Author: Sarah Crossan
Release Date: 7th September 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary
‘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?
I’m infatuated with Sarah Crossan, to be quite honest. I’ve lost times of the amount of time I’ve met her and I think her writing – every single word she puts on every page – is breathtaking. I can only aspire to be as talented as her. I first heard about Moonrise from her own mouth at Mountains to Sea earlier this year and I was incredibly excited. So of course when I got a message from the wonderful Claire Hennessy asking me did I want an ARC, I almost died on the spot.
Moonrise was everything I was expecting. A powerful, poignant creation with beautiful, lyrical language and a tear-jerking story of hardship, love and forgiveness throughout. This was the most thought-provoking novel of Crossan’s I’ve read. It really digs into you deep and seriously gets you to think about the death penalty over in the USA. Moonrise really shows how difficult it can be not just for the person sentenced to execution but also for their family and friends and loved ones. This was so incredibly powerful that it actually changed my stance on the death penalty and how I feel about it.
I don’t really understand how Crossan can keep coming back with book after book that’s just so honestly fresh and genuinely brilliant. I can’t even begin to do this book justice in a review. If you don’t already know, Moonrise (side note: what a GORGEOUS title!) is the story of Joe, who’s brother Ed is on death row for a crime he may or may not have committed. And his date for execution has been set. So it leaves Joe with the dilemma – how do you spend the last few weeks with the person you’ve known your whole life? How do you prepare to say goodbye when you’ll never see them again?
Oh my God, just writing this review is actually making me tear up. It’s a book I can proudly say is the reason that I read. The reason that I review books. Honestly – this is a breathtaking emotional rollercoaster and one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s a simple story with simple language but that in no way diminishes the heartbreaking punch it delivers. I urge you to pick this up as soon as it comes out because there is no way you’ll want to miss this absolute gem. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the Moonrise launch in Dublin but I cannot wait to meet the author again at Deptcon3!!