Every Sarah Dessen Novel, Ranked

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7. Keeping the Moon (1999)

Julia MacRae Books


Colie and her mom both used to be overweight, but when her mom became an international fitness guru they both shed a lot. However, Colie is still tormented by the taunts of bullies from the past and can’t really feel comfortable in her new skin. Nothing fixes your problems like a summer in Colby, though, and when she meets new friends and a new guy, things change.


This was the first Sarah Dessen book I ever read, and I sort of forgot about it over the years. When I re-read it though, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a really sweet story about gaining confidence and new friendships. I will say that it’s a bit too short for a ton of character development, but I’ll let it slide. While I do feel like sometimes they overlook how hard it can be to regain self-esteem (in the book it seems as easy as 1, 2, 3), I do think the message is a good one.

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