Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel
Title:  The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Author:  Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher:  Bantam Books
Publication Date:  March 2010
Format:  Hardcover, 288 pages
Age Group:  Adult

After her mother's death, Emily Benedict moves to Mullaby, North Carolina to live with a giant of a grandfather who she has never met.  She soon learns that little in the town is what it appears to be and everyone seems to have a secret past.  Can Emily navigate through this sea of anger and distrust when she doesn't understand the source?  Will her friend Julia be able to mend fences and heal the hurts of the past as she bakes cakes in an effort to draw a lost soul back to her?

The Girl Who Chased the Moon is the first book I have read by Sarah Addison Allen but I can guarantee it will not be the last.  I absolutely adored this book.  These days it is a rare book that can capture my attention enough to read it in one sitting but I was so drawn in to this story that I did not want to put it down.  I loved all the characters and the intersecting story lines.  Sarah Addison Allen has created a world with magic but one that is as ordinary as our own at the same time.

Both Emily and Julia are struggling with fitting in.  Emily because of a family history she doesn't understand and Julia because of history she is trying to forget.  As their personal stories are revealed, the secrets of the town are revealed as well.  Often seemingly insignificant things have more power than could be imagined.  Sarah Addison Allen breathes magic into the ordinary with unusual descriptions and unique characters.

Thank you so much to Rob at Books Are Like Candy Corn for sending me a copy of The Girl Who Chased the Moon.  There was no expectation of a review.

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