Moonglass is a stunning debut, written in elegant prose. The simple but detailed descriptions put readers directly in the scene, while the moments of beautiful, almost poetic language interspersed throughout the novel shine like sea glass. The precise details of the scuba diving expeditions also add texture to the typical beach read and allow readers with no scuba experience (like me) to perfectly visualize the breathtaking underwater scenes.
From the very first page, the emotion feels raw and authentic, and readers' hearts will break for the strong but fragile heroine. Though she occasionally seems excessively boy crazy, the way Anna copes with her troubled past feels achingly realistic, while her journey of healing is bittersweet. The uncontrollable wildness of the ocean is its own presence in the story, and the tragic tales the lifeguards tell gave me chills. In Moonglass, Jessi Kirby confronts the dark and painful moments in life with a soft sensitivity and evocative directness that readers won't soon forget.
This haunting story is populated with an eclectic cast of characters: from Anna's first friend in her new town, the oblivious but well-meaning Ashley, to her legendary father, to her off-limits love interest Tyler -- the quirky personalities each leave their mark on Anna's life. It was inspiring to watch how Kirby brought the seemingly disparate community together, showing the intricate and often surprising threads that bind us. This novel is the perfect summer read, packing a powerful emotional punch that will leave a lasting impression on readers' hearts.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of the novel from the publicist. This did not affect my review in any way.
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