Review + Giveaway: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Instead of hanging out with her friends and having a great summer, Anna’s finds herself in a new town as her dad decides to transfer jobs and move he and Anna to live near the beach where he spent much of his adolescence and met Anna’s mother. The thought of uprooting her life and leaving behind her friends is horrifying but pales in comparison to the memories and emotions to be unearthed in a place where her mother, who died when Anna was young, spent her teenage years. Beach life, new friends, cute lifeguards keep Anna busy but can it distract her from the family secrets lingering in her new town?

Let’s just talk about how I’m ridiculously annoyed that when I read this it was COLD and rainy/snowy here in Pennsylvania. I wanted to read this on a beach somewhere because for whatever reason I really enjoy reading books about the beach AT the beach. Weird, I know! Either way, it was a nice vicarious romp through beach life in Cali. I could almost feel my Casper-y winter skin turning crispy under the sun. I felt as though Kirby did a really great job capturing that summertime/beachy feel without being touristy…if that makes sense…just from the lives of people who actually live in a beach town.Β 

I was nervous to read Moonglass because any book that deals with a daughter losing her mother always hits me pretty hard as I lost my mom when I was in college and the characters grief tends to resonate deep down within me when done well. And Kirby did this well as I found myself really connecting with Anna and the closure that she needed to find in order to move forward. I thought Kirby wrote Anna’s grief and all of the really tough guilt she carried with her with enough layers to seem realistic and she captured some of those inner moments of grief from Anna’s perspective really well.. I thought the interactions between her dad and her and how they dealt with the memories and the grief felt so realistic to me! It was really refreshing to see a parent so invested in their teen in YA lit. I feel like I’m always wondering where the parents are. Her dad had rules…just like my parents did! Imagine that…

And ok, let’s talk about the romance. CUUUUUTE! I loved Anna and Tyler together and the progression of their relationship. It felt realistic and made my little heart pitterpatter and want to start doodling hearts all over my notebook and shoes with my gelly pens. I loved how he was there for her but didn’t try to be her everything, gave her space and actually respected and was afraid of her dad’s rules. It made me laugh because I could so much of that awkward “Oh no, your dad might see us together” stuff from back when I was a teen. There were some definitely swoony (yet realistic) moments in this book.

All in all, I found Moonglass to be an ideal beach/summer read for me. I don’t like complete fluff for a beach read but I’ve also made the mistake of trying to read things that were far too serious on a vacation such as Night by Elie Wiesel. The seriousness of her grief and all the things Anna learns about her mother is balanced well by her relationship with Tyler, some of the really interesting people she meets and the overall setting of a laid back beach life. It isn’t too emotionally draining to read but you do find your heart breaking quite a bit for her at least by the end. I found myself connected to Anna and her story but it did take me a little in the beginning to invest. I think I would have even been more resistant, in the beginning, to care had I not felt a sort of kinship to Anna with the whole bereavement of a mother factor.

Review On A Post-It:


And you all are IN LUCK..the publisher is giving me TWO finished copies to give away on this blog right hurrr. You don’t have to be a follower to enter but you must have a shipping address in the US. Please leave a comment below telling me one of your FAVORITE things about summertime and a way to contact you (email, Twitter, etc) and you’ll be entered! Giveaway ends 5/11.

* I received this book for review as part of the Teen Book Scene for an honest review and was contacted by the publisher for the giveaway.

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Annette says:

    I just love summer time because I love to be outside. We go camping a lot and spend a lot of time outside… can't wait!

    annettesspot (at) gmail (dot) com


  2. My favorite thing about summer is going to the beach. I just love everything about it.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  3. YA Reader says:

    My favorite thing about summer…too many to name…no school, sleeping late, swimming, baseball games, NetFlix…


  4. Andrea says:

    I have so many reasons to love summer! I'll go w/two: Sno Cones & the BEACH!!!

  5. Ashley G. says:

    I love summer! My favorite things about summer: going to the beach, reading outside, wearing flip-flops, and just being outside.
    or Twitter @abgafford
    Loved the review! Definitely makes me want to read it! πŸ™‚

  6. Bwyatt says:

    Ahh summer. I love the sun, the beach, and PINA COLADAS! Woot! Thanks for the giveaway! Jessi is a sweetie, and I can't wait to read MOONGLASS!
    (is that enought ! for you?) :o)

  7. Jessica M says:

    My favorite thing about summertime is the sunshine! It's the only thing I get a little bummed about now that I live in San Francisco – our weather is crazy and moody here. But seriously, nothing feels better to me in the summer than a day spent in the sun and the lovely exhausted feeling I get by the end of it. Although, popsicles & watermelon come in at a pretty close second. πŸ™‚

    jmartinez0415 [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. Aydrea says:

    I love summer because it is finally warm out (no more snow!!!), I get to spend more time outside, ice cream, and cold drinks!

    Thanks for the giveaway, I have been wanting to read Moonglass!


  9. stephlovescsd says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    My favorite thing about summer if having time to read.

  10. Yani {AvidReader} says:

    I love the beach and my family vacations!


  11. Raychelle says:

    My favorite thing about summer is finally being warm! I love to go outside and enjoy the fresh air and scenery, even if I live no where close to a beach. It's nice to just be able to do something other than hide under the covers for fear of freezing. I also love being able to read outside, go on vacation, and attend baseball games.

  12. Marisa says:

    THE BEACH. I live five minutes away and it's fabulous. Other great things: ice cream, no school, sleeping in, flip flops, and just the sunshine in general. Summer, I love you.

  13. Nicole says:

    I love Summer because….well…no school and traveling.This book sounds awesome


  14. Lauren M says:

    *giggles evilly* It's 90 degrees in Cali right now.
    But yes! I loved Moonglass. SUCH a beautiful book. (Plus, TYLER! Swoon)

    (Don't enter me in the giveaway, I just wanted to comment. πŸ™‚ )

  15. My favorite thing about summer is the warm weather and trips to the lake! I love having the time to take a good book and sit in nature!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I love summertime because I don't have to wear a big coat and feel bulky anymore! I also live it because it means vacation! Yay!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Darn, I forgot to leave my email
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Wolfluvr420 says:

    My favorite thing about summer would have to be my family's annual trip (usually to the mountains). Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins – the whole shebang! We may argue the whole time we are together but that is just how we show our love. πŸ™‚

    wolfluvr420 at yahoo dot com

  19. Wow! What a beautiful review. Thank you so incredibly much for this!

  20. Kodilynn Calhoun says:

    My favorite thing about summer would have to be swimming at the lake (and being in the A/C after a hot day outside :D)

  21. RivkaBelle says:

    I love the way things slow down in the summer, and it's just a lazy time to soak up sun and enjoy the company of family & friends – not to mention catching up on good books! :oD


  22. minhchieu says:

    my favorite thing about summer is NO school and all the time to go out and read

  23. Khadija says:

    My favorite thing about summertime is that thier isn't any school and I can focus on my writing. Is that lame? I'm not big on the heat because it reaks havoc on my very sensitive skin (i'm a winter child) I like to read through my TBR pile in the summer.

  24. Yay! This book looks so great!

    My favorite thing about summer… NO SCHOOL! Seriously. No school = more reading time for me. Plus, I love going back home and catching up with old friends.


  25. Jennifer A says:

    Fabulous review! I love the little review on a post it. LOL! I can't wait to read Moonglass.

    my favorite thing about summer? I think the fact that I get to wear flip flops. That, and the beach. It's not that warm here in Oregon (at the beach), but it's gorgeous!

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  26. lostnthestacks says:

    The best part of my summer is always the beautiful white beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. It doesn't get any better than a week at the beach with my guy.


  27. Cat the Librarian says:

    Summer pedicures with a good book!

  28. Lisa @ Read.Breathe.Relax. says:

    Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway!

    Summer in Florida means lots of heat-lightening, which is pretty much my favorite thing ever!!

    You can contact me at lisamparkin [at] gmail [dot] com πŸ™‚

  29. My favorite things about summer time are swimming and catching up on reading.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    melodiousrevelry (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. LindsayWrites says:

    i love that i get to go surfing in WARM water. =]

    americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com


  31. lisa (the nerd) says:

    this sounds like a sweet read. AND i love your review on a post-it, btw.

    favorite thing about summer is the SUN. i get crabby with all the grey days of winter here in minneSNOWta.

    lisathebooknerd at gmail dot com

    thanks for hosting!

  32. Tiffany Drew says:

    I love summer because of the nice warm weather. I live in New England, and we got hammered with snow this year. I live on a hill so any time it snows we are in danger of sliding down the hill into traffic. It's pretty scary πŸ™‚


  33. Oooh, I'm in. This sounds good. One of my fave things about summer is sandals. Oh, sure, I need a pedicure to look good in them, but I have a huge thing for sandals. CANNOT WAIT till it warms up. annareadsbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

  34. Lindsi says:

    Have I mentioned how much I love your post-it reviews? It's amazing! Would you hate me if I started doing it? Like, every once in awhile? Maybe? Haha

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  35. My favorite things about summer are flip flops, cool nights, and s'mores.

  36. Zareen says:

    My favorite thing about summer is having more free time to read! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  37. I Eat Words says:

    Ah! I feel like since I love Sarah Dessen I will SUPER enjoy this book! Your review was great. πŸ™‚ And if there is a cute boy…oh dang! Haha.

    My favorite thing about summer is the sense of freedom. For most people, that means taking time from school or work and enjoying the little adventures of life. I also enjoy the sunshine, and of course, the beaches πŸ™‚


  38. Jessica Secret says:

    One of my favorite things about summer? The beach!

    shutupjessicasreading @ gmaildotcom

  39. Jessica says:

    I love the beach! The sound of the waves, smell of the ocean! Just love love love it!


  40. In summer, my work schedule is normal.

  41. K. Marie Criddle says:

    The best part of summer is the smell of sunblock. I worked as a lifeguard for 5 years through high school and college and it still brings back some pretty clear memories. Yay summer! And what an AWESOME giveaway!

    kmcriddle @ gmail . com

  42. My favorite thing about summer is not having to go to school. πŸ˜€


  43. My name is Patricia says:

    AMAZING GIVEAWAY!! My favorite thing about summer is the Summer Breeze – living in Arizona the weather is pretty much hot all the time. So when a breeze comes through it is cherished like gold πŸ™‚

    Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity

  44. Jessica ( frellathon ) says:

    Oh that's easy the heat. I hate, hate, hate the cold.


  45. Rachel says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the sun and the longer days. I hate it in the winter when the days are so short and the sun does not come out as often. My e-mail is

  46. My favorite thing about summer is reading outside.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  47. My favorite think about summer is having more time to read.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Jasmine (The Reading Housewives) says:

    I can't imagine going through that during that age…I'm expecting this to be an emotional one!

    My birthday is in the summertime…That's usually my favorite part. Haha. πŸ™‚


  49. Midnyte Reader says:

    Great post. Sometimes it's difficult yet healing to connect so closely with an author who seems to understand the same emotions. I totally get wanting to read a book about the beach AT the beach!

    My favorite thing about summer is being able to go in the water. I love the beach, the ocean, the river…you name it.


  50. I love the atmosphere of summer. People's spirits are bit more carefree and happy. Summer reading is also fantastic too.

    nalynboni AT gmail DOT com

  51. Cindy (Oodles of Books) says:

    The warm weather, the beach, ice cream!, no school, and summer books πŸ™‚

    oodlesofbooks [at]

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  52. Mallory says:

    My favorite part of the summer is being able to visit home and see my family along with going to the cottage where there is no electricty, no running water, and definitely no internet (gasp) and all I do is read πŸ™‚

    crazycurls88 at hotmail dot com

  53. Bookish in a Box says:

    My favorite thing about summer is all the sunshine! It makes me so happy. πŸ™‚

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

  54. wereadtoknow says:

    What a great review – I'm looking to stock up on summer reads, as the break and warmer months are fast approaching!

    My favorite thing about summer is that feeling of being both hot and cold at the same time that results from being out in the sun all day and then stepping in to an air-conditioned house. I love being able to feel the warmth radiating from my own skin – yay summer!

    ccaitlinbrown at gmail dot com

  55. This one looks so great! I keep hearing how good it is. My favorite part of summer is going to Maine to see my mother's side of the family. Thanks for the giveaway!


  56. Meg @ A Bookish Affair says:

    This sounds like a great book.


  57. I love going up to our Lakehouse and being disconnected from everything! Plus the lake is beautiful!

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

  58. I LOVE camping trips with my family during the summer.

    I also love the idea of the beach and I'm excited about going every summer, but once I get there all of the wind tangling my hair and the sand getting everywhere and the sea air making my skin feel greasy and gross turns me off of the trip real quick and I always go away wondering why I was excited about the beach in the first place. It's a never ending cycle πŸ™‚


  59. Rachael L says:

    My favorite thing about summer is being lazy around the house, being around family, and reading books. Thank you for the giveaway!

    raycharles15 at gmail dot com

  60. My favorite thing about summertime is drinking a glass of iced tea and reading a good book in the shade of our backyard.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway and a review that makes me want to read Moonglass!


  61. My favorite thing about summer is having the free time to read any book I want, none required by class! I can just take a small stack and lay out on a towel at the beach or on a lounge chair at my house and read to my heart's content.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  62. My favorite summertime activities are going on long drives with my hubs to a place where I can take pictures. We can drive all day for that perfect picture. While we drive I can pull out my book and just read and relax while he is driving.

    Thank you.

    hootowl1978 at gmail dot com

  63. Julia :) says:

    My favorite summertime thing is probably sitting outside in the hammock reading. Or just hanging outside in general. I love the great outdoors!!! πŸ™‚


  64. Michelle says:

    I'm excited, I just snagged this one on Vine! Hope for it to land in my mailbox later in the week.


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