In Purple Moon, Selena’s life is not what she dreamt as a young girl; that fairy tale ended when she and her mom stopped living with her dad. As a result, she has fallen away from her relationship with God. When her mother goes into rehab and Selena is sent to live with her relatives over the summer, Selena tries to give up her personal bad habits (smoking and drinking). She rediscovers her talents in the arts, as she faces the wounds in her past and accepts the healing God has for her, opening her to new opportunities.
Tessa Emily Hall is a new voice in young adult literature, one worth watching. Readers will be drawn into the story of this imperfect but likeable teen. The faith element is strong: her teen neighbor is a strong Christian and Selena’s own faith struggles are evident. Scripture verses are scattered throughout. Hall’s debut novel is a story of courage in the midst of troubling circumstances. Her voice is honest which will resonate with her teen readers. Yet it is still a message of hope and redemption underlying the story when Selena realizes her life is a fairy tale — just not the one she wrote for herself.
Purple Moon was a Selah Award finalist (Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers’ Conference, First Novel & Young Adult categories, 2014). Discussion questions are also included, making this a welcome suggestion for teen book clubs.
Recommended for church and school libraries, and teen collections in public libraries.