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!

Aussie YA Challenge 2011

So remember when I said I was going to do fewer challenges this year?  Clearly that is not true anymore! :)  I love challenges and can’t help but join, especially when it already fits well with my other reading plans for the year.

The 2011 Aussie Challenge is hosted by Irresistible Reads.   As an international participant, I am committing to reading 6 YA books by Australian authors, but will probably end up reading more.

Books Read:

  1. Will by Maria Boyd
  2. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  3. The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty
  4. Pink by Lili Wilkinson
  5. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
  6. Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
  7. Saltwater Moons by Julie Gittus
  8. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
  9. Good Oil by Laura Buzo
  10. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  11. Fury by Shirley Marr

These are books I already own and will aim to read this year.  I am not committing to all of them, but as many as possible!

  1. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  2. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
  3. Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
  4. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
  5. John Belushi is Dead by Kathy Charles
  6. Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  7. The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay by Rebecca Sparrow
  8. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
  9. Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

When I joined this challenge, I went through other participants’ lists to find other ideas I might want to read and I do have to say that is really frustrating that lots of Aussie books are hard to acquire in the US.  Amazon doesn’t have them at all.  Book Depository has a lot of the books listed, but they are out of stock.   I guess that’s a sign I don’t need to purchase more books!