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Kirby, Jessi. Moonglass.

4Q*3P*JS Kirby, Jessi. Moonglass. Simon & Schuster, 2011. 240p. $16.99. 978-1-4424-1694-9.

Moonglass is the story of Anna, a high school junior. There are many things going on in Anna's life, but central has always been the loss of her mother a decade ago. Anna watched as her mother walked into the ocean, and did not return. Since then, she has lived on the same beach where her mother left, until now. As the book starts, Anna and her father are moving south to a home on a beach full of different memories. This is the beach where her father met her mother. The setting and the people will force Anna to reconcile with her own memories of her mother, to talk to her father about them, and to eventually find a way to forgive herself.

Moonglass is not all introspection about a mother's suicide. Anna is dealing with a new home, a new school, new friends, boys, and all the traditional issues of a girl in high school. But the suicide is central to Anna's life--she even wears a piece of moonglass found that night around her neck as a constant reminder. While other aspects of the story will wrap up, and even interesting minor characters will play surprisingly key roles, this is, in the end, a book about dealing with suicide, guilt, and blame. It is well written, with clearly drawn, sympathetic characters, and will be a good read for those dealing with losses of their own.--Beth Karpas.

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Author:Karpas, Beth
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2011
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