Published May 3rd 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Anna’s dad has just moved them to Crystal Cove. Anna feels displaced without her friends, she has no one to laugh or share things with, no wing-women for flirting with guys – it’s just her and her dad. On top of this, Crystal Cove is the place where her parents met. Her mother died when Anna was seven, and Anna’s dad stopped sharing stuff about her a long time ago.
Anna quickly makes a new friend in Ashley – a rich, sort of clueless girl who is transferring to the public school where Anna will be going. Ashley persuades Anna to join the track team when she sees her running along the beach one day. There, Anna meets Jillian – another girl who knows a little something about losing someone you love.
There’s also Tyler – the cute lifeguard who is strictly off limits seeing as he works for Anna’s dad. Anna pursues him coyly.
Meanwhile, Anna is learning more about her mother, who’s history is buried in Crystal Cove.
Moonglass is a quick, enjoyable read. It’s one of those beach novels where you can practically smell the salt water, or feel the gritty sand between your toes. I love beach books, I truly do.
Anna starts out kind of – not annoying, but something close to it – but I liked her more as the story went on. It was a pretty great cast of characters, actually.
The mystery aspect isn’t very prominent, but it runs through the novel like little rivulets of water. Also, the romance is a bit different. There’s a pretty heavy focus on it, but I think it’s a more realistic teen romance. There aren’t any dramatic declarations of love, which I appreciated. The components of Moonglass compliment each other nicely, entwining and working together to create a great book (I read it a few days ago, and I’ve definitely got that overall good feeling about it).
The only thing is that I feel it could have been a bit longer. Somehow it felt a little unfinished. But all in all, I’d definitely recommend it!
My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.81/5