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Fifteen-year-old Colie is spending the summer with her eccentric Aunt Mira while her mother travels. Formerly chubby and still insecure, Colie has built a shell around herself. But her summer with her aunt, her aunt's tenant Norman, and her friends at the Last Chance Diner teaches her some important lessons about friendship and learning to love yourself.
ebook, 240 pages
Published May 1st 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...more
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...more
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 Linn
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...more
Ellie
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...more
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...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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Adriana
Ok so I admittedly am behind on the my Sarah Dessen reading. I know I need to read everything by her, so I started with this one. It was really good (especially for my own personal taste). I thought it was girly, but not too girly. I liked the lessons learned in it and the different characters. Colie is a former fat girl whose mom was also fat but made herself over and rose to stardom as a fitness and inspirational guru. The story takes place over a summer when Colie spends her vacation with her...more
Fearlesprincess
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...more
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...more
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.
Margaret Stohl

One of SD's quirkier books, but I loved the characters and the world.
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Lauren Kathryn
Dessen really has a way with words, doesn't she? She takes normal, A-typical life situations and manages to be so completely different from all the rest. Her compassionate writing style engages you and the character development is astounding. I seriously wish I'd had Miss. Dessen's books whilst growing up as they opened my eyes. They teach you that it's okay to be yourself, just the way you are; something I definitely needed in youth. And I know that pretty much all YA books generally try to con...more
Alex
At First Sight: Colie was not looking forward to spending the summer at her Aunt Mira's house, but she had no other choice since her mother - Kiki Sparks, of the fitness craze fame - was going on an European tour to promote her products.

Colby, North Carolina might be a typical beach town, but Aunt Mira is anything but typical - she wears bright clothes that don't match, rides her bike everywhere, and her beach front house seems to be a graveyard of yard sell items that never quite work as they s...more
L

I read it in one sitting, so it must've kept my attention that much. Or I really just didn't feel like getting up. Anyways, this is my...fourth(?) Dessen book, and I think I've got a grip on what to say now. Dessen has a pretty nice prose style, it fits well into the perspective of a teen. However, she's also something of a one-trick pony, as all her novels follow basically the same formula. It's a nice formula, but it'd also be nice for her to get out of her safety zone and actually explore. Ho...more
Fred
One of my fav SD books. The heroine, Colie, is so irresistible. She's vulnerable but strong (wayyyyy down deep, but ultimately), sensitive to others, but independent, and just generally someone who deserves better than what she's got. Fortunately, this is a Sarah Dessen book, so the odds are good that a) she will meet a cute off-beat guy who will see what others apparently missed; and b) that at some point she'll have a sort of epiphany about herself, and aforesaid COBG, that empowers her to sta...more
Jennie
I love Sarah Dessen – her books are beautiful, her stories are tender but deep, and she is hysterical on twitter. Seriously, she tweets about books, but also a lot about her daughter which make me giggle.



This was one of her shorter novels, but still packed an adorable story. The thing I enjoy most of her novels is that many of the theme carry an underlying theme or two – this story focusing on weight and embracing your personality. The characters were quirky, but not too extreme; each having eno...more
Jess T
Jess Tango 74


I have read an amazing book by Sarah Dessen. I have never read a
book like this one, the plot is so different. This book is called Keeping the Moon. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 starts because it is such a good book and I loved the characters in it. There are a lot of main characters in this story. One main character from this story is Nicole Sparks, who goes by Colie. Her and her mom, Kiki Sparks who also has a big part in this story are always being an outcast first for them...more
Miriam Phwandaphwanda
I really enjoyed reading this book. Colie, a fifteen year old girl, is very shy and insecure because of her past. When she was younger, she was bullied because she was fat. That all changed when her mom became a famous trainer and Colie became fit, but her confidence did not. Colie is constantly bullied because of a reputation that was falsely given to her. When Colie is sent to stay with her unique aunt for a summer, her whole world changes. In Colby, she meets friends who help her realize her...more
Lily
Once again Sarah Dessen delivers a heart-felt, inspiring novel that holds a truth many teenagers may never have the chance to learn.

Rating: 4.2 sunglasses out of five.
Thalia
Jun 26, 2013 Thalia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those New to Dessen; Dessen Fans; Looking for Something Light, Short, and Sweet
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