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The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen 3.5/5Family. Change. And a little bit of romance… Every aspect of MOON AND MORE is not quite perfect and it’s better for it. The main thing here, as with most DESSEN books, is family and connections: the safe and easy ones where the lead can just be versus the ones that aren’t at all easy, the ones that have one or two of them all tippy-toeing around each other or some big issue. It’s a bit more different here too, with her and a father and a dad, and it’s how she deals with the first not being who she’d like him to be and then balancing that out with the rest of her family that adds some of the odd/funny/awkward/sad feels. Then there’s her sisters and the push-pull that works among them, especially how they all have set roles they fill: the ambitious one, the flighty one, and then her. Then there’s her grandmother and her mother both of whom know what they’re doing and let things get done. It’s not always easy on this front… but it’s that fact that rings authentic.Changes. She’s college bound. She’s excited/unsure/ready/unsure… unsure… unsure about what’s to come. How she is on this front, going from one emotion to the next, but moving forward nonetheless made it all more real. There’s a comparison going on almost always between where she is and where she’d headed; between those who stay and those who don’t and where she fits in that particular scheme of things. The small town feel and how all others seemed to be aware of every body else’s business could have been a negative, but it wasn’t. the people and the town just was just was So while there’s changes about to happen, there’s also the reality of some things staying as is.Romance. This wasn’t the focus, but it was present… so I might as well mention how some of them could be such assholes, the lead not excluded. Some of them could be such even when I really didn’t want them to be, but there’s that real feel again. How none of them are perfect… and how in the end, I actually LOVED how she didn’t get the fairy tale happily ever after, because ending as it did… it felt right anyway, again HEA or no.