The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Friday, July 6, 2012

Title: The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Sarah Addison Allen
Fiction; Magical Realism
Bantam Books (Random House)
Pub. Date:
March 16, 2010

This is my second of Sarah Addison Allen's books (the first being Garden Spells) and I have to say that as popular as they seem to be with a lot of readers, the magical realism just isn't for me. Now, I don't have much experience with magical realism in the first place so it could be that it's just that and not these books... but I don't know! I feel like I could deal with magical realism if there were a specific purpose for it. But in this book it was just so random!

In The Girl Who Chased the Moon, 17-year-old Emily moves to Mullaby, North Carolina after her mother's death. Up until recently, Emily never knew anything about this town or that she has any living relatives. Emily moves in with her grandfather who happens to be a giant. She stays in her mother's old room that has wallpaper that randomly changes. (That's one of the things I just couldn't get). There's a big secret about why her mother left and never moved back and why the whole town essentially hates her mother. Then Emily meets Win Coffey who dresses in a white linen suit and red bow tie. Of course, there's a big secret regarding their family as well. (I think I understand why he dressed like that all the time, but the justification wasn't enough for me). There's the mystery of the "Mullaby lights" (which I figured out right away), and there's Julia who bakes cakes from which old flame, Sawyer, can smell from miles away.

As much as I pick on this book, the storyline itself was actually pretty good and flowed well. I thought Allen did a great job with the pacing and the different elements and characters. In all, it was a light and fun read. I liked the characters, the great secret about Emily's mom, and the twist as well. It may just be that the sub-genre is not for me.


christina said...

This cover has always caught my eye AND I love magical realism. I'm just not quite sure why I've never thought to pick it up.

Ti said...

She is very popular but magical realism is not for me either.

Juju at Tales of said...

So glad you liked this one. Didn't you love the way she described sugar and sweets.

Zibilee said...

I really love magical realism when it's done right, and I did enjoy The Peach Keeper, so I might still try this one when I can. I do understand that this genre doesn't work for everyone, and that some authors are better at it than others. If you really want to experience some great magical realism, try 100 Years of Solitude. It's one of my all time favorites.

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I've found that her 2nd and 3rd books did not live up to Garden Spells which I adored. I haven't read The Peach Keeper yet!

softdrink said...

I love this author because she puts just a little bit of magical realism into her stories. But unlike Zibilee, I couldn't stand 100 Years...the magical realism in that one drove me batty. It seems to be a hit or miss thing with so many people.

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I've been wanting to give this author a try but I really need to be in the mood to read magical realism.

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