‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ by Siobhan Curham .
Publisher: Walker Books.
Published: July 7th 2016.
Page Count: 352 pages.
Genre: YA Contemporary.
“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
Amber, Rose, Sky, and Maali may be very different, but they all have one thing in common: they’re fed up with being told how to look, what to think and how to act.
They’re not like everyone else and they don’t want to be.
Becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves.
Firstly, a huge thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending us a gorgeous copy of ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ to review.
The Moonlight Dreamers takes place around Brick Lane which is located in London. The four main characters; Amber, Rose, Sky, and Maali are all unique, different and find it extremely hard to be themselves. This helps add to this beautiful and heart-warming story. Amber struggles with a dreadful school experience due to the bullies at her school as well as feeling conflicted whilst trying to connect to one of her two dads. Rose, is sick and tired of her mom forcing her into a life she doesn’t want to live. She also has the problem of her boyfriend pressuring her into something she isn’t ready for; she feels helpless and alone. Sky, misses her mom dearly who passed away five years ago. She tries to find her confidence to perform her intriguing poems in a poetry slam. Sweet and quiet, Maali is trying to work towards building the courage to communicate with boys or in particular a boy called Ash.
We loved how the author created characters with different struggles. Siobhan Curham really shows us that opposites are drawn to each other, and that diversity is definitely important in friendships. We should absolutely be seeing more of the same diversity in more Young Adult fiction.
The story was focused on the main themes of friendship, family relationships, finding our own identities and looking for the smaller things in life that truly make us happy. It was definitely a surprise that we loved how the plot wasn’t related around romance. We loved how the author didn’t focus on this aspect as the love for friendship brightly shone through as we constantly flipped through the pages. We would have loved for there to have been a greater and more dramatic complication. However, Curham did a truly magnificent job at portraying each of the girls stories without making the story really bizarre and complicated!! We also absolutely adored the characters and the storyline, it was definitely entertaining.
We loved the author’s writing style!! Her immediate perspective revealed a determined sensitivity to many key issues that young men and woman face today such as body image, peer pressure, social media, friendships and working towards the things that truly make you the happiest. Portrayed in her beautifully written words are positive messages that encourage a resistance to social media and a love to find our confidence within ourselves.
The four young characters all come from diverse and cultural backgrounds. They discover sisterhood when the secret ‘Moonlight Dreamers’ club is formed. Guided by the inspiring wisdom of Oscar Wilde, the sisterhood provides each girl with a supportive and secret environment where they can be themselves and confront their issues. Guided by each other, inspiration and dreams are created.
Now encouraged to be ourselves, this book is beautiful and heart-warming!! You would never expect the power of friendship to form so strongly! We loved the ending and all the characters found the closure that they needed. We were definitely left with smiles on our faces.
We recommend this gorgeous and inspirational read to all YA readers! Especially those who are struggling with any issues in their lives.
Book Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.
Have you read ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ What were your thoughts?