Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Genre: Romance, Supernatural, Drama,
"I’m homesick all the time. I just don’t know where home is. There’s this promise of happiness out there. I know it. I even feel it sometimes. But it’s like chasing the moon - just when I think I have it, it disappears into the horizon. I grieve and try to move on, but then the damn thing comes back the next night, giving me hope of catching it all over again."
Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? 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: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.
Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes—which is a good thing, because Julia can’t seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar … Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she’s hurt in the past?
Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.
The plot itself was actually simple and predictable. There are many books out there that have the same story line. But Sarah Addison Allen’s prose is beautiful and enchanting that you will see this typical plot in a different light. This book is like a very common dish that became an entirely different cuisine when sprinkled with spices and secret ingredients. The Girl Who Chased The Moon was sprinkled with magic; a strange town, a living giant, a wallpaper that changes depending on your mood, a person who has a sweet sense that he can actually see it floating in the air, and mysterious lights jumping in the woods at night, when there is moonlight. This book also has a touch of nostalgia and the bittersweet taste of romance. And then the secret ingredient was the prose itself. Sarah Addison Allen wrote it in a way that will draw you in, full of metaphors both sweet and intoxicating, like the richest wine that you will want to drink again and again.
But of course, this book was not only about the strange things that exist in the small town of Mullaby. It was also about being young, about making mistakes, about trying to make those mistakes right, about forgiveness and moving on, and most of all about growing up. This book will remind you that, what you were when you were young is not you, but just a ghost of your past self. It doesn’t define what you are in the present and most especially, in the future.
"Is the mind beyond you?"
"I don’t know. There are times when the understanding does not come until later, when it no longer matters. Other times I do what I must do, not knowing my own mind, and I am led astray."
"How can the mind be so imperfect?"
"It may well be imperfect, but it leaves traces. And we can follow those traces, like footsteps in the snow."
"Where do they lead?"
"To one self. That’s what the mind is. Without the mind, nothing leads anywhere."
At last. <3
cute homemade bookmark. <3
I just finished Battle Royale recently. One of the best books I’ve read so far. Thank you for the friend who lend me her copy. :)