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Between Us and the Moon

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,766 ratings  ·  376 reviews
A luminous young adult novel that evokes Judy Blume’s Forever for a new generation.

Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But this summer on Cape Cod, she’s determined to finally grow up. Then she meets gorgeous college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl who’s older than she is. A girl like Sca
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Harper Teen
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Rebecca Maizel Thank you so much for your question! I apologize that I didn't get to it sooner - I missed the notification. My intention with the ending (and believe…moreThank you so much for your question! I apologize that I didn't get to it sooner - I missed the notification. My intention with the ending (and believe me it's been a surprise that so many people have responded to it so passionately) is that Bean's journey, in this story anyway, has come to an end. Who she is now - someone with self respect and integrity - is someone she was not at the start of the book. The book, to me, is about learning to love yourself, respect yourself, and those around you. <spoiler> I would write a sequel about the summer Bean actually does turn 18 and explore that but there's no definitive plans right now.

Thank you so much for asking - you made my day. </spoiler>(less)

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Emily May
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
"You watch the world. I'm not even sure you live in it."

It's so weird how nearly every 2015 YA book that promises fast-paced action and/or fantasy turns into a story about that guy (or guys) with the beautiful eyes, and yet most YA books pitched as cutesy summer romances turn out to be powerful and moving coming-of-age stories. Between Us and the Moon is just that.

This is a story about Sarah - the baby of the family, who everyone calls "Bean". Her older sister, Scarlett, is the beautiful one
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

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WARNING: If you don’t like mean reviews, do not read this. If you don’t like RANTS, do not read this. If you don’t like curse words, demoralization of fictional characters, or just an all around bad attitude….DO NOT MOTHERFUCKING READ THIS.

No one has ever seen me post a mean review. I have NEVER lost my shit before. If anyone-ANYONE-is curious as to what my INITIAL reaction is after a book I am just all around generally disgusted by? THIS WOULD BE THE REVIEW TO READ.


Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“You watch the world. I’m not even sure you live in it.”

This was a touching YA romance, and I felt really sorry for Sarah.

I liked Sarah in this story, and I felt really sorry for her in the way her best friend/boyfriend dumped her totally out of the blue. I knew her lying to Andrew was a bad idea, but it was also easy to see why she did it, especially living in the shado
Jaime Arkin
4.5 stars -

I am not going to sugar coat it. This book ruined all my pre-conceived notions of what I need in a story in order to fall totally in love with it. I think many of you are either going to love it or hate it.

Sarah (Bean) has lived her life in the shadow of her older sister Scarlett. She’s spent her life focusing on Science and school instead of getting out and meeting people and making friends. Except for Tucker. Tucker who she’s been best friends with for as long as she can remember.
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I had heard about this book last year through GR. It looked interesting. At the time it wasn't in my library so I made a mental note of it. Luckily it had come to my library and I was excited to read it! Unfortunately I did not enjoy it.

The book begins with Sarah talking to her sister Scarlett about the stars. Scarlett calls Sarah a dork and leaves. Their mother calls and announces that Sarah's boyfriend Tucker is here. Sarah goes to
I'm kind of pissed off right now after finishing this book... The beginning of this book started off promising, and I actually thought it was going to be a cute summer romance novel. This is a "coming of age" novel about a girl named Sarah who always lives in the shadows of her sister Scarlet. Scarlet is a ballerina and she always gets all the attention from their parents and from boys and Sarah is an awkward social outcast who spends all of her time stargazing and being a scientist.

“You watch
Initial reaction: Bean was a relatable character that I liked following for the most part in this narrative of a geeky stargazing girl trying to navigate her way through several changes that occur in her life back-to-back. Still meditating on the rating (Probably between 3.5 and 4 stars), but I think Rebecca Maizel's talent for showing character intimacy was well-noted here.

Full review:

I honestly had no idea what to expect picking up Rebecca Maizel's "Between Us and the Moon" - I did know that i
Laurence R.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I ended up liking this a lot (except for the awkwardness I felt).
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-book, audiobook
3.5 stars!

Jointly reviewed with my co-blogger, Becca!

Lisa : Becca and I were so excited to start this book. We are huge fans of summer beach reads, and this one seemed like it would be perfect. A story set in the summer months on Cape Cod... YES!

Sarah has forever lived in her sister, Scarlett's, shadow. Scarlett is three years older than Sarah, beautiful, and extremely popular. Sarah has always been considered the "little sister". Though she's 15, she's treated as if she's 12.

✧・゚:* ✩ 4.5 SHINY STARS ✩*:・゚✧

LISTEN, I DON’T KNOW WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THIS BOOK BUT I REALLY LIKED IT DON’T JUDGE ME, OKAY? Cool. Now, I really enjoyed. this book. I mean in the end it ripped my heart to tiny little pieces but it had to happen….btw don’t get me wrong this book did pissed me off in some points but overall I really liked it and it was fun to read.

So one of the things that I liked about Between Us & The Moon is that even tho Sarah wanted to become ‘somebody else’ with the Scarlett

I adored this book... right up until the last page.

Okay, let me rephrase that. I adored Andrew through the last page and beyond, Sarah--and that ending--not so much. We’ll get into that, though.

Let’s start with Sarah first.

She’s young. Fifteen. She's immature, still finding out what her purpose in life should be. She thought she had it figured out. She was pretty certain it involved science and the sky and the endless number of stars she’d spent the last year looking at particularly hard while s
Rhea Dsouza
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
If I were to pitch Between Us and The Moon is one sentence it would be something like this: A summer romance filled with lies and stars.

 Sarah “Bean” Levin, scientist and stargazer, is sick of being in the shadow of her older sister Scarlett. After she’s dumped by her long time best friend turned boyfriend Tucker, she decides that she’s going to start working on The Scarlett Experiment—an attempt to observe how exactly her sister has all the boys wrapped around her finger. Sarah changes her clot
Julie Zantopoulos
This was a perfectly cute story with good audio narration. You have the nerdy MC whose nose is so far in the books she can't see the people around her. She runs a social experiment to be more like her social butterfly ballerina sister and finds summer love. The age difference in the story doesn't other me. I loved that the love interest isn't a bad boy with no depth-he's actually pretty amazing. I think it's a bit ridiculous, like always, that a girl can go from zero to smoking hot with an outfi ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah is just about to turn sixteen and is sick of being overlooked by her family. Her mother and father mostly ignore her and her older sister treats her horribly. Sarah has always admired her sister's social skills and confident air in public—Scarlett is beautiful, popular, and attracts attention at every corner. She's the center of her group of friends and certainly never has to try to be charming.

So Sarah, who is a nerdy, intelligent young scientist at heart, decides to undergo the "Scarlett
Jul 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Before I start this review, I just want to say that this is probably the case of "Ït's not you, it's me".Since it looks like I'm the only one giving it a one star. So, I'm just gonna say it. I didn't like this book.

I'm gonna start off by saying I found the main character i.e. Sarah aka Bean very annoying. Her lying in the beginning actually had a pretty good reason. She was always in the shadows of her perfect sister and nobody saw her for who she really was. She just had a pretty rough breakup
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Between Us And The Moon is a great summer story. As summer comes I am thinking beaches, fruits, and long walks on the beach. After looking at the cover of this book I knew I was going to read this book and love it.Summer romances happen all summer long and sometimes they last and sometimes they don't. I will not give away the ending but it is definitely perfect for this book.

This book is about a girl Sarah who lives in the shadow of her older sister Scarlett. She wants to be like her sister outg
Well, I can't deny this was cute.

Really, it was. I hadn't expected to like it so much. It has a little bit of everything. Romance. Sisterly relationships. Beach-y, sandy settings. In some ways, it felt like a Sarah Dessen knockoff but I enjoyed it. The relationship of Bean and Scarlett is one of the best sister relationships in YA I've read in awhile.

Sarah "Bean" has lived in the shadow of her older sister, Scarlett, for as long as she could remember. She's a major in astronomy, having focused m
Sarah has always felt like she's lived in the shadow of Scarlett, her older sister. When her boyfriend breaks up with her right before the family is leaving to go to Cape Cod for the summer, Sarah decides it's an opportunity for an experiment. She'll act more like her older sister and see if that attracts friends and boys. This is how she meets college boy Andrew. She finds herself having real feelings for him, feelings that seem to be returned, but he doesn't know the real her. If she tells him ...more
may ❀
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

What an excellent contemporary that digs deeper and challenges everything in your typical average love story! While the books starts off pretty slow paced, it speeds up and leaves you craving, yearning, and crying for more.

Between Us and the Moon is about Sarah, more commonly known as Bean, who has always felt as though she lives in her vivacious older sister, Scarlett’s shadow. Sarah is this genius astronomer that lives with her head in the clouds. After her childhood best friend and boyfrie
My thanks to HarperTeen

description There are some (a little) explicit sex scenes which may not be suitable for young readers.

Point of View: Single (Sarah, aka Bean)
Writing: First Person | Present Tense
Setting: Rhode Island/Nantucket/New Orleans
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary Romance

As much as I didn't like what Bean had done and the fact she was starving for attention to the poi

This book was amazing. I finished it a few months ago, and I still remember everything in vivid detail. Anyone who loves contemporary romances will love this book, especially if you don't believe in heroines that always need to be perfect. Bean is flawed and infuriating but lovable and real, and so is every other character in this book.

While I can't say it was perfect because it made me angry, I actually can say that it's perfect for the very same reason. Everyone in this book is com
Sarah (nicknamed Bean) is used to living in the shadow of her dashing older sister Scarlett. Whereas Scarlet is popular, beautiful and graceful, Bean is used to being regarded as geeky and logical, as someone who is more interested about the gathering of information than socializing with her peers. After Bean gets dumped by her boyfriend for being too logical and for rather watching the world than living in it, she thinks that in order for her to be desirable as a friend or even a romantic inter ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, edelweiss
See this review, and others, on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

So, it's kind of more like 3.5 stars for this one.

When I picked this book up, I expected a sweet, summer romance that would make a quick, heartwarming read, but I didn't get that. I mean, don't get me wrong, the book wasn't bad...but I just had a lot of problems with it.

For one, Sarah (or Bean - her nickname, even though I don't remember any point in the book where it describes why she is called Bean), spends the entire book pretty
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
Confession: This cover was calling my name! I love the pretty shades of blue and the picture of the beach and this is what initially attracted me to this book. Plus, I’ve had a book by this author on my shelves for years and figured it was time I finally read one of her books. There were a few issues that bothered me with this book, but overall I ended up liking this one.

Sarah has always live din the shadow of her older, prettier and more popular sister Scarlett. Scarlett has no problem making f
savannah chandler
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sarah, who is 16 and the main character in this book, wants to be more like her older sister, Scarlett. She doesn't want to base her whole life around astronomy, she wants to date guys and be a girl. So, she comes up with the Scarlett Plan. She'll borrow her sister's clothes and makeup and try to pick up a guy. Surprisingly, she meets Andrew, who is everything her Scarlett Plan boyfriend is. The only bad thing is, she's lied about her age, going to college, even though she's still in high school ...more
Jen Halligan
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, and could not put it down toward the end. I did find the main character Sarah and her lies off-putting, but I absolutely loved Andrew! Full review to come.
Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)
I can't even explain how much I loved this.
It was everything I wanted and more.
Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book began with some heartbreak and ended with some heartbreak, at least for me. I didn't agree with all the posturing and lying Sarah did along the way, but she did grow a lot from the whole experience, and it moved many of the relationships in her life in a positive direction.

Things I loved:
• All the science nerd stuff was top notch for me. I ❤️ science
• I loved being out at the Cape again. It's been years and it was fun to revisit
• I was a fan of the romance. It was sweet and Andrew was
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
Between Us and The Moon: Teenage astronomer has an existential crisis when her boyfriend breaks up with her!

That sounds a bit negative, but there was a lot of good in this book as well as some things I wasn’t so sure of. There are parts of me that definitely finds this book kind of silly, but I also really enjoyed the experience of reading it.

The story deals with a 16 year old girl named “Bean” who wants to be a scientist. She plans to spend her summer tracking a comet, but everything gets derai
This book is so beautiful. I actually needed this, it reminded me so much of Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty, I absolutely loved it. What I loved the most about it was the character growth of both Sarah and Andrew. At first I wasn't sure where I stood, I never formed an opinion on relationships that are forbidden due to age gaps, involving an underaged. After reading this book I realized it doesn't bother me, if the gap isn't big and the underaged is mature enough to know what they want. ...more
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