Every Sarah Dessen Novel, Ranked
7. Keeping the Moon (1999)
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.