Book Review: Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally


Girls in the Moon

4 stars

Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago.
But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, Phoebe’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and Kieran’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her family’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect going into this book but I found myself really enjoying the characters and the plot, both the present and the past. There were so many incredible dynamics between many characters and the connection between the past and the present. I really liked the contrast between Phoebe and Luna’s story in the present and her mother Meg’s in the past. It truly was a story focusing on the growth of these young women.

Phoebe and Luna were the daughters of a former rock star, Meg. Phoebe was searching for answers in who she was, in her absent father. Luna had quit school to focus on her band, which put her at odds with their mother. Meg’s story was backward, starting with her divorce and showing the downfall of her love story and how her stardom all began. I loved how different they all were and how they each had their own separate journey but it all connected.

It was absolutely beautifully written and it made for a very enjoyable and captivating read. There was a good transition between all the POVs and the present and the past timelines. They all complimented each other instead of taking away from each other, which was something that definitely added to the whole reading experience.

The romance was another nice background addition but I loved that the main story was so focused on the characters’ growth and the dynamics of the family.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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3 responses to “Book Review: Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally

  1. That’s sounds really interesting! Especially the characters seem to be enjoyable! I need to get this book like right now 😄 love

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