Let’s Talk YA #4

Last month, the lovely Emma from Never Judge A Book By Its Cover and I launched Let’s Talk YA. You can check out the firstsecond and third books I’ve previously recommended, all of which are incredible UKYA books that I think need to be shouted about more.

Today, I’m talking about the brilliant Moonrise by Sarah Crossan!



‘They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

Why I Love It:

This was such a very powerful and moving book, told in Sarah Crossan’s usual beautiful lyrical poetry that intertwines with the story. She is just such a skilled writer and has made me explore more books told in verse, like the phenomenal The Poet X.

I loved how strong the characterisation was, despite it being told in short, sharp bursts. She manages to deliver these memorable, strong characters every time, making her such a compelling and interesting author.

Crossan tackles a tough topic well, leaving the details open to interpretation and that just added to this poignant atmosphere.

The way that the past and present was woven together was done very well; it really struck a chord with me.

Moonrise is a powerful, poignant story that will stay with you long after the final page.

Let’s talk!

Have you read Moonrise or any of Sarah’s work? What did you think? 

What other books written in verse have you read and what would you recommend?

As always, please check out Emma’s blog for her recommendation and we will be talking on Twitter, so please get involved and use the hashtag #LetsTalkYA.

8 thoughts on “Let’s Talk YA #4

  1. thewheelchairteen says:

    I really liked this Sarah Crossan book! I personally prefered it to One, one of her other stories told in verse. I have read Poet X too but this is one of the first books I read in verse. What I love about them is that they are so short but at the same time can be so powerful and loud. Unlike books which describe events, I found this book to be more about communicating raw emotions – like real poetry. It made me rage against this social injustice more than anything else had before.

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