This review includes some spoilers--so stop reading and skip to the next section if you plan to read this novel.
Though I've never seen itI know my locket is there.It keeps my questionsmy secretswarmunansweredand safe. [excerpt from pg 5 of The Moon Within]
Celi, your moon will not be like mine.You will not begin womanhood in doubtin shamebut surrounded by the strengthof women in your community.No it isn't. It is a way you've made up!It is a way that we have to reclaimso that we are not erased. [excerpt from page 182 of The Moon Within]
In the author's note, the author talks about how something once so celebrated and honored in some cultures has been made to feel dirty in modern-day western cultures. This is something I have observed too, although I like to think the tide is changing.
As Celi navigates her changing body and puberty, her friend Marco is going through his own changes. Born a girl, Marco has long felt more like a boy. I loved how Salazar celebrates him in his and his family's acceptance of who he is. The author draws from precolonial indigenous, Mesoamerican ideas and beliefs, referencing the Aztec god Xochiquetzal, who was both male and female. Xochihuah, people with dual genders or who are gender fluid, are believed to have been considered sacred and well respected.
While Celi loves Marco and their friendship, conflict arises when the boy she is crushing on is rude to Marco, deadnaming him and making fun of him. Celi struggles with her feelings--her attraction to Iván and her loyalty to her best friend.
My locket lies open ona shore of a seaof confusionsteady sand grounds my feetlike Marco--my best amifriend foreverbut the waves of Iváncrash into mea foam that wraps around my legssends a tingle through my bodyand swarms my heartwith a feeling offirst love? [excerpt from pg 141 of The Moon Within]
I watch her light up a sliver of dustin my room.Like a performancesmall specks dancetwirl,bounce,float,glide,somersault.They dance like I do. [excerpt from pg. 7 of The Moon Within]
I love the idea of a moon ceremony; and while it is not a tradition I carried out, it is one I admire and see the beauty in. The picture painted by Salazar as she wrote about Celi's moon ceremony was very moving and heartfelt.
As my last offering to my moon altarI lay my first doll, Alma, inside an open gourdthen I add a flint, for protectionand a spool of thread to mendher bird-print dressI say goodbye beneath my breathwhile Mima sprinkles herwithcrystal dustthat feels like love. [excerpt from pg 197 of The Moon Within]
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I’ve read Vera Wong and thought it was pretty good.ReplyDelete
Harvee - I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I am so glad you're enjoying Killers of a Certain Age! Have you also tried the Thursday Murder Club series? So much fun and similar with the dark humor.ReplyDelete
Helen - I haven't yet tried the Thursday Murder Club series, but I keep hearing good things about it. Thank you for the recommendation and for stopping by!Delete
Oh! I so love the look of fresh paint! Hopefully, next month my sewing room will get a new coat of paint! I’m so glad your husband listened to reason!ReplyDelete
I’m sorry to hear about your great-aunt. How wonderful that family is nearby to help out.
I enjoyed Homicide and Halo-Halo as well the first book in the series, Arsenic and Adobo. I’ve seen the Vera Wong book online so much, that I’ve added it to my TBR. I’ve added Salazar’s books to my TBR and to my wish list on Paperbackswap. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue stayed with me long after I finished it.
Oh yes, A Man Called Otto was wonderful as a book and movie.
Have a great week!
Patricia - I hope you are able to get your sewing room painted next month! I am glad my husband decided against trying to paint the shutters by himself. They are on the second floor and the thought of him climbing a ladder and trying to paint them on his own, concerned me, especially because of his bad shoulder.Delete
My great aunt is doing well but anxious to get home. She's in a rehab facility right now. My mom is still with her, out of state. I know she's anxious to get home. She had been hoping she wouldn't have to be away so long.
I really liked Arsenic and Adobo and am looking forward to reading Homicide and Halo-Halo. I am glad you liked it!
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May is flying by. I love the look of Killers, and the new Ashley Weaver looks good too. I've only read her first book so I'm way behind...ReplyDelete
Greg - I am really looking forward to the new Ashley Weaver book. I enjoyed the first two books in the series. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I'm glad to hear you are enjoying Killers of a Certain Age!ReplyDelete
Mark - It's a lot of fun. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
Killers of a Certain Age is certainly an action-packed romp! Hope you enjoy it AND have a terrific week.ReplyDelete
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I really enjoyed Killers of a Certain Age - it was a lot of fun. Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Maree - I am really enjoying it. Thank you for visiting!Delete
We enjoyed A Man Called Otto, too. It reminds me again how important it is to connect with others, like Marisol did, even when others appear to dislike connections.ReplyDelete
It sounds like The Moon Within includes a lot of traditional practices that might be very good to incorporate to the broad American culture. Transitions into adulthood are something America doesn't handle well, I think.
I hope you will take on Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers next.
Deb - I wish I was more of a social butterfly like my dad was--and my mom's become. We wave to our neighbors but we don't really know most of them well. There are a couple though we've exchanged numbers with and help each other out with packages or when their dogs get out.Delete
I agree about America not handling transition into adulthood particularly well. I think we could learn a lot from other cultures.
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Juggling work and school schedule is always tricky! Once the kids are older, it's such a relief!ReplyDelete
Sophie - Yes, it is. Our extracurricular schedule hasn't been as busy this year as it has been in past years which was nice--although it never felt like I had extra time, so I'm not sure where it went. LOL Thank you for visiting!Delete
I enjoyed A Man Called Otto. Tom Hanks is good in everything in my opinion, emotional book and movie. I agree about getting painters to do the job, we recently had our home painted and i was glad my husband wasn't out on a ladder doing it!ReplyDelete
Tina - I agree with you about Tom Hanks. He is good in everything. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I really liked Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers. I have Homicide and Halo-Halo on my TBR. I enjoyed the movie A Man Called Otto and, yes, the cat definitely stole the show. Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Yvonne - I am glad to hear you liked Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers. Everyone who had read it seems to have enjoyed it! I hope we both read and enjoy Homcide and Halo-Halo! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I've recently finished Killers of a Certain Age - it was enjoyable, though I felt the women didn't always act their age, especially with the snark which felt like they were a lot younger. If you enjoy it - I recommend The Thursday Murder Club series, which I think does the elderly protagonist vibe much better. It doesn't seem possible that Mouse will be going up to Middle school after the holidays - where does the time goe?? Have a great week:).ReplyDelete
Sarah - Some of the women I work with are closing in on 60 and could probably give the women in the book a run for their money snark wise, but definitely not action wise. LOL I will have to give the Thursday Murder Club series a try--you're the second person to recommend it. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I see a few books I think I'd enjoy. I read the books and watched A Man Called Ove and A Man Called Ove. I also read The Storied Life of A J Fikry but didn't know it was a movie. For some reason when I was reading the book I thought he was a lot older. I'm hoping to watch it today.ReplyDelete
Vicki - I thought he was older too. I hope you enjoyed the movie, The Storied Life of AJ Fikry! Thank you for visiting!Delete
There's always plenty to do and try to juggle the schedule. I really enjoyed Killers of a Certain Age and Thursday Murder Club. I want to read Gallant. A reader like Mouse should be fine in middle school. It can be a crazy time with the growth and changes of children that age. I hope it all goes well. It's wonderful your mom can help with your daughter and your great aunt.ReplyDelete
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Anne - My boss wasn't too keen on my needing to adjust my schedule, but I was able to make it work. Luckily the school is really close and I was working from home the days I picked her up. My husband's boss was more understanding, fortunately.Delete
Yes, I'm very grateful my mom has been able to help with Mouse these past couple of years. Unfortunately, her aunt lives out of state and so that is less convenient for her, especially since she isn't sure how long she'll have to be gone. My great aunt and her partner are lucky to have my mom. As awful as the situation is, it was good timing in the sense that Mouse is out of school now and childcare isn't really an issue. But we always had a back up plan because we know things can always come up. :-)
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I agree that it seems amazing that Miss Mouse will be in middle school next year. These kids - they will insist on growing up. I couldn't believe that mine turned 40 last fall. How am I old enough to have a 40-year-old??? Ha!ReplyDelete
Kay - Mouse is at that stage where she wants to grow up one day, but not so much the next. It's proving to be a trying and yet rewarding stage. That cliché about kids growing up too fast is true, isn't it? Thank you for visiting!Delete
Ooo all of your books look great! Vera Wong and Killers of a Certain Age are on my list!ReplyDelete
Erin - I enjoyed Killers of a Certain Age and hope we both enjoy the Vera Wong book! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I'm so glad you're enjoying Killers of a Certain Age! I absolutely loved Vera Wong but you may want to put a book or two in between Killers and it as that may be a bit too many quirky older main characters. Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Katherine - I will keep that in mind about maybe spacing out Killers of a Certain Age and Vera Wong. I can see why that might be a bit much back to back. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Vera Wong sounds very delightful - like it will be a fun read! Killers of a certain age also sounds fun - these books sound like they are good complements to Thursday Detection Club books :pReplyDelete
Eustacia - I really must try the Thursday Murder Club books from the sounds of it! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I really liked Tom Hanks in A Man Called Otto! I thought it was a very well done movie, though I haven't read the original book. And Vera Wong sounds like a very fun book with a quirky main character. It's on my TBR list, too. :DReplyDelete
Lark - I hope you read A Man Called Ove if you get the chance. The movie versions are good, but the book is better. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I look forward to your thoughts on Killers of a Certain Age as I'm curious with this one. Those four books on your list sound good to me. I wouldn't know what to choose but I think I'm leaning towards Vera Wong and Playing It Safe. ;)ReplyDelete
Melody - I am especially looking forward to both Playing It Safe and Vera Wong. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Homeowners association? Oh no. I've heard nothing but bad things about homeowners associations.ReplyDelete
Mary - At least ours isn't expensive like some others are. I wish there were more perks though. Ours is pretty lame. Thanks for visiting!Delete