Saltwater Moons by Julie Gittus

Goodreads description:

In the beginning it seems so simple. A poem in the mail. A weekend invitation to the coast. But when Sun says yes to a midnight walk, her life becomes suddenly complicated. Saltwater Moons tells the story of Sun Langley during her final months of Year Twelve. There’s the intensity of her first relationship, complicated by the fact she continues to exchange poems with her boyfriend’s best mate. It’s a story about love and betrayal, about constantly longing for the things we can’t have.

I really wanted to like this book, but I struggled with it a bit.  On one hand, it was beautifully written – super easy to get immersed in.  I liked that a lot.  On the other hand, the characters kind of drove me crazy.  :)

I liked Sun, but I was so mad at her for staying in the wrong relationship when clearly her heart was somewhere else.  I did feel like she was a very authentic character and most of what she did made sense in a teenage brain, but I just wanted to shake her and tell her there was something better out there for her.

I loathed Mark.  Seriously loathed him.  He was just not a good person and he didn’t treat Sun well.  See last paragraph about shaking Sun and telling her there was something better out there.

Tycho I did like for the most part, though I didn’t understand why he continued to exchange poetry with Sun if he wasn’t going to do anything more.  I really liked the poetry in the book and how well it fit in with what Tycho and Sun were going through at the time.

Overall, it was good and a real story of Sun making mistakes and figuring out who she was.

Read as part of the Aussie YA Challenge. I received this book through the Go Aussie Book Tours over on The Unread Reader.  Thank you, Missie!

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