Alex’s Review of “Serious Moonlight” by Jenn Bennett

About Alex’s Review of “Serious Moonlight” on The Book Brontosaurus 

I have read two of Jenn Bennett’’s other books and have always loved the way she writes contemporary romance books so when I saw “Serious Moonlight” I bought right away and was excited to read it.” – Alex

Book Cover of "Serious Moonlight" by Jenn Bennett

Book Information:

Title: Serious Moonlight
Author: Jenn Bennett
Page Count: 432
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Content Warning: Suicide 

Book Summary:
“After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.”


Overall Rating & Book Blurb

4 Tree Star Rating
I gave “Serious Moonlight” 3.75 Tree Stars.
I found this to be a fun read that had some serious topics that I was not expecting. Additionally, I feel like I actually learned something after reading this.

Readability: 4
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
Wow Factor: 3

Book Review for “Serious Moonlight”

First Impressions (First Chapter Thoughts): 

One of the coolest things for me while reading the first chapter was Birdie’s love for mysteries and detective work. The way that Birdie describes her backstory as a case file as if she is a detective is really fun and different. This coupled with the mystery dude that she kept talking about left me wanting to read more. 

Thoughts while reading:

After finishing “Serious Moonlight”, I found it to be an enjoyable read. When I originally picked the book up I thought it was going to be cute and simple but it definitely touched on some serious topics that I was not expecting. Birdie deals with narcolepsy, something that I knew very little about before starting the book. I felt like I learned quite a bit after finishing it.

“Grandpa called “going boneless,” better known as cataplexy. It’s this thing that happens to some narcoleptics. Basically, you lose control of all your muscles and sometimes collapse. People think you’ve fainted, but you’re conscious, It’s just that you can’t move. And it’s triggered by the stupidest things. A burst of laughter. Excitement. Anger. Any intense emotion, really.”

“Serious Moonlight”, Jenn Bennett

 While the romance was pretty adorable, it was not my favorite part of the book. I always felt like something was missing from it. I guess I never fell in love with their love, if that makes sense. It was a little bland for me. I wanted this epic romance and I never felt like it got there.

“Sometimes it felt as if grief were a tightrope, and I spent half my time trying to to stay balanced; I never fell off, but I also never made it to the other side.”

“Serious Moonlight”, Jenn Bennett

I think my favorite part about this book is Birdie’s experience dealing with grief and loss in her life. There were many parts in this book where I felt like I related to Birdie in a lot of ways when she would talk about losing people and the fear of getting to know someone and love them, only to lose them.

Final thoughts:

All in all, I felt like I learned something from this book which made me really happy. It made me want to learn more about narcolepsy, something that I have never seen in any other YA books that I have read. While I came for the romance, I left with something more.

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