The Girl Who Chased the Moon

A Novel

Allen, Sarah Addison

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother's life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew--a reclusive, real-life gentle giant--she realizes that mysteries aren't solved in Mullaby, they're a way of life.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553807219
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALLEN 2010
Characteristics: 269 p. ;,22 cm


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Aug 17, 2014
  • Mothercat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another quirky tale which I enjoyed - interesting characters, easy storyline.

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

As Allen books go, this one is much more mainstream and subdued. It's got her usual magic, though less than her other books, and her usual place-has-personality is less of a character and more of a background here. The mystery is....not so much a mystery. But as with all Allen books, it's about the journey of the characters and their growing into the people they are meant to be. Julia was by far my favorite, but then, she's meant to be. I wished for a bit more depth with everyone else (but then I wouldn't have been able to read this one in a day), and for a bit more magic and mystery. It isn't bad, but in my opinion it isn't as good as Garden Spells or The Peach Keeper.

Mar 04, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and magical with a touch of bittersweet. Now I plan to read all the other novels written by this author.

Aug 27, 2012
  • Pisinga rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Much ado about nothing. Here is a book which is sugary as life itself in North Carolina, where everything ends as in fairy tales - and they lived happily until old age.
Could be given three stars, if you look at it as a books for teenagers. But from the other side just a small two stars.

Aug 26, 2012
  • jessssro rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I decided to read this book after reading Garden Spells, and I was not disappointed! Although both books have many similarities (baking, magic, and romance), I enjoyed this book a little bit better...who wouldn't want to live in the fantastic little town of Mullaby which Sarah Addison Allen has created?

Aug 16, 2012
  • 70greengirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another great story by Sarah Addison Allen! I loved it. I think I still like Garden Spells the best but this is a close 2nd. Her characters are so like-ably flawed. You wouldn't want them anyway other than how they are written – issues and all. To bad it is hard to be so generous with ourselves!
Here is my favourite quote
“The two giant oaks in the front yard looked like flustered ladies caught mi-curtsy, their starched green leaf-dresses swaying in the wind.”

So much is said with this description - the author is from the south – writing about the south. Not of course that women still wear large bell dresses anymore but the image has such a strong association that it immediately creates mood, place, and location.

I love to cook and bake so reading about people who enjoy the same - well it often makes me hungry but it is also a shared interest and creates a desire to learn to cook new recipes. I may need to try making southern BBQ!

Jun 18, 2012
  • bridge1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wouldn't it be lovely to have wallpaper that changes to suit your mood!! A delightful story.

May 14, 2012
  • sstpierre rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVED this book! So magical and well written.

Nov 29, 2011
  • BookFan63 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite books of all times.

Nov 21, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen continues her legacy of magical, charming books that are sweetly irresistible. This one gives us a sugary sparkle and the smell of cakes baking that drifts through the air of the small town of Mullaby, North Carolina. Julia Winterson and Emily Benedict both have roots in this town, and both need to discover why this is the one place on earth they truly belong.

Emily arrives in Mullaby to meet her grandfather and solve the mystery of why her mother left in disgrace and never returned to her hometown. Julia has returned to Mullaby after leaving as a troubled teen when she was sixteen, Both have much to discover, and while putting the pieces together, they learn how to accept, forgive and tolerate. Mullaby is a magical town and, of course, love is there for them to find as well.

Sarah Addison Allen writes feel-good books, books that make you smile and sigh with contentment. The Girl Who Chased the Moon has her signature touches of whimsical magical realism along with her warmly sympathetic characters. When you are in the mood for light reading, Sarah Addison Allen can provide a nice escape.

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Jun 27, 2012
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p. 260

She'd wanted to do this alone, but she understood that her parents were worried, and if paying for her stay at a swanky inn made them feel better, then she would suffer through it and diligently eat the chocolate put on her pillow every night.

Feb 04, 2011
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p. 139-140

In the spring, in a flood of pain and fear so great she doubled over in French class, Julia went into labour. […] She could feel the baby’s frustration, her impatience, as she manoeuvred her way to freedom. And Julia couldn’t stop her. As much as she wanted to, there was nothing she could do to keep this child physically bound to her any longer. Her daughter had a mind, and an agenda, all her own. After it was all over, the baby proceeded to fuss about how hard her journey had been to anyone who would listen, the way old ladies in tweed coats liked to fuss about long, hot train rides into the city. It made Julia laugh, holding the squawking infant in her arms.


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Apr 26, 2010
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When Emily’s mother Dulcie dies in a car accident, Emily has no where else to go but to her mother’s old home town to live with a grandfather she has never met. Mullaby, North Carolina feels foreign to Boston-raised Emily, and her gigantic grandfather seems as baffled with her presence as she is by him. Her wonderful mother Dulcie – the philanthropic woman who saved countless lives - is never discussed. And soon she realizes that everyone in town seems to harbor some silent resentment about her mother, and the Dulcie they remember is not the saint who brought up Emily. While most townspeople seem ready to transfer their anger for Dulcie to her daughter, there are others who are curious about her. Win Coffey, a mysterious young man to whom she is drawn like a moth to a flame, knows the source of the bitterness in town, but has a battle of his own to fight, and her neighbour Julia, the woman who bakes exquisite cakes, has a secret of her own, one she cannot even share with her best friend. As a matter of fact, there are many tantalizing and enchanting secrets in Mullaby – wallpaper that changes with one’s mood, strange glowing lights in the woods, denied attractions between old flames, and pent-up sadness and guilt for actions long past. The Girl Who Chased the Moon is Sarah Addison Allen’s third novel, and in it we are again treated to a sensual, charmed story; there is still some darkness – high-school bullying, alienation, self-cutting, teen suicide – but ultimately Emily, Julia, Win and even grandpa Vance show that people do not have to be defined by their pasts and can be free to pursue the future they want, if they have the courage to choose.

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