Review: Under The Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland

Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)


Do you guys know how we usually complaint that pretty much every contemporary young adult book has a main character whose problems and complexes derivate from a traumatic childhood experience or… from a bad relationship with their parents? Or or or that the parents are super secundary characters that almost never interfere with the story?

Well, brace yourselves for Under The Dusty Moon, because this is one of the best mum characters I’ve ever read about. Vic and Micky are truly best friends and it’s incredibly refreshing to read about a relationship like this, that is also very common in the real world and with which I related a lot to in some ways.

It’s true that Vic has problems because she suposedly “lives in her mum’s shadow” but it didn’t feel so much like that to me. I always saw Vic as her own person through the book, just someone who the older generations recognized as Micky Wayne’s daughter.

There were a few improvements I believe could have made Under The Dusty Moon a better reading, though. I felt like A LOT of good content was created but not explored, for example Shaun’s mums: their relationship with their with Shaun and his little brother would have been so interesting to read more about (not to talk about how Vic would fit in their family). Or Vic’s grandmother, there was also a lot that could be talked about regarding the whole “I care about my daughter but not my granddaughter” thing.

Overall I just felt like there was a lot of potential in this book that was mostly left unused. The storyline itself wasn’t such a big deal but I truly believe the refreshing and interesting characters could’ve made up for it…

Still it was an enjoyable book, I recommend if your looking for a light and fun reading.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

She’s with the band, whether she likes it or not.

Victoria is the sixteen-year-old only daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, whose band, Dusty Moon, took the world by storm when Micky was just a teenager. The band broke up, but, after years spent off the road, Micky’s solo career is finally starting to take off.

With her mum going off to tour in Japan, Vic is left to spend the summer under the care of her grandmother, and without her built-in best friend. Will a boy with a secret geek side and a group of feminist game-makers be enought to save the season? And will this summer change Vic in a way that will endager her relationship with her mum and best friend?

Publisher: Dundurn Press
Date of Publication:  February 16th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Page Count: 232
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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