Title: The Moon Sisters
Author: Therese Walsh
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Number of pages: 317
First line: The night before the worst day of my life, I dreamed the sun went dark and ice cracked every mirror in the house, but I didn’t take it for a warning.
Goodreads blurb: After their mother’s probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz are figuring out how to move on with their lives. Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia, who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights, is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother’s unfinished novel to say her final goodbyes and lay their mother’s spirit to rest.
Though they see things very differently, Jazz is forced by her sense of duty to help Olivia reach her goal. Bitter and frustrated by the attention heaped on her sunny sister whose world is so unique, Jazz is even more upset when they run into trouble along the way and Olivia latches on to a worldly train-hopper. Though Hobbs warns Olivia that he’s a thief who shouldn’t be trusted, he agrees to help with their journey. As they near their destination, the tension builds between the two sisters, each hiding something from the other, and they will finally be forced to face everything between them and decide what is really important.
I wish I had sat down to write this review as soon as I finished The Moon Sisters, because I was brimming with emotion and delight after I turned the last page. Unfortunately, my blog has been having issues, and so has been up and down like a yo-yo, and every time I want to sit down and blog something, I can’t. I am really hoping that things are fixed for good now, because it’s driving me crazy.
Anyway, The Moon Sisters. I loved it! The relationship between Jazz and Olivia is at the heart of this novel, and as someone who has three sisters, it tugged at my heart in ways I can’t even begin to understand. It is amazing to me that children raised in the same household, by the same parents, can end up so completely different from one another – and Jazz and Olivia are vivid examples of this fact. Jazz is ultra-responsible, used to taking care of things, and has created this hard shell to protect herself from grief over her mother’s death. Olivia feels too much – so much that her senses overwhelm her feelings. I know her condition is a medical one, but it also fits her character – she wants to take all of life in and experience it to the fullest. Unfortunately, that means her grief is almost overwhelming.
As Jazz follows Olivia on her quest to find some closure, the two are dragged apart even farther by their differences, and yet their love for each other is evident on every page. I really loved the ending, which was realistic yet filled with hope. Oh, and the writing is truly beautiful. I am always so thrilled when I find an author who has such a talent for putting words together, but also knows how to write character and plot and keep me turning the pages.