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Title:
Girls in the moon
Author:
McNally, Janet (Janet M.), author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]

©2016
Physical Description:
338 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Tired of the half-truths surrounding her famous family's past, Phoebe visits her indie-rock darling sister Luna to see how she fits into a family of storytellers.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062436245
Format :
Book

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Summary

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 co-founder 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 maybe even to continue her own tale--the one with the musician boy she's been secretly writing for months.

This soul-searching, authentic debut weaves together Phoebe's story with scenes from the romance between Meg and Kieran that started it all--leaving behind a heartfelt reflection on family, fame, and finding your own way.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Meg and Kieran Ferris were young and famous in the heady music scene of the nineties. But after an accident produced their daughter Luna, and a mistake brought a second daughter, Phoebe, Meg abandoned her musical career. Luna and Phoebe grew up far away from the limelight, fiercely protected by their mother. Now 19 years old, Luna has moved to New York City and started a band. Phoebe decides to visit her sister during the last bit of summer before senior year. She is curious about the untold story of her parents' fame, resorting to information gleaned from an old Spin magazine. As Luna seems destined to follow in her mother's talented footsteps, Phoebe finds a soul mate who shares her love of song lyrics. This is mostly Phoebe's story, with flashbacks from Meg's reluctant stardom. McNally's first novel shows an appreciation of poetic phrasing, as well as plenty of musical references. Recommend this introspective novel to readers who enjoy stories about music and musicians.--Colson, Diane Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Sisters Luna and Phoebe Ferris are struggling under the personal and professional disappointments of their rock-star parents, Meg and Kieran, of the defunct band Shelter. The girls' mother, Meg, long ago took herself out of the spotlight, refusing to let her daughters grow up in the media's eye, and turning her focus to sculpture. In a moody and reflective fiction debut, McNally follows Phoebe as she heads from upstate New York to Brooklyn to visit older sister Luna, who is on the cusp of fame and about to go on tour with her band, interspersing briefer chapters that flash back to various points during the 1990s and 2000s when their mother was in love, pregnant with each girl, and deciding whether to leave their father. As Phoebe falls for a boy in Luna's band and reconnects with their estranged father, Luna and Meg try to allow the youngest member of the family to find her own way. McNally is a polished storyteller, her prose alive with vivid descriptions, the excitement of romance, and an artist's yearning to create. Ages 13-up. Agent: Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old Phoebe Ferris has been touched by fame her entire life. Her parents, Meg and Kieran Ferris, headed up the 1990s grunge band Shelter. Unfortunately, both the band and her parents split up before Phoebe turned three. After a fallout with her best friend, Phoebe leaves her home in Buffalo, NY, to stay with her vivacious older sister, Luna-an archetypal manic pixie dream girl-in New York City for a short visit. Her missions: reconnect with her father, who hasn't been in contact with his kids for three years; strike up a romance with the boy she has been texting for half the year; break the wall of silence between Luna and her mother; and, most important, find out just who Phoebe Ferris is. Set against the backdrop of a soulful, hipster New York summer, this coming-of-age novel features relatable heroes with good hearts. Phoebe's story intermingles with her mother's experiences as a young woman forming a new band and falling into a new love, and their blended voices reinforce the bildungsroman arc. Music lovers will enjoy the pop culture references sprinkled throughout. VERDICT Perfect for fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay.-Mariah Manley, Salt Lake City Public Library © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.