ARC Review: Girls in the Moon

Girls in the MoonGirls in the Moon by Janet McNally
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: November 29, 2016

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 cofounder 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 to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, Phoebe’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and Kieran’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her family’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future

Girls in the Moon is the story of two sisters who are children of two famous rock stars, and how their lives were changed because of their parent’s dreams. Phoebe is the protagonist and main voice for the novel, though we also get some flashback chapters interspersed, from her mother, Meg’s point of view. Meg and Kieran (their father) were famous and when they had a child, their differences became obvious – she never wanted the life in the limelight while he craved for it. So, they separated and she brought up both her daughters, cautious to not let them follow her path and get their hearts broken. Luna, the older one, is already becoming her mother, as she follows her dreams of being in a band, and touring – for which she takes a break from college and her mother doesn’t approve of. Hence, Phoebe being sent for a week in the summer to convince her. Phoebe herself is trying to find her place in a family of musicians, with only her poetry and lyrics that she shares with them.

The musical aspect of the book is definitely a draw – with the lyrics adding layers to the characters. While the story of the secrets and how history repeats itself is certainly interesting, I did not really see what the flashback chapters had to do really with the present. There was no narrative link, and it only served to give more dimension into the nature of their father if anything, which could have been served otherwise. Also, the pacing is very slow and it feels mid-way like there is no direction to the plot. The ending served some resolution as to the nature of the secret and some healing of the differences in the family, but it did not feel enough to wrap up the story. Overall, probably a good read but not my kind of book.

Received a free galley from Harper Teen, via Edelweiss.

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