Monday, July 05, 2010

Summer of Sarah: Keeping the Moon

This summer is the SUMMER OF SARAH, Sarah Dessen that is! Over 9 weeks (week one was 6/21 at The Story Siren) all 9 of Sarah's books will be featured on different blogs and also on the Sarah-land ning which is an interactive community for Sarah Dessen lovers. Each of the blog stops will have a different book up for discussion and giveaway but a lot of the action will be happening at Sarah-land, including trivia, quotes and giveaway so be sure to stop by there! Here's the Keeping the Moon page! And the conversation is also crossing over to twitter with the hashtag #sarahland.

In Sarah's Words (from here):

Keeping the Moon was the last book I wrote while working at the Flying Burrito, and because of that it is thick in all of my best waitress stuff. I think I got a lot more confident working there, and I wanted to use that experience to say something bigger about the fact that no matter how you look, it’s what is inside that gets you where you truly are meant to be. Colie was different from my other narrators because she was so angry, and as a writer I really enjoyed getting into her voice. Morgan and Isabel, the waitresses, are basically composites of a lot of the girls I worked with at the Burrito, who always amazed me with their humor, emotion, and absolute loyalty to each other. After Someone Like You, which was a heavier book that dealt with some big issues, Keeping the Moon was a fun, less-stress summer book that still had something to say. If you read my novels, you’ll see that I love a book set in the summer: it’s such a good, concise time period, and there’s endless potential for what can happen. A lot of Colie’s experiences,and the details in the book, are very personal for me: I did have a customer say “Duh,” to me when I didn’t immediately know the answer to her question, and I have a tendency to make devilled eggs whenever I get upset or am stressed about something. (Right before a book comes out, my house is filled with eggs. Filled.) I don’t like to pick favorites of my books, but if I had to Keeping the Moon would be a serious contender.

It just says a lot of things about self-esteem that I have learned, and continue to learn. Isabel, especially, has stuck with me, and when I am feeling particularly wimpy I remind myself of her, and this story, and it makes things a little easier.

And luckily enough I have one signed copy of Keeping the Moon to giveaway to one of you! Here's how to enter!

Fill out the giveaway entry form here.

The giveaway is open to addresses within the U.S. only.

The giveaway will end July 19th at 6:59 pm Central Time.

**Prize provided by publisher**


  1. This is the only Sarah Dessen book I haven't read. I'm entering the contest, thanks!

  2. I've been meaning to read more Sarah Dessen for three years now, but Dreamland is still the only book I have read by her. Maybe this is the year.

  3. I've read this Dessen book among others. My only trouble is keeping all of the stories, plots, characters straight in my head. They tend to blur together quite a bit for me. And some I think that I've read, but I haven't. Funny how there are authors out there that can do that, huh?

  4. The story is also very realistic and many can relate. The story has many "view points" between a daughter and a mother, two best friends, a niece and a aunt, and one "strange" woman and the whole town. Sarah Dessen(the author) is a great writer, and knows how to make stories relate to the reader without it being a guide book. All of her books are different, different levels of excitment, different levels of challenging, but they all are so wounderful and well writen.


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