Author: Siobhan Curham
Genre: Teen friendship
Synopsis: It’s a tale of four young girls who become friends and the different dreams they want to achieve at this time in their lives. Amber, an Oscar Wilde-loving outcast, decides to start a secret society to deal with her fathers and the imbeciles at school. Cue The Moonlight Dreamers, which she based on a quote by Oscar Wilde.
Amber invites girls she views as worthy to be moonlight dreamers, but only shy Maali and hippy Sky accept. Both with their own reasons for wanting this group to work. Sky’s almost stepsister, Rose also joins the group accidentally but becomes a valuable addition. They help each other achieve their dreams, providing advice and support when needed and thus form a beautiful friendship.
My thoughts: There were quite a number of things that I liked about this story.
The fact that it reminds me a lot of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, but that could be the nostalgia (which is always good) kicking in cause I’m watching Superstore (America Ferrera is in it), and Gilmore Girls. The Moonlight Dreamers is more of a story of the girls becoming friends.
I enjoyed the diversity of characters with Amber having homosexual parents, and Maali, an Indian Hindu who loves her faith which I found very relatable. Then there’s Rose, essentially the misunderstood popular girl. As well as the flower child, Sky as she deals with her father moving on after the passing of her mum. The story wasn’t trying to be edgy or force these characters into the plot in the name of being progressive.
However, I did find some of the plot lines a bit predictable. I did thoroughly enjoy the outcome of each of the girl’s story arc.
Verdict: Overall, an enjoyable read preferably for younger audiences, say 12 to 17-ish.
Recommendations: I’ve already mentioned it, but The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares has the same sort of warmth in it.