Selena is an incredibly well-developed main character. She has all these idiosyncrasies, all this past baggage she carries around, and a very hard life she has to deal with. Even so, I found her relatable and endearing (even when she was at her worst). I appreciated Tessa’s weaving in her backstory gradually, seamlessly, and loved the twists and turns this book took as it went on.
I read it very quickly because I couldn’t get enough of the story. The secrets that are revealed as the summer goes on, and the tragedies that happen, stole my interest. Selena suffers much, but she also learns a lot. I really enjoyed the high stakes, tension, and how, even when life got in the way, healing took place.
There are a few references to underage drinking and smoking, but Tessa handled everything tactfully. She represented teeangerdom accurately, I felt, without going over the top or stepping on my (what can often be sensitive) toes. I appreciated that!
Readers who love the YA genre will enjoy Tessa Emily Hall’s fresh voice. She never preaches, only lets her skill at storytelling say it all. Redemption is possible, relationships can heal, and it is never, ever too late.
About the Author
Tessa Emily Hall is the 19-year-old author of Purple Moon, her YA Christian novel releasing todayby Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is also the editor over the faith department for Temperance Magazine, a column writer for Whole Magazine, a contributing writer for More To Be, as well as the PR for God of Moses Entertainment. Other than writing, Tessa enjoys acting, music, Starbucks, and her Teacup Shih Tzu—who is named Brewer after a character in her book, as well as her love for coffee.
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