cover-ho”. There were some perfect touches in this book; however, unlike many other GR readers, I was more than ready for the story to end. I was even just lukewarm over Rebecca Lowman’s narration, and I usually enjoy her readings. I smiled over the reason for the bakery’s name; nonetheless, I wasn ...more
Acabei agora O Feitiço da Lua e assim já li todos os livros dela publicados em português.
É um livro lindo e mágico, como a autora já nos habituou.
Dificilmente o considero o melhor dos três. Mas nem por isso deixa de ser um romance muito giro.

Para já, tenho imensa pena que os livros dela sejam tão pequenos. Apesar de ela escrever bem e estruturar bem as suas histórias, enredos e personagens queremos sempre mais e quando damos por nós já não há mais páginas para ler.

E não considero este livro o
Molly Amory
Apr 14, 2011 Molly Amory rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adults and adults, people who like a bit of whimsy in their coming of age fiction
Shelves: 2010, and, fantasy
Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world…no matter how out of place they feel...

That blurb excerpt is a little lame, and doesn't do the story justice. I would hesitate to call this urban fantasy, because the setting isn't particularly urban (sort of small-town Southern) and the fantasy is less fantasy than ... a touch of magical realism, basically. But it is the story of two women, one 17 (Emily) and one in her thirties (Julia). Emily is struggling with her mot
Jan 13, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
I picked up this book before Christmas, drawn by the jacket blurb and an old childhood fascination with the moon. At the time, I didn't know that Allen had written other books, nor did I realise that the story would be a mixture of magical and realistic elements.

This is a book full of warm and enchanting magic, but at its heart, this book is about people, the relationships that they share and the struggle all of us face at some point to reconcile and fuse our past with our present.

Emily Benedict
BJ Rose
I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl Who Chased the Moon. I love books with a light touch of magic, especially when it's a new twist, like wallpaper that changes with your mood - from lilacs to fluttering butterflies to phases of the moon, etc. And then there's the light that dances through the woods, and the hope and love that's baked into Julia's cakes - so much that it floats through the air to reach those with a 'sweet sense' (one of the reasons why her cakes sell so well?).

This is my 2nd Sarah Add
Oct 05, 2010 Janelle rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Janelle by: Tammy
Shelves: 2010, favorites
I'm so pleased to see that Sarah Addison Allen came back to her magical writing as she did in Garden Spells. This woman has such an incredible knack for describing sight, sound and feelings with food. What better combination can a book have than love and sugar?!

Combine some magic, lots of romance, a bit of mystery, some elusive lights glowing in the woods, tasty sweets and what do you have? The perfect recipe called The Girl Who Chased The Moon .

And on a side alive, Sawyer to me was
Jul 17, 2010 January rated it really liked it
I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and couldn't put it down! It was a quick, easy and uplifiting read! It is a really cute story! This book is a perfect quick summer/beach read if you are looking for one.

The reason I only gave it 3 1/2 stars is because I knew EXACTLY what was going to happen about halfway through the book and the second half of the book just wasn't as good knowing that. I also think the end should have been a little different *Spoiler* I really wante
Sep 02, 2011 Audrey rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
I love this type of magic realism -- Alice Hoffman and Joanne Harris are both favorites of mine, so I'm glad to have found and added Allen to the list. And while there was much about this story that I enjoyed, I felt, in the end, that I didn't really get to know the characters (with the exception of Julia) well enough and that things wrapped up too nicely by the end of the book. Things just felt too shallow, and I was really hoping for something deeper -- something that could really embrace and ...more
La Fenice Book
May 06, 2015 La Fenice Book rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finalmente dopo svariate letture sono riuscita a leggere "Il giardino dei raggi di luna" magicamente vergato dalla bravissima Sarah Addison Allen.

La meravigliosa ambientazione, i fantastici personaggi e le magiche doti della scrittrice ci riportano in un mondo tutto suo. Protagonista della storia è Emily una ragazzina che dopo la morte della mamma si è trasferita dal nonno a Mullaby, un piccolo paesino ove dimora un segreto. Le pagine scorrono veloci e in pochi giorni ho concluso le righe che m
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New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility.

Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journa
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“I'm homesick all the time," she said, still not looking at him "I just don't know where home is. There's this promise of happiness out there. I know it. I even feel it sometimes. But it's like chasing the moon - just when I think I have it, it disappears into the horizon. I grieve and try to move on, but then the damn thing comes back the next night, giving me hope of catching it all over again.” 198 likes
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