The Girl Who Chased the Moon is releasing today and a must read.

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Release date: March 16th 2010
PJV’s Quickie POV: The Girl Who Chase the Moon is a rich mix of magic, regret and love.  The author’s tone and voice paint a picture that you can taste.  Her poignant use of imagery and unique metaphors imbued a depth into this novel in a way that I have never experienced before.  I could almost see the words float form the pages and circle my head.  Those same unique metaphors and similes stopped me often and made me reread them, almost laughing out loud at their truth.  Then underneath the beauty of her words, the author told a story that made me think, it made me feel and it let me enjoy, all while experiencing the lives and growth of the characters.
Review: Emily Benedict, reeling from the death of her mother, makes her way to the town of Mullaby, North Carolina in hopes of finding family and maybe to learn more about her mother.  Her mother had never told her of her Grandfather Vance. Her mother had never told her about the town of Mullaby and the secrets it held.  On Emily’s arrival she realizes that this town will probably not answer any of her questions, only raise a lot more. The first day there she meets an enigmatic boy her age, old-school Southern boy, he hints at a past between the two of them and this is their first meeting.  Emily gets the distinct impression that what he hints at is not a good thing, but still she feels drawn to him.
Julia Winterson is the other character covered within this novel.  Julia, after 18 years away from Mullaby and the past that haunts her, has returned after the death of her father. Julia has a plan, a plan that doesn’t involve falling in love, or staying very long in Mullaby.  But as they say about the best laid plans, Julia’s life is thrown in to turmoil as old emotions arise and her past comes back to haunt her.
I don’t know whose story I enjoyed more, the innocent tale of Emily, or the older more ragged tale of Julia.  Both touched me, yet both were so different, even though they had the same underlying message. Emily’s tale was just starting, while Julia’s tale was beginning again.  They both painted a very explicit picture of choices and decisions that are made when you are young affecting your entire life.  Emily’s were the choices of her mother, Julia’s were the choices she made herself.  Both women are haunted by those choices and spend the novel trying to break away from the consequences.  All this is done while wrapped in the mystery that is Mullaby.  The mystery that is the strange lights that haunt the woods behind Emily’s house, and the secrets that everyone seems to know but Emily.  The answers to all the mystery are just as surprising as they are believable.  I was thoroughly charmed with this novel and was sad as I turned the last page, though excited as it hinted at a follow-up.

Recommendations: I recommend this to a wide range of readers.  While it has some paranormal aspects, I wouldn’t put this in the genre.  The substance of the novel was the message, and the plot and not the tiny bit of paranormal that gave the novel it’s mystical flavor.  The tale of regret and innocence lost might be a bit much for younger readers, but there is nothing explicit about it for parents to worry over.  It does cover topics involving teen sex, but their consequences that result from those actions would be more likely to deter instead of promote. Read the book.