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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen (1999)



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I didn't enjoy this book as much as others by Sarah Dessen. The plot was slow and I found Colie's attitude annoying. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
I absolutely loved this book. It accurately depicts how teenage years can be. Adding on the fact that she is in a town she doesn't remember with people who don't know who she is and she has issues with her body. You've got a recipe for disaster. But Sarah Dessen helps her navigate it beautifully. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
keeping the moon was the first Sarah Dessen book I read and loved it and have now read almost all the Dessen books she is a #1 author for sure my favorite!!!
  hannah7248 | Jan 21, 2015 |
This book started off okay. I didn't finish it,but I will give it another try.
  stephanie.dicesare.7 | Jun 25, 2014 |
Colie is a fat girl stuck in a skinny girl's body. She lost the weight, she did everything she was supposed to do to shed the years of shame and insignificance but inside she still feels 2 feet tall and 200 lbs. Colie grew up with her free-spirited mom who never really had a hang on life, bills, her diet until one day Colie's mom discovers a gym where she can work out and starts to dramatically lose weight. Inspiring others, Colie's mom becomes an international superstar and weight loss celebrity and starts to travel the world teaching her art. Colie has lost the weight but now in her high school, her new nick name is SLUT. The mean girls at school like to torment Colie as much as they can and Colie is as insecure as a girl can be. Since her mom is traveling the world, performing her weight loss techniques on TV, Colie is thrust into a beach town with her aunt that she barely knows. Her aunt is extremely free-spirited, doesn't own a car, is over-weight and doesn't seem to mind it, and doesn't notice when people make fun of her for it. Colie doesn't know what to think of it but in a chance encounter at a local restaurant she is given a summer job as a waitress and starts to make friends and see that she can be accepted, she can beautiful and be herself.
This is a coming of age story about a young girl who discovers that she is not what the mean girls call her, she is a cool person who can let loose, be herself and make friends. She is not defined but other people's definitions of her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Her aunt was a breath of fresh air and the friends Colie makes along the way were just what she needed. ( )
  KatieHeflin | Jun 15, 2014 |
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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.

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Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.

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