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Keeping the Moon

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  54,748 Ratings  ·  2,482 Reviews
While her mother, aerobics queen Kiki Sparks, spends the summer touring Europe, fifteen-year-old Colie Sparks is stuck in sleepy Colby, North Carolina. But she's not complaining. For one thing, her Aunt Mira is a sweet, laid-back eccentric; for another, no one knows that back home in Charlotte Colie is seen as a formerly-fat "golf-course slut," the school scapegoat. Then, ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
“You believed you were beautiful and so did the rest of the world.”

I appreciate Ms.Sarah Dessen’s ability to come up with meaningful stories out of a linear plot which seems true in all her books I’ve read. I don’t believe her books have this gripping power on me as a reader and yet I still keep reading them perhaps because they’re very easy to read.

Keeping the Moon is simply about Colie, a very shy, unconfident girl (despite her mom being a celebrity) who spends her summer with her not so or
Whitney Atkinson
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars
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
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have great news guys! I am finally done my Sarah Dessen marathon! I know I haven't read Someone Like You, but I wasn't planning on reading that book. I am so happy to move onto other books, I loved doing this marathon but I went through many ups and downs. Sometimes, I wasn't a huge fan of her books but most of the time, I loved her books.


“You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it.”

Colie is a fifteen year old girl who has been bu
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.
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
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
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
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.
Even though I really liked this book and I did put it on my favorite list, I really wish Ive read it when I was 15 (the age of the main character) this is such a positive book about self-esteem and how to get it. Its a positive love yourself book. I just wished it was more fat-positive.
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every book I read by Sarah has such a powerful lesson to be learned. And this is no exception. Absolutely wonderful story.
Alicia O'Carrick

She lifted my chin so I had to look at her. “It’s all about you, Colie.” She touched one finger to her temple, tap tap tap. “Believe in yourself up here and it will make you stronger than you could ever imagine.”

It’s kind of fascinating to look at an author’s earlier work and compare it to their more recent books. Have they changed? Have they stayed the same? Do you even recognize them anymore?

That’s how I felt reading Keeping The Moon. It is the oldest of Sarah Dessen’s books that I’ve ever

I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I was going to like it in the beginning chapter because Colie was a little irritating at first. I then started to grow to like her though. Sarah Dessen seems to do this a lot in her books, I've realized this, that she seems to skim through the days. I think that's why I always would give her books 4 stars instead of 5 because I wanted it to be more descriptive I guess. But I do love her books, they are very beautiful.

- Colie
So as I said, I didn't reall
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Colie Sparks is spending the summer with her aunt while her mom is on a European tour for work. Her aunt lives in the adorable beach town of Colby, North Carolina and Colie expects a boring summer is ahead of her, but just the opposite happens. She is still dealing with a lot of issues regarding her self-esteem; the years of being made fun of for being overweight sort of hang over her head wherever she goes despite the fact that she has lost the weight. While hanging out in Colby, Colie meets Mo ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drei Gründe für drei Sterne.
1. Auch wenn sich Sarah Dessen mit Colie dem Klischee des einst dicken Mädchens ohne Freunde, der Außenseiterin ohne Selbst- und Sozialbewusstsein bedient, die erst glücklich werden kann, als sie sich selbst schließlich schön findet, verkörpern Norman, Kiki, Mira, Isabel und Morgan fünf ganz andere, komplett verschiedene Wege glücklich zu werden. Teil halsbrecherisch, teils hochmotiviert, teils weise. Diese Vielfalt hat mir sehr gefallen!!
2. Die Lovestory steht nicht
Anne Osterlund
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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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
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
Anto Tilio
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amo los libros de Sarah Dessen.
Ella lidera mi top 3 de autoras favoritas del género porque es una genia. Keeping the moon es su tercer novela publicada pero la séptima que leo y la amé. Creo que es la primera a la que le pongo 5 estrellas.
Colie tiene 15 años y tiene que pasar el verano con su tía Mira porque su mamá es Kiki Sparks, la guru del ejercicio y la pérdida de peso que anda de gira por Europa. Colie y su mamá fueron siempre gorditas y duraban poco en un mismo lugar, estaban siempre de
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
3/5 stars. It was a good book but not nearly as good as the other books I have read by Sarah Dessen. And it only took me a year to finish lol :p

I did really like Morgan though. Her and Colie's friendship reminded me of one dear friendship I had in my life. I was Colie- Had zero friends and zero self confidence. This girl befriended me when I was a freshman and she was a senior. She was a lot like Morgan fun and looking on the bright side. But, like Morgan had horrible taste in guys. She also ha
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! It's a really important story, with a good lesson for (young) girls/teenagers. Because of that I gave it 4.5 stars. An other reason why I gave it 4.5 stars out of 5 is because I'm not going to re-read it (I only give 5 stars to books I can re-read over and over again) but it's really worth to read!
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.. It was a cute little inspirational read that I honestly could have done without. I felt like even though it was a seemingly short book it went on forever. The main characters were loveable but that didn't make up for the bland storyline that seemed to be going nowhere pretty fast... I don't think Sarah Dessen is the author for me.
Jenny  (Mama Bear Reads)
I really enjoyed Keeping the Moon.
The characters were very relatable. I felt that most girls can remember feeling lost and lonely like Coley does.
Each of Dessen books get better than the last. I'm excited to start the next.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Sarah Dessen has made an awesome book with a super story that is very relatable. Her characters are always so real.
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