Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 30th 2015 by Harper Teen
Format read: ARC via publisher
Sarah's burgeoning romance with Adam, and her struggles to accept and reveal the truth about herself in their relationship, is a poignant study that will strongly resonate with readers of all ages.
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.
Maizel introduces us to Sarah, a sixteen-year-old girl who has spent most of her life measuring up to her perfect older sister Scarlett. While Scarlett charms the world through her ballet, Sarah has been behind-the-scenes, proving quietly brilliant in science.
However, during a summer on the Cape, Sarah decides to apply her scientific logic to the real world. She begins emulating Scarlett, and eventually falls for Andrew, a boy who is far older than her. And while she initially lies to him about her age, it's a lie that quickly spins out of control, as their feelings grow...
While on the surface, Between Us and the Moon may see like just a contemporary romance, it's actually so much more. Maizel has crafted a beautiful story on the journey it takes to feem comfortable in a person's own skin - something that everyone can relate to - and how sometimes, those efforts to find yourself can involve significant trial and error.
Sarah's journey primarily revolves around Adam, a colleage-aged student whom she is both attracted to, but also starts off on the wrong foot by lying about her age. As their relationship evolves, Maizel asks some pointed questions on both relationships and life, including what constitutes a healthy relationship, and whether someone you're lying to, can truly ever have a real part of you.
Outside of Sarah and Adam's relationship, Maizel also challenges Sarah and the reader with Sarah's relationship with the family. Through her relationship with her parents, sister and grandmother, we see how each of these people have also struggled to define themselves, and how Sarah utlimately has a lot to learn from them about presumptions and growth, and vice versa.
Ultimately, Sarah's journey is not a perfect one, but it's brutally, honestly real. It's a touching reminder on what it means to grow up, and to realize that nothing is perfect, but how life can still work out in its own ways.
Of special note: Parents and educators should be aware that there are several sexually-explicit scenes in the latter half of the book. Maizel handles the depiction of those scenes tastefully, but also wholeheartedly embraces the fact that it's okay to feel what Sarah feels.
It's the type of raw honesty that I honestly which were in the YA books that I had read when I was younger, and I feel that the discerning adult might take the opportunity to answer questions from younger readers.
All in all, Sarah is the best type of heroine for contemporary fiction readers; she's flawed, honest and real. She's relatable to readers of all ages, and I highly, highly recommend this book for all fans of contemporary fiction.
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About the author:
Rebecca Maizel hails from Rhode Island, where she teaches literature at the Wheeler School. Rebecca is the author of two other novels for young adults, and recently received an MFA in Writing for Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her online at www.rebeccamaizel.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.