Between Us and the Moon – Rebecca Maizel

Synopsis

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 Scarlett.

Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.

Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are destined to fall for this story about how life and love are impossible to predict.

Review

This book is beautiful, heady, and romantic… with a fierce and intense sense of impending doom. Sarah is truly experiencing LIFE for the first time, and it’s an incredible journey. But it’s completely unsustainable. The whole time, you’re bracing yourself and waiting for the jig to finally be up. There were so many near-confessions. I honestly thought that things would end during a certain event, but the magic continued just a little bit longer.

My heart went out to Bean. I get what it’s like to feel like you don’t belong, or don’t know what to say or act. At times, I was surprised by her naivety and awkwardness, but it always just made me wish I could be her best friend and guide her through these years of discovery.

Andrew was the perfect first love. He’s kind, thoughtful, and caring. Every girl deserves a guy like him.

I wish the Tucker situation was resolved more neatly. He was kind of brushed off at the end, but played such a large part of Sarah’s life and motivated many of her actions.

The dynamic between Sarah and Scarlett is an interesting one. I have a brother, not a sister. So I never understood what it was like to be in the shadow of someone so similar to me. Between sisters, there’s a sense of competition and jealousy, but so, so much unconditional love, too. I’m glad we got to see the foil to this sisterly bond, generations later, through the girls’ Gran and Aunt Nancy.

This story had an almost dreamy, nostalgic voice to it. I would’ve loved to see how Sarah turned out a few years later, rather than just a year or so. I would’ve been over the moon if we got to see Sarah two and a half years later, walking through the streets of Boston (back to MIT, naturally)—and catching sight of a familiar blond head and crooked smile. There’s nothing quite as sad as a relationship that has everything going for it except timing. A few years down the line, that kind of age difference wouldn’t even matter.

Related Reading

  • Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
  • The Avery Shaw Experiment – Kelly Oram
  • Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
  • Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
  • The Infinite Moment of Us – Lauren Myracle (the cover for Myracle’s book would also be PERFECT for this one!)

Rating: 5/5

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