REVIEW: Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

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“Scientists believe that the deep ocean is what life would be like on other planets. Deep-sea life can survive without light and without oxygen. It’s completely plausible that life at the bottom of the sea would be similar to life billions of light-years away. The Alvin is the closest thing I’ve got to a spaceship.”

Back of the book blurb:

Ever since Sarah was born, she’s lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. A budding astronomer, Sarah’s days are devoted to math club and the boy she’s loved since kindergarten, Tucker. Her nights are spent observing the vast universe through her Stargazer 5020.
 Then Tucker breaks Sarah’s heart, and she goes to Cape Cod for the summer with her family, ready for something big in her life to change. She doesn’t want to live in the shadows anymore. She wants to be someone who shines. Someone like Scarlett.
 She doesn’t expect to meet Andrew. Gorgeous, college boy Andrew. Andrew pulls Sarah out from behind her telescope. He sees the girl she wants to be.
 For Sarah, it’s a summer of firsts. A summer of blazing comets and shooting stars. Before she knows what’s happened, one little lie as transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love and finding herself.

Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062327611

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A message from the cosmos:

 My rating:

Here I am, again, feeling cheap and used after reading through a book in one sit. Why do I continue to do this to myself? Why can’t I ever take it slow and really savor everything? Doing the Walk of Shame past my friends and family after knowing I finished a book after starting it only a mere few hours before is truly embarrassing. What do they think of me? What does everyone else think of me? Why can’t I just be normal?

Talk about a beautiful book. Holy fucking shit. I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this one. Again, I’ve been reading so much NA this summer that I almost forgot just how beautiful, intense, raw, and heartbreaking YA could be! I mean, holy fuck, this book blew me away. It was just absolutely incredible. The way Rebecca Maizel wove this story was breathtaking and extremely captivating.

I absolutely adored this plot. That’s the entire reason I bought this book because of the description. I actually read the description on Amazon and it tells you in more depth about the lie Sarah tells—which is that she’s sixteen but when she meets Andrew, who’s nineteen, she tells him she’s eighteen. Is it still dubious consent when the older person doesn’t know the younger person is still a minor?

**SPOILER** (Because there is a sex scene where Andrew doesn’t know Sarah’s sixteen.) **END SPOILER**

 I think it is, which is actually pretty problematic and isn’t taken too seriously. Like it’s taken seriously, but not as seriously as it probably should’ve been. That’s literally the only problem I had with this novel.

At first, I was reluctant with Sarah. She was the nerdy girl who obviously had a superiority complex. But as the novel went on, I fell in love with her. I think I loved her so much because she was very relatable; at least she was in my opinion. She was this one thing her whole life because she thought she had to be and then realized she didn’t want to be that person. I’m definitely not the person I used to be and I am so proud of the person I’ve become and I was rooting for Sarah the whole time she was trying to figure out who she was and what she wanted to be.

I really enjoyed Andrew, a lot. He was sweet, beautiful, and totally charming. I really loved his character development. I mean, obviously, I enjoyed Sarah’s, too. Hers was incredible! She finally learned there’s more to the world than just her hiding behind her telescope. She made friends, she got her first taste of true love, and she learned a lot from that summer in Cape Cod. Andrew’s development was just as enjoyable. At first, I thought he’d just be the love interest but it turns out he was so much more. For one, he taught Sarah a lot about life and love, and in return, she taught him a few things as well.

There were just so many good things about this book, I’m sure I could go on and on about how wonderful it is. But, I don’t want y’all to get bored while I wax poetic about Between Us and the Moon. Please pick up this book. It is so entertaining, beautiful, funny, sad, and incredible. And that ending left me wanting so much more. It was so bittersweet… I don’t even know what to think!

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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