Book Review: Moonglass, by Jessi Kirby

moonglassMoonglass is a really good book. Even though it looks thin, it is actually a long read.

In this book, Anna Ryan and her dad are moving to the beach where her parents supposedly met. Still faced with the reality of her mother’s death, both she and her father still mourn their loss. Still mad at her dad and herself, Anna finds out that they moved into the house next door to her mother’s old cottage. As Anna meets new friends and becomes acquainted with a very special lifeguard, she unravels the mysteries of her parents’ past.

Finding out secrets about her dad’s past and the reason behind her mother’s suicide, Anna’s life starts to make sense for once in a very long time. She fights to forget memories of her mother’s death but also yearning to be closer to her mother, she finds that balance of tranquility out in the waves. Trips on the beach searching for sea glass allow her the time to think and figure out the things of her parents’ past. But as she finds out more and more about her parents’ past, she finds it harder to cope with the pressure that she is under– except when she is in the water where the tide washes away her emotions leaving her at peace.

To find out the secrets of her parent’s past you are just going to have to read the book. Enjoy everyone!

-Christina B., 7th grade

Editor’s note: This book actually takes place in Crystal Cove, which is very local to us here in Mission Viejo! Visit and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into the pages of this novel.


photo by Allison Tran


Book Review: Golden, by Jessi Kirby

golden_coverDo you often find yourself wondering, what if? What if I would have done that instead? What if I would’ve taken the risk?

Jessi Kirby’s latest novel, Golden, which hits bookstores everywhere on May 14, explores these questions and more.

After I read about Parker Frost and her journey to discover not only what happened with the town’s golden couple that died in an accident ten years ago, but also what she truly wants for herself, I felt like I really understood Parker. It amazed me how Jessi Kirby found words to paint such a realistic world. I could visualize everything and really put myself in the situation, almost shedding a tear or two in some instances. And, the connections Kirby creates with Robert Frost and his work throughout the novel was really cool because it made the book more unique and added layers to it.

But maybe, it is because I completely relate to Parker, her goals, and the way she has led her whole life that I really loved this book. The story revolves around a journal that Parker finds that leads her to making choices that she never might have had the courage to make otherwise. Yet there was so much more to the book than a girl breaking out of her shell; I felt that I learned so much from conclusions that Parker makes. Jessi Kirby eloquently states the things that we already know but ignore or are too afraid to state sometimes.

Two of my favorite quotes are:

“People always put their own spin on things, remember what they want to remember, and somewhere in the middle of it all is the truth – the real version – one you could only write yourself if you were willing to.” (p. 33)

“…chance brought them together and choice made them stay.” (p. 108)

The way I was able to get wrapped up in the book made it impossible for me to set aside. I was sad it was over so soon. So, if you are looking for something quick and worthwhile to read, Golden should definitely be on the top of your list! And if you love plot twists as much as I do, the end will definitely catch you off guard. Enjoy!

-Liliana M., 12th grade

Editor’s note:  This review was based on an Advance Readers Copy generously provided by Simon & Schuster.

Don’t miss author Jessi Kirby when she visits Mission Viejo on Saturday, May 18th! As part of the Summer Lovin’ tour, Kirby will speak alongside other popular YA authors, Kimberly Derting, Megan Matson, Shannon Messenger, Sarah Ockler, and Suzanne Young. This exciting event begins at 3:00 pm in the Friends of the Library Storytime Room at 100 Civic Center.


This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information or to make a reservation contact the Reference Desk at (949) 830-7100, ext. 5105.