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Keeping the Moon
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Keeping the Moon
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Never underestimate the power of friendship. When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn't expect much. But Colie didn't count on meeting Morgan and Isabel. Through them, she learns...
Never underestimate the power of friendship. When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn't expect much. But Colie didn't count on meeting Morgan and Isabel. Through them, she learns...
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  • Never underestimate the power of friendship.

    When Colie goes to spend the summer at the beach, she doesn't expect much.

    But Colie didn't count on meeting Morgan and Isabel.

    Through them, she learns what true friendship is all about, and finally starts to realize her potential.

    And that just might open the door to her first chance at love. . . .

    "A down-to-earth Cinderella story. . . captures that special feeling." —The New York Post

    Also by Sarah Dessen:
    Along for the Ride
    Dreamland
    Just Listen
    Lock and Key
    The Moon and More
    Someone Like You
    That Summer
    This Lullaby
    The Truth About Forever
    What Happened to Goodbye
 

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  • From the book chapter one

    My name is Nicole Sparks. Welcome to the first day of the worst summer of my life.

    "Colie," my mother said with a sigh as she walked down the train platform toward me. She was in one of her FlyKiki workout suits, purple this time; she looked like a shiny grape. Her assistant, standing by the station door, took a not-so-subtle look at her watch. "Will you please try not to look so tortured?"

    I fake-smiled at her, crossing my arms more tightly over my chest.

    "Oh, that's even worse," she said. Another sigh. "With your hair that color and that thing in your lip you look terrible even when you're smiling." She came closer, her sneakers making squeaky mouse noises on the concrete. Like everything else, they were brand-new. "Honey, you know this is for the best. You couldn't stay by yourself at the house all summer. You'd be lonely."

    "I have friends, Mom," I said.

    She cocked her head to the side, as if she doubted this. "Oh, honey," she said again. "It's for the best."

    The best for you, I thought. The thing about my mother is that she always has good intentions. But that's as far as she usually gets.

    "Kiki," said the assistant, whose name I hadn't even bothered to learn because she'd be gone by the time I got back, fired before they even reached the airport, probably, "we've got to go if we want to make that flight."

    "All right, all right." My mother put her hands on her hips—the classic Kiki Sparks aerobic stance—and looked me up and down. "You'll keep up your workouts, right? It would be a shame to gain all that weight back."

    "Yes."

    "And you'll eat healthy—I told you I'm sending along the complete Kiki line—so you'll have your foods with you at Mira's."

    "You told me."

    She let her hands drop to her sides, and in that one brief moment I saw my mother again. Not Kiki Sparks, fitness guru and personal trainer of the masses. Not the talk show Kiki, the infomercial Kiki, the Kiki that smiled out from a million weight-loss products worldwide. Just my mom.

    But now the train was coming.

    "Oh, Colie," she said, and she pulled me close, burying her face in the jet-black hair that had almost made her have a total breakdown when I came to breakfast that morning. "Please don't be mad at me. Okay?"

    I hugged her back, even though I'd told myself I -wouldn't. I'd pictured myself stony and silent as the train pulled out of the station, my angry face the last image she'd take with her on her European Summer FlyKiki Fitness Tour. But I was the opposite of my mother, in more than just the fact that I always had bad intentions. And that was as far as I got.

    "I love you," she whispered as we walked toward the train.

    Then take me with you, I thought, but she was already pulling back, wiping her eyes, and I knew if I said it the words would fall between us and just lie there, causing more trouble than they were worth.

    "I love you too," I said. When I got to my seat I looked out the window and found her standing by the station door, her assistant still fidgeting beside her. She waved, in all that purple, and I waved back, even as the lump formed hard and throbbing in the back of my throat. Then I put on my headphones, turned up my music as loud as I could, and closed my eyes as the train slipped away.


    It hadn't always been like this.

    In my first real memory, at five, I am wearing white mary janes and sitting in the front seat of our old Volaré station wagon in front of a 7–Eleven. It is really, really hot, and my mother is walking toward me carrying two Big Gulps, a bag of Fritos, and a box of...

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  • DOGO Books sheeshagirl - This book was alright, not fantastic but okay. Recomend to young girls who like a good romance story. ~ sheeshagirl :)
  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 30, 1999
    A plot description of this contemporary problem novel may make it sound like a kind of Cinderella story, but Dessen's (Someone Like You) ironic sense of humor and her knack for creating characters with both quirky personalities and universal emotions set her book apart. Colie's fitness-celebrity mom (a female version of Richard Simmons) long ago motivated her to lose 45.5 pounds, but Colie feels just as insecure as she did when she was overweight, and she is a pariah at school. During Colie's 15th summer, her mother goes on an extended tour of Europe, and Colie is sent to outlandish Aunt Mira in Colby, N.C. There Colie is influenced by a singular group of mentors: the young women next door, Isabel and Morgan, who give Colie a makeover as well as a waitressing job; Mira's young boarder, Norman, who has moved out of his bullying auto-dealer dad's house so he can pursue a career in art; and Mira herself, a greeting-card illustrator who is as enormous and eccentric as she is immune to the ostracism of the locals. As readers will anticipate, Colie begins a happy metamorphosis; unexpectedly, her transformation is interrupted by the arrival of a mean-mouthed schoolmate who is all too eager to cut Colie down. Readers will lap up the snappy dialogue, colorful episodes and unexpected pearls of wisdom. The lessons Colie learns about beauty, none of them new, come across with freshness and vitality. Ages 12-up.

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