Girls in the Moon
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Girls in the Moon


An exquisitely told, authentic YA debut about family secrets, the shadow of fame, and finding your own way.

Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago.

But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, Phoebe’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and Kieran’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her family’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future.

Title:Girls in the Moon
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

    Girls in the Moon Reviews

  • Maxwell
    Jan 26, 2017

    You know that feeling when you really want to love something, but then your experience turns out to be more like 'okay'? This book was that for me. It has all the fixings of a book I'd really enjoy: l...

  • Emily
    Mar 24, 2016

    A literary, complex, and warmwarmwarm coming-of-age story.I had high expectations for this book and they were all beautifully met. This book is a snapshot of several moments in time, connecting a sign...

  • Kali Wallace
    Feb 04, 2016

    This is such a beautiful book! It's the story of a family told past and present, from the points of view of both a daughter and a mother, It's like being invited to spend one dreamy, lyrical week with...

  • Jennifer
    Feb 04, 2016

    Absolutely gorgeous, stunning and moving. A book about sisters and families - the way we come together and the ways we fall apart. A love story about all different kinds of love. The love of family. A...

  • Laurie Flynn
    Jan 04, 2016

    Warning: I’m writing this review under the influence of a massive book hangover. I’m in that dreamy, gauzy state where my head is still in the pages I just read, full of their beauty and wonder. A...

  • Ashley Blake
    Jan 03, 2016

    This book was so magical and so...New York. It felt like a beautiful, more romantic ALMOST FAMOUS. I absolutely loved McNally's writing and this sister-mother-daughter story was just what my heart wan...

  • Sarah
    Oct 03, 2016

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Secrets, my mother told me once, and just stories turned inside out.” ...

  • Jeff Zentner
    Aug 05, 2016

    This is an absolutely gorgeous, lyrical exploration of family, love, and art. It manages to be page turny without ever resorting to any gimmick; just compulsively readable characters with achingly rea...

  • Riley Redgate
    Apr 03, 2016

    Janet McNally's poetic voice is put beautifully on display in this heartfelt, incisive book. Simultaneously wistful and energetic, GIRLS IN THE MOON has a tight lens on family and what it means to com...

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    May 05, 2016

    Holy balls! Girls in the Moon rocks! After I read the first chapter I had to stop to think how I was already in love with this book. Everything was perfect. Writing was phenomenal. Characters were rel...

About Janet McNally

Janet McNally

Though her family is not rock and roll royalty, Janet McNally has always liked boys in bands. (She even married one.) She has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and her stories and poems have been published widely in magazines. She has twice been a fiction fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Janet lives in Buffalo with her husband and three little girls, in a house full of rec