Moonrise
'They think I hurt someone. But I didn't. You hear?Coz people are gonna be telling youall kinds of lies.I need you to know the truth.'From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

Moonrise Details

TitleMoonrise
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 7th, 2017
PublisherBloomsbury Childrens
ISBN-139781408867808
Rating
GenrePoetry, Young Adult, Contemporary, Family

Moonrise Review

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful and heartbreaking, all at the same time.It forces you to think about and question the justice system, which is rife with injustice.
  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    this was so....sad. i feel like someone has punched me in the heart and drained all my energy. these kind of books really make you think, man. time to go cry, bye.
  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    All of the characters in this felt so strong and unique, even though you were only reading about them in around 150 word bursts! The plot really worked with the verse form, and the shift between past and present events was well managed.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Reporters don’t give a damn about our family.We’re not a story. We’re dirt.Although,I guess that’s a lot easier than having to admitthat by killing our brotherthey’re just pummeling more people. Sarah Crossan has done it again. Moonrise is a heartbreaking YA novel written in verse dealing with a very serious issue - the death penalty. Focusing on the family of the guy on death row, we're enlightened to the impact of capital punishment on those who weren't sentenced. The issues of poverty, par Reporters don’t give a damn about our family.We’re not a story. We’re dirt.Although,I guess that’s a lot easier than having to admitthat by killing our brotherthey’re just pummeling more people. Sarah Crossan has done it again. Moonrise is a heartbreaking YA novel written in verse dealing with a very serious issue - the death penalty. Focusing on the family of the guy on death row, we're enlightened to the impact of capital punishment on those who weren't sentenced. The issues of poverty, parental neglect, a flawed criminal justice system, and police coerced confessions are all present in the story as well.We're with Joe when he is seven years old receiving a phone call to the house phone from his older eighteen year old brother Ed saying he was arrested. The book then jumps forward ten years when Joe is arriving in Wakeling, Texas from New York because his brother called and said he needs him. The execution date is set. Joe is going to do what he can to help even if that just means being there. I’m here ‘cause he’s my blood.He needs me.It’s what I have to do.But if I had a choice?I’d be on a plane home– I’d be gone. Throughout are flashbacks where Joe remembers the past when Ed and his mother were still around. These help to illustrate the relationships Joe had within his family and how things changed once Ed went to prison. It becomes clear Joe looked up to his brother and had a deep love for him. So to see him for the first time ten years later behind plexiglass is huge. Joe wants to understand and have all the time he can with his older brother while they still can.“I’d still be sitting here if you did it.I’d know you didn’t deserve this.”What struck me most were things I understood too well. That realization and need to understand that you can't just call and reach someone in prison whenever you want. The need to be there for a person who needs you regardless of the emotional toll it's taking on you because if family can't be there, then who else will? My heart broke for Joe. I can't even grasp being told my brother is sentenced for execution. To come to terms with a date of death set on the calendar is just outrageous to think about. But it's not something we should just ignore.This is a book that will stick with me. It's emotional, well-written, and beyond thought-provoking. Crossan is my all-time favorite free verse writer. Her books are all fairly quick reads because of her writing style, but damn are they powerful! This was my third book from Crossan and most certainly won't be my last.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very emotional read! I have to say, Sarah Crossan is killing it with these kinds of books. She manages to capture so many emotions while saying so little, it's so impressive. Sometimes it's nice to read a book where the majority of descriptions are left out and what's on paper is just the core of the story. I would 100% recommend this because it's wonderful, powerful and beautiful. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"it was all about how things looked from the outside; what other people tho This was a very emotional read! I have to say, Sarah Crossan is killing it with these kinds of books. She manages to capture so many emotions while saying so little, it's so impressive. Sometimes it's nice to read a book where the majority of descriptions are left out and what's on paper is just the core of the story. I would 100% recommend this because it's wonderful, powerful and beautiful. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"it was all about how things looked from the outside; what other people thought was all that was important, and how we felt about ourselves was irrelevant. Our desires didn’t matter."‘You stay in today, Joe, cos tomorrow’s a story that ain’t been written yet.No use in rehearsing it. No use at all.’"WHAT CAN WE FORGIVE? Anything. If that’s what we choose."
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  • Colleen Fauchelle
    January 1, 1970
    It made me cry.
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning book. I didn’t expect to get so invested in it to be honest, it’s not my usual kind of read. But I couldn’t put it down. Super short chapters give a sense of urgency to the story and it really draws you in. Just beautiful.Moonrise was one of the December book club choices in Rick O’Shea’s Book Club over on Facebook, so naturally I was curious enough to download this from my local library and see what it was like. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good!As the blurb says, Joe hasn’t seen his Stunning book. I didn’t expect to get so invested in it to be honest, it’s not my usual kind of read. But I couldn’t put it down. Super short chapters give a sense of urgency to the story and it really draws you in. Just beautiful.Moonrise was one of the December book club choices in Rick O’Shea’s Book Club over on Facebook, so naturally I was curious enough to download this from my local library and see what it was like. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good!As the blurb says, Joe hasn’t seen his brother in a decade as Ed is on Death Row. But now the inevitable has happened, a date has been set for his execution, so Joe decides to go and spend the last few weeks near Ed to try to make up for lost time.Moonrise follows Joe in those few weeks, through hope and desperation, as he spends time with Ed. It is a really great narrative as Joe gets a job close to the prison and he also meets people from the town near the prison. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, as not everyone is too pleased to be talking about Ed and what he did/ didn’t do.The further in to Moonrise I got, the more I started to hope along with Joe. They were appealing Ed’s case, hopeful for a stay of execution, or wrongful imprisonment, and with each hurdle Joe’s resilience takes another knock. I really felt for him as a character. I just wanted it all to work out.Moonrise is a brilliant story. It will put you through an emotional wringer. I got invested in the characters, so much so that I still think about them weeks after reading. I just loved how this book got under my skin.Highly recommended!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Wat was ik blij toen ik zag dat dit boek op Kobo plus verscheen! Een tijdje terug las ik ‘een’ van Sarah en die vond ik echt heel goed. Ik keek dus al lange tijd uit naar dit nieuwe boek.Ook door dit boek ben ik weer heen gevlogen! Dit boek is geschreven in versvorm. Kleine zinnetjes, waardoor ik alleen maar meer onder de indruk raak van dit verhaal. Als je in zulke korte bewoordingen zoveel emotie in het verhaal kunt leggen en mensen zo in je verhaal mee kunt slepen, dan ben je echt een hele go Wat was ik blij toen ik zag dat dit boek op Kobo plus verscheen! Een tijdje terug las ik ‘een’ van Sarah en die vond ik echt heel goed. Ik keek dus al lange tijd uit naar dit nieuwe boek.Ook door dit boek ben ik weer heen gevlogen! Dit boek is geschreven in versvorm. Kleine zinnetjes, waardoor ik alleen maar meer onder de indruk raak van dit verhaal. Als je in zulke korte bewoordingen zoveel emotie in het verhaal kunt leggen en mensen zo in je verhaal mee kunt slepen, dan ben je echt een hele goede schrijfster!Wat een enorm indrukwekkend verhaal is dit! Enorme brok in mijn keel en een steen in mijn maag. Akelig, triest en prachtig tegelijkertijd. Een enorme aanrader!
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  • Figgy
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come. This was my first novel in verse, but after a while I stopped noticing. I also spent probably the last 25% of the novel crying, so, you know, bring tissues.
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    January 1, 1970
    Edward Moon was coerced to sign a confession of homicide at seventeen years of age, legally binding and convicting the innocent young man. Moonrise is a poignant and provoking narrative of seventeen year old Joseph Moon and his brother who is scheduled to be executed in Kirkland Texas.As children, Edward, Angela and Joseph were often neglected, their mother a verbally abusive alcoholic. Parental responsibilities are entrusted to Karen, their mother's single, Christian sister. At seventeen years Edward Moon was coerced to sign a confession of homicide at seventeen years of age, legally binding and convicting the innocent young man. Moonrise is a poignant and provoking narrative of seventeen year old Joseph Moon and his brother who is scheduled to be executed in Kirkland Texas.As children, Edward, Angela and Joseph were often neglected, their mother a verbally abusive alcoholic. Parental responsibilities are entrusted to Karen, their mother's single, Christian sister. At seventeen years of age, Edward escaped the confines of their regimented home only to be incarcerated for the death of a police officer. Edward's execution has been scheduled and despite Karen's disapproval, Joseph begins his journey to farewell his brother. The narrative is incredibly distressing as the responsibility is placed upon Joseph, temporarily living within the decrepit Kirkland motel, abandoned by Karen and Angela. Capital punishment is a contentious discussion, sanctioned throughout the United States although abolished in Australia. Intense and confronting, the nonlinear narrative explores the familial relationship between siblings. Edward has been imprisoned for ten years and estranged from his siblings and with their mother absent, Karen has denied Angela and Joseph access to their brother. Sarah Crossan is a monumental storyteller and with so few words is, able to captivate and immerse readers. Tragically, poignantly beautiful.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Review can also be found on my blog .Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read this early.This was so sad. I cried. I wasn't expecting to, but I just had to.Ugh, even though it was short and told in verse, it was so powerful. Sometimes authors make the mistake of going way over-the-top with their writing, and it just comes across as fake and forced and forgettable. This one proved that sometimes simple words hold more power than purple prose. You could feel the emotions Review can also be found on my blog .Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read this early.​This was so sad. I cried. I wasn't expecting to, but I just had to.Ugh, even though it was short and told in verse, it was so powerful. Sometimes authors make the mistake of going way over-the-top with their writing, and it just comes across as fake and forced and forgettable. This one proved that sometimes simple words hold more power than purple prose. You could feel the emotions the author was trying to convey so strongly, even though the chapters were sometimes as short as one sentence.This is my first book that I read by Sarah Crossan but it definitely won't be my last. This was really good. I recommend reading it when you have a few solid, uninterrupted hours to pass, that way you can read it in one go and fully immerse yourself into the story.
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  • Alessandra Crivelli
    January 1, 1970
    "we aren't the worst things we didor the worst things that happened to us. We're other stuff too.Like.. the times we made cereal or watched Buffy the vampire slayeror helped an old lady off a bus. We're the good, the bad, and the stupid."I missed Sarah Crossan writing so much. This is a story about unfairness and life. About how much is fucked up the system.This book actually made me think about my idea of death penalty. "Moonrise" is a realistic story of life and death. It is a book that it wil "we aren't the worst things we didor the worst things that happened to us. We're other stuff too.Like.. the times we made cereal or watched Buffy the vampire slayeror helped an old lady off a bus. We're the good, the bad, and the stupid."I missed Sarah Crossan writing so much. This is a story about unfairness and life. About how much is fucked up the system.This book actually made me think about my idea of death penalty. "Moonrise" is a realistic story of life and death. It is a book that it will make you think about family, life, death and forgiveness. It is a story that it will definitely touch your soul.
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  • Sprinkled Pages
    January 1, 1970
    THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK I CANNOT EVEN STRESS THIS ENOUGH. I felt it covered such an important issue with such care and it made me so so so grateful I live in Australia. I was absolutely crying my eyes out and it is just so lovely and has to be read!for more, read my no spoiler book review: https://sprinkledpages.blogspot.com.a...
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  • Lotte
    January 1, 1970
    Ik dacht: ik lees even een stukje in dit boek - en vier uur later had ik hem uit. Heftig en zo mooi geschreven. Sarah Crossan heeft heel weinig woorden nodig om een heel verhaal over te brengen, het gebeurt eigenlijk allemaal in je hoofd.
  • Odette Knappers
    January 1, 1970
    Een van Sarah Crossan pakte ik op omdat ik hem toevallig tegen kwam in een minibieb. Ik had het boek binnen 2u uit, en ik heb na afloop ongeveer even lang zitten janken. Het is een prachtig verhaal, maar de schrijfstijl in vers geeft het een extra bijzonder sausje. Het verhaal komt heel anders uit de verf dan met proza.Wederom heeft Sarah een heel belangrijk en maatschappelijk relevant onderwerp gekozen als onderwerp voor haar boek, dit keer het Amerikaanse rechtssysteem. En oh boy wat is het on Een van Sarah Crossan pakte ik op omdat ik hem toevallig tegen kwam in een minibieb. Ik had het boek binnen 2u uit, en ik heb na afloop ongeveer even lang zitten janken. Het is een prachtig verhaal, maar de schrijfstijl in vers geeft het een extra bijzonder sausje. Het verhaal komt heel anders uit de verf dan met proza.Wederom heeft Sarah een heel belangrijk en maatschappelijk relevant onderwerp gekozen als onderwerp voor haar boek, dit keer het Amerikaanse rechtssysteem. En oh boy wat is het oneerlijk en oh wat komt dat mooi naar voren in dit boek. De machteloosheid druipt er vanaf, prachtig.Een aangrijpend verhaal in een bijzondere en mooie vorm. Zoals Sarah op YALfest zei, ze brengt het verhaal terug naar de kern door voor deze vorm te gaan. En daardoor wordt het een intensere leeservaring. Deze boeken zijn echte aanraders!Maar toch geen 5* want ik had niet dat enorme overdonderde gevoel, ook al greep het boek me heel erg aan.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Moonrise is quite simply a heartbreaking read. I have only ever read Crossan's ya dystopian books (Breathe and Resist) which I really enjoyed and hoped this would be another winner. It was.Moonrise follows Joe Moon who travels to Texas from New York to see his older brother, Ed, who is on Death Row. This book is written entirely in verse which makes the story punchier and hard-hitting, and works really well with the subject matter discussed. Honestly, this book made me feel an array of emotions Moonrise is quite simply a heartbreaking read. I have only ever read Crossan's ya dystopian books (Breathe and Resist) which I really enjoyed and hoped this would be another winner. It was.Moonrise follows Joe Moon who travels to Texas from New York to see his older brother, Ed, who is on Death Row. This book is written entirely in verse which makes the story punchier and hard-hitting, and works really well with the subject matter discussed. Honestly, this book made me feel an array of emotions and I was utterly devastated by the ending. I think Death Row will always be a highly controversial topic (and rightly so) and this depiction tugged at my heartstrings. Moonrise forced me to question the ethics and morality behind Death Row and the injustices which prevail in a severely flawed and corrupt system. The fact that such tragedies still occur in modern society is heartbreaking.A powerful read which will stay with me for a long time to come.
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  • Elle♣
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsI love a book that is written in verse(thanks, Delilah!), but they can either be executed really well or really poorly - and clearly, by my rating, this was done VERY well. Verse can make it more difficult to get a sense of the characters emotions, and in hand makes it harder to find a connection to them - equaling to a story you feel nothing for.THIS book, however, somehow manages to avoid doing this and accomplishes in going further than just gently tugging on our emotions. It takes you 5 starsI love a book that is written in verse(thanks, Delilah!), but they can either be executed really well or really poorly - and clearly, by my rating, this was done VERY well. Verse can make it more difficult to get a sense of the characters emotions, and in hand makes it harder to find a connection to them - equaling to a story you feel nothing for.THIS book, however, somehow manages to avoid doing this and accomplishes in going further than just gently tugging on our emotions. It takes you on an emotional, tear-jerking journey that leaves you feeling like you were right beside the main character through all the ups and downs, and the inevitable heart slaying ending. But I loved it so much.
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  • Emmy Ruijven
    January 1, 1970
    Tranen met tuiten. Wát een heftig boek.
  • La La
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this title yesterday morning and cried into my coffee for about fifteen minutes. The author is a fabulous storyteller, plain and simple. It's written in verse form, but I had no problem with it. In fact it was a quick smooth read. It touched on many current socio-economic and sociopolitical issues. I liked it because the "race" of the MC wasn't apparent for a good portion of the book. It shows the reader that the poor aren't inherently lazy and/or unintelligent, and how the negative p I finished this title yesterday morning and cried into my coffee for about fifteen minutes. The author is a fabulous storyteller, plain and simple. It's written in verse form, but I had no problem with it. In fact it was a quick smooth read. It touched on many current socio-economic and sociopolitical issues. I liked it because the "race" of the MC wasn't apparent for a good portion of the book. It shows the reader that the poor aren't inherently lazy and/or unintelligent, and how the negative preconceived notions many people can have about low income families actually set the family members up for failure. It's high on my "get woke" book list.I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in return for an honest review. I will be reviewing this title on my blog and will add the link when it is posted.
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  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    *4.25 Stars*I don't want to say too much. I read this without knowing anything about it and I think you shoud too.I really liked it, the characters were great and I love the way it's told.Also, it got me out of a huge book slump.
  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)
    January 1, 1970
    'They think I hurt someone.But I didn't. You hear?Coz people are gonna be telling youall kinds of lies.I need you to know the truth.' Oh my god. Sarah Crossan has hit it out of the ballpark yet again with this beautiful story of Joe Moon who travels to Texas from New York to see his older brother, Ed, who is on Death Row. But it's also a book about love in all its forms, and about life and injustice and hope in hopeless situations.I don't know how she does it, because I am agressively opposed to 'They think I hurt someone.But I didn't. You hear?Coz people are gonna be telling youall kinds of lies.I need you to know the truth.' Oh my god. Sarah Crossan has hit it out of the ballpark yet again with this beautiful story of Joe Moon who travels to Texas from New York to see his older brother, Ed, who is on Death Row. But it's also a book about love in all its forms, and about life and injustice and hope in hopeless situations.I don't know how she does it, because I am agressively opposed to free verse poetry (in fact, if I'm honest, I hate all poetry) but her words are just so beautiful and readable and her characters are so real and complex and vulnerable, I literally can't get enough of this author's writing.There is romance in the book, but it complements the main story instead of overshadowing it or seeming to be included for the sake of it. While Moonrise is a criticism of police brutality and of capital punishment, but it never goes overboard with condemnation. This bookshould be required reading for everyone (*coughs* Daily Mail *coughs*) who has ever said 'Bring back hanging'. Crossan pitches her arguments perfectly for maximum effect using exactly the right words to leave you feeling like you've been put through the emotional wringer and stillbegging for more. I read Moonrise in one heartbreaking sitting and two weeks later I'm still thinking about it.I can smell a Carnegie Medal in the air. Just saying.I was given a copy of Moonriseby the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    My heart.
  • Dannii Elle
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating 4.5 stars. Review to follow.
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    January 1, 1970
    Review on another edition.
  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Moonrise from Bloomsbury Australia to review. This is the second book I’ve read by Crossan. I read One a few years ago and loved it. When I received Moonrise in the mail to review I was excited to read it. I’m just going to get this out of the way now. Not a lot of books have made me cry but I’ll admit that I was actually crying at the end of this book. Actual tears! Which for me means it was a really good book and one of the reasons I gave it five stars. I just got so attac I received a copy of Moonrise from Bloomsbury Australia to review. This is the second book I’ve read by Crossan. I read One a few years ago and loved it. When I received Moonrise in the mail to review I was excited to read it. I’m just going to get this out of the way now. Not a lot of books have made me cry but I’ll admit that I was actually crying at the end of this book. Actual tears! Which for me means it was a really good book and one of the reasons I gave it five stars. I just got so attached to Joe and Ed and I wanted them to have a happy ending.In Moonrise, Ed is on death row for a crime he says he didn’t commit. I’m going to admit that I was a little skeptical at first. I know it’s supposed to be innocent until proven guilty but Ed was in prison. No one wants to think the justice system screws up and that innocent people are, right now, sitting in prison for something they didn’t do. And especially not on death row. But the justice system isn’t perfect and mistakes are made. Innocent people have been executed and are imprisoned. This isn’t related to the book but, for example, Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. I believe they’re both innocent. If you haven’t seen Making a Murderer then I highly recommend it. Although it made me very angry. This book shows what happens when the justice system fails.But it also shows what one family is willing to do for someone they love. Even if they’re aren’t sure what to believe. Ed’s family wants to be there for him at the end, when he needs them the most. Especially if it might be the last time they see each other.Moonrise is told in verse. I’ve only read one other book told this way and it was also by Crossan and I loved that too. Even though it was sad. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to connect with the story or characters with the book being written this way but both Moonrise and One was amazing and so, so sad.I think I might have to pick up more of Crossan’s books. This isn’t the kind of book I usually read but I could not put it down.
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  • George Lester
    January 1, 1970
    WHY CAN I NOT GIVE MORE THAN FIVE STARS?! IT'S A CONSPIRACY AND THIS BOOK IS DESERVING OF ALL OF THE STARS!!! ALL!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐In all seriousness, this book is absolutely incredible. Sarah Crossan has knocked it outside of the park AGAIN with Moonrise. A heartbreaking, beautiful gut punch of a book. Outstanding! WHY CAN I NOT GIVE MORE THAN FIVE STARS?! IT'S A CONSPIRACY AND THIS BOOK IS DESERVING OF ALL OF THE STARS!!! ALL!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️In all seriousness, this book is absolutely incredible. Sarah Crossan has knocked it outside of the park AGAIN with Moonrise. A heartbreaking, beautiful gut punch of a book. Outstanding!
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    I am now a puddle. Whenever there is a murder, and someone is convicted and sentenced to death, we automatically feel for the victim's family. This book challenged me to look at it from the other side. The story is told from the point of view of Joe, a 17 year old man, who's brother had received his execution date after 10 years on death row. Joe was quite young, when his brother was incarcerated, but was determined to be with him during his final days. I really loved the way Crossan showed them I am now a puddle. Whenever there is a murder, and someone is convicted and sentenced to death, we automatically feel for the victim's family. This book challenged me to look at it from the other side. The story is told from the point of view of Joe, a 17 year old man, who's brother had received his execution date after 10 years on death row. Joe was quite young, when his brother was incarcerated, but was determined to be with him during his final days. I really loved the way Crossan showed them reconnecting. We saw their interactions in the present, as well as flashbacks, which clearly illustrated Joe's love, affection, and admiration for his brother. Crossan also clearly illustrated the emotional toll Ed's impending death was having on Joe. He was dealing with some deep abandonment issues, and this just compounded those. The issue of capital punishment was what inspired this book, but it was the focus on the family dynamic, which captured my heart. The book is heartbreaking and left me in tears, but there was this underlying idea of family and love, which touched my heart. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Marieke
    January 1, 1970
    Niet zo indrukwekkend als Een, maar alsnog hartverscheurend. De vrije versvorm past ontzettend goed bij het verhaal en geeft het echt een extra laag. Een uitgebreidere recensie komt binnenkort op mijn blog!
  • Lisanne
    January 1, 1970
    I can't even begin to describe what I'm feeling after turning the last page of this book. I read it back to back in a couple of hours and I cried like a baby. Whát a book, just read it!
  • Bookread2day
    January 1, 1970
    I Love how the hardcover is brilliantly designed with a cut out of the half moon. Where the cut out shape on the front cover is all you can see is that inside is the half moon. When you open the hardcover the picture of the moon is actually a full circle moon. But the cover doesn't look like a full circle moon from the front cover, you only see the half moon, a very clever idea. Full marks to who ever designed the front cover of this hardcover. Why not take a look at the book inside your book sh I Love how the hardcover is brilliantly designed with a cut out of the half moon. Where the cut out shape on the front cover is all you can see is that inside is the half moon. When you open the hardcover the picture of the moon is actually a full circle moon. But the cover doesn't look like a full circle moon from the front cover, you only see the half moon, a very clever idea. Full marks to who ever designed the front cover of this hardcover. Why not take a look at the book inside your book shop? This is my second book that I have read by Sarah Crossan. What appealed to me in this book was the style of writing on every page that was like a short text. Highly recommended as its a short book because of the short text writing on each page. Ideal for someone who don't like reading long pages and chapters.
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