Hello everyone! It’s finally the weekend (woo hoo)! I hope you guys are enjoying life 😉 I’m here with another book review for you guys, enjoy :D!
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Romance
My Rating: 8/10
When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumours say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.
But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumoured to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
“All these broken pieces, becoming a hundred thousand unmapped stars.”
When the Moon Was Ours is the type of book that you’d read and finish with a warm lovely feeling in your belly. It’s a book that you’d look back at and smile, remembering the pleasant moments of reading it. It was touching from the dedication to the auhtor’s note since I learned that she was writing about her experiences. The book is different from what I usually read since it’s put into the magical realism category which I have 0 experiences with. But it was a really great book to enter that genre from and I want to read more from that genre. And oh boy! How I love that book cover, it completely mirrors the characters and is simply beautiful!
The story revolves around a girl who has roses growing out of her wrists and a boy who always paints moons and hangs them in trees to illuminate the darkness. With an inseparable friendship that only occurs when two people know each other perfectly, Miel and Sam hook all readers with their captivating lives and complicated emotions. Their tender romance was teenaged but magical at the same time.
It all sounds very sweet and calm but then there is the Bonner girls who seem to control the entire tiny world that Sam and Miel live in. The Bonner girls are 4 beautiful sisters that always manage to get what they want from whoever they want. Everyone in their tiny world either’s terrified of them or infatuated by them. I found them very very creepy and unsettling and the fact that nobody could stop them from doing whatever they wanted made them more terrifying.
“She was amber and last light. The moment between summer and fall. The honey she ate off spoons in Aracley’s kitchen.”
What I loved most about this book was how unique the words and descriptions were, just by looking at the chapter titles you can see how ethereal the language is. The author seems to have her own diverse way of seeing the world, she has a completely different spectrum of colours and a range of emotions I couldn’t possibly imagine on my own. I did feel overwhelmed by all the plant and colour details that I know nothing about but I still marvelled at how inspiring her words were.
The author wrote a story of how people suffer with their problems and struggle with everyday decisions but she also enlivened the story with the addition of magic which made ordinary life gain so much more beauty and pain. I would like to thank her for enchanting normal life and turning it into another magical story that never seemed boring!
“He was a comet burning through the night sky, and Samira was the trail of dust and ice streaking after him.”
I also loved how very diverse the characters were and how the author introduces foreign unfamiliar cultures and managed to coil them around each other, weaving terms and phrases that didn’t make any sense alone until they existed in the story. Sam is transgender and struggles with his identity throughout the entire book and I really love how the word ‘transgender’ was never used in the story.
What made me give it an 8/10 was the fact that I didn’t really get what was happening through most of the book with Miel and Sam and the Bonner sisters and I was always confused as to how something just spontaneously happened, it felt like I always missed one tiny essential detail and then everything kept becoming weirder and weirder, but I enjoyed the writing style too much to complain or stop.
Overall, the story was entrancing and beautifully real with a wide range of diverse unforgettable characters. I’d recommend this book for anyone who needs to inspire themselves again and regain the spark of life by seeing how these characters live. I know that When the Moon Was Ours got me back on track with my life!
Have you read this book? Tell me what your thoughts on it in the comments.