Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Title: Moonrise

Author: Sarah Crossan

Pages: 385

Genre: Young adult: Contemporary, Poetry

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: September 7th 2017

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

“I don’t believe in God today. I don’t even believe in people.”

Goodreads synopsis:

‘They think I hurt someone. 
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.
But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and this might be the last summer they have together.

My review:

Thank you to Bloomsbury for giving a copy of Moonrise to me during the Bloggers evening in Melbourne 🙂

This is the first verse novel I’ve ever read, so I can’t quite compare it to another. But I quite enjoyed reading Moonrise and reading in a different form and style. The beginning was interesting and I grew to enjoy verse a little and this book. I also went into this book now knowing anything and was quite pleasantly surprised with how enjoyable it turned out to be.

I didn’t really connect with the characters and had no emotional tie to them, so when I put down the novel, they were mostly forgotten. I also didn’t really care about them for most of the novel too, mostly skimming through some parts because it ended up boring me. However, during the time that I read Moonrise, my heart broke for Ed and Joe and their broken family and I hoped for the best for their family, because who wouldn’t?

The ending was a little anti-climatic and left me unsatisfied, however it did bring tears to me eyes and show me a piece of reality and it saddens me that our world is like this. I was actually hoping the real murderer would show up and owned up to their crimes, but we can’t always have what we want, right?

Overall, Moonrise was enjoyable but not memorable, and it is a quick read but heartbreaking read. It’s mostly written in verse, which takes a little time to get use to, but I got there and did like the style. I’d recommend reading this if you need a little boost to your Goodreads goal!


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