I think what helps her pull this off is the stunning minimalism of her writing. Each paragraph and each sentence feels cut down to the bare necessities of what we need to know. Obviously this makes it read much faster and sharper. But within the bluntness of it, she still regularly throws beautiful turns of phrase at us and offers countless moments where we stop and pause after a sentence so that we can read it again.
It also helps that each of the characters are likeable. They are all flawed to a sensible and un-profound extent, so that we can see a small part of ourselves in each of them. They each have something to learn that we want to learn with them, be it about honesty, motherhood, family, love or whatever. It works out that, whoever is on the page in any given chapter, we want to know their story and we want to be part of their world.
But above all, The Girl Who Drank The Moon’s ambitious tale comes together seamlessly because the book is fun! Just as Luna’s magic knows no bounds, the book is bursting with ideas and little tidbits of detail that add something special to every chapter. It’s a controlled and refined kind of chaos, one that makes you want to act the book out and put on silly voices and make everyone hot chocolate. If ever there was a book to read out loud to another person, it’s this one. It’s a very pretty, lighthearted, effervescent novel that guarantees a good night’s sleep after finishing it.
review written by Alex George