I have to admit, I didn’t read the highly acclaimed and hugely bestselling The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold mostly because the idea of reading about a dead teenager turned me off. But I heard it was amazing. My own teenager really liked it, in fact.
I don’t know why I thought I would do better with the topic of The Almost Moon. It’s a tough one to swallow, too. I’m not giving anything away by telling you that on page one we learn that the main character has killed her aging mother.
While the work is crafted with great skill – the main characters are all fairly unsympathetic and the opening chapter is so disturbing I almost put the book down.
That said, I do think The Almost Moon would make a good book club selection if you can stomach it. The conversations it would open up and the character discussions could be very meaningful and engrossing. I can just hear my book club both complaining about it and really getting into it.