FIND THE MOON
By Beth Fehlbaum
For as long as she can remember, Kylie Briscoe’s been searching for the moon even though she has no idea why it soothes her. Placed in an impossible situation by her mother, Kylie cries for help. It brings rescuers and a new life, but it feels more like a death sentence when she is separated from her three-year-old sister Aliza, the only person Kylie’s ever really loved.
This is a story I did not see coming. From the gripping first pages to the last turn of the page, Find the Moon is a story that is hopeful, breaks your heart, and makes you realize that something is bigger out there than this world we live on.
Readers are introduced to Kylie Briscoe as the big sister who is protecting and taking care of her little sister. Their mom is a complete drug-addict failure. Along the way, you are drawn into how Kylie was used for drug payments through sex trafficking. This story is about how the main character defied the odds, protected her baby sister, and found a new life.
Find the Moon is a story that hits the core of your every emotion. This is a YA fiction novel that might hopefully, help others find their strength and their voice. What I found endearing is that Kylie on her new path in life actually screws up and she’s forgiven and does right. Best of all, through the love of her grandparents and her boyfriend she sees her mother as her true self. Honey, Kylie’s grandmother, sounds much like mine was, especially with the cursing.
What really drew me into the story is the connection between Kylie’s grandfather, the moon, and the stars. The moon is something that never changes for any of us. It is a constant that everyone can relate to and draw upon. Love this connection they share over the moon.
Just “one thing at a time.” We all need to remember that mantra, along with “I will, I can.”
The one quote that sticks it out from this book is “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all,” by Elie Wiesel.
Author, Beth Fehlbaum, you took my breath away with this story of hopelessness, friendships, learning, and the moon!
Beth Fehlbaum is the author of the young adult novels Find the Moon, Big Fat Disaster (on the Spirit of Texas-High School Reading List, 2014-2015), Courage in Patience, Hope in Patience (A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers), and Truth in Patience. With Dr. Matt E. Jaremko, Beth co-wrote the creative nonfiction book, Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt. She is a high school English teacher.