I intentionally went into Purple Moon blind. I mean, I'd read the synopsis a couple weeks ago, but when I actually sat down to read it I went in with no pre-conceived notions. Purple Moon is amazing, people! Ms. Hall's writing style is easy to follow and holds your attention. Selena comes right off the page with a strong voice and just like any teenage girl, she has her quirks. There were times I had to remind myself Selena is fictional, Ms. Hall does that great a job. :-)
The story and the characters overall really impressed me. Written in first person, I feel like we're given an accurate point of view of a non-believer. Selena's interactions with Austin really made me rethink how I interact with my non-believer friends. Far too often we as Christians come off judgmental or holier-than-thou and that is not how Jesus told us to treat others. I'm not saying Austin did sound this way, but he could have expressed himself better. After all, if Austin was perfect, would I like him half as much as I do now? Nope. Austin was the right friend for Selena at the right time. Jumping back on track, Selena's journey, her struggles, and her baggage were written so well. So realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and could hardly put it down.
There you have it, folks. If you're looking for a thoughtful, realistic look at Christianity through a non-Christian's eyes you ought to look into Purple Moon. Or maybe, you just like YA (Young Adult) Christian fiction. If so, this is also the book for you as well.
Many thanks to the author, Tessa Hall, for providing me with a complimentary ebook copy of Purple Moon for free in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks again! My apologies for being a day late in getting this up.
Selena's life isn't turning out to be the fairy tale she imagined as a kid.
That hope seemed to vanish long ago when her dad kicked her and her mom out of the house. This summer might finally hold the chance of a new beginning for Selena ... but having to live with her snobby cousin in Lake Lure, NC while waiting for her mom to get out of rehab wasn't how Selena was planning on spending her summer. She soon begins to wonder why she committed to give up her "bad habits" for this.
Things don't seem too bad, though. Especially when Selena gains the attention of the cute neighbor next door. But when her best friend back home in Brooklyn desperately needs her, a secret that's been hidden from Selena for years is revealed, and when she becomes a target for one of her cousin's nasty pranks, she finds herself having to face the scars from her past and the memories that come along with them. Will she follow her mom's example in running away, or trust that God still has a fairy tale life written just for her?