Saturday, 29 October 2016

Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Girls in the Moon
Blurb (from Goodreads):
An exquisitely told, authentic YA debut about family secrets, the shadow of fame, and finding your own way.

Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago.

But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, Phoebe’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and Kieran’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her family’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future.

Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Girls in the Moon “Secrets, my mother told me once, and just stories turned inside out.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl visiting her old sister for 1 week in New York.

Phoebe was an okay character and she seemed to care about her family, even when her father hadn’t spoken to her for nearly 3 years. Luna seemed a little more focused though, and seemed to have a clear plan for what she wanted to do with her life.

The storyline in this was about Phoebe going to visit her older sister Luna for a week. Luna was just about to take a break from college to go on tour with her band, which her mother didn’t want her to do. Phoebe didn’t really know what the right thing for Luna to do was though, and was more concerned with tracking down her father. We got a bit of mystery surrounding Luna and Phoebe’s father, a bit of mystery surrounding the person that Phoebe was always texting, and a bit of a musical theme to the story with both of Luna and Phoebe’s parents having previously been in a band.
We also got chapters that were from Luna and Phoebe’s mother’s point of view (Meg), which seemed to chronicle her time in her band, and finding out she was pregnant, but I found these a little odd as they seemed to go backwards in time, from Meg leaving to when she first signed a record deal, and I didn’t really feel like they added much to the story.

The ending to this was okay, and we did get some answers to the mysteries. This book was missing something for me though, and even though I found it enjoyable, I didn’t love it.

6.5 out of 10

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