Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

The Girl Who Chased The Moon 
by Sarah Addison Allen
292 pages
Personal Copy
Adult Fiction, Crossover Appeal

Book Jacket Summary
In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world—no matter how out of place they feel.

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes—which is a good thing, because Julia can’t seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar . . . Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she’s hurt in the past?

Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

My Thoughts
I love Sarah Addison Allen's books. They make me feel nostalgic and hunger for the life her characters lead. Emily is a senior in high school who moves to Mullaby, NC after her mother's death to live with her grandfather. There are mysteries surrounding her mother' past and the boy Logan Coffey, who committed suicide. Julia Winterson runs a local barbeque restaurant and lives next door to Emily. She decised to take Emily under her wing, even though she plans on leaving in six months, just enough time to pay the restaurant's mortgage. Julia's past is catching up with her every time Sawyer walks through the door. These women's lives collide abd the secrets start coming out.
I love how realistic feeling Allen makes her books but there is one or two fantastic elements. A wallpaper that changes to suit your mood and strange lights that race across the trees. This is a wonderful book to read over the summer and you can feel the southern heat steaming off of the page. There are great characters and I am left wanting more. That is the quality of book I am always longing to find. Allen also has a way of describing food that makes your mouth water. I really want to try the recipes Allen put in her book, especially the hummingbird cake.
This book is targeted for adults but I think that it could be great for teens who are looking to jump into a more adult book. One of the main characters is seventeen and the other main character harkens back to the mistakes she made in high school. There is talk of cutting in this book and one of the main characters talks about in detail. I would recommend this book to anyone because I love Allen's writing but be careful if people might have a history in cutting and do not want to be reminded of the feelings.

Book Pairings
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Practical Magic by



  1. I love SAA's books! They are contemps with just a hint of magic. This one sounds wonderful, although I think Garden Spells is my favorite.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

    1. I know! I love them too! I really like this one but I haven't read Garden Spells since it came out. Cannot wait to read more!

  2. I have never read this author but I have heard of her! Great review though. I'll think about it when I'm looking for a more serious book ;)


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