Serious Moonlight

Serious Moonlight

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cult...

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Title:Serious Moonlight
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Serious Moonlight Reviews

  • Candace Robinson

    Jenn Bennett has been my favorite YA contemporary author for a while now, and this book just kept her position at the top! A boy that likes street magic and a girl that wears flowers in her hair made my eyes fill with hearts.

    At first, I must admit, I was annoyed with Birdie. But she grew up rather sheltered, so her personality fit with that. As the book went on, she really grew as a character, and I started to like her. Daniel was just a bucket full of sunshine and sweetness, and yes there's a s

    Jenn Bennett has been my favorite YA contemporary author for a while now, and this book just kept her position at the top! A boy that likes street magic and a girl that wears flowers in her hair made my eyes fill with hearts.

    At first, I must admit, I was annoyed with Birdie. But she grew up rather sheltered, so her personality fit with that. As the book went on, she really grew as a character, and I started to like her. Daniel was just a bucket full of sunshine and sweetness, and yes there's a secret hidden there, but it made me love his character even more.

    Bennett knows how to write character driven stories and she knows how to breathe life into every single one of her side characters, too. No one ever feels like they are there for no reason. Always a purpose. Plus, we also get quirkiness and swoon which I love! Can't wait to read the author's next book! 

  • Warda

    Jenn Bennett nailed it for me. I've loved and read her other contemporary books, but Serious Moonlight has to be my favourite out of the lot.

    It was a GD dream and treat to read.

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    Weekend read sorted!

    I just received this through the mail and I couldn't be happier! I love contemporaries. Jenn Bennett is up there as one of my favs!

  • Julie Zantopoulos

    NOTE: My love of this book may be swayed by the fact that Bowie is mentioned several times, once in relation to Labyrinth and his bulge...which is everything. Seriously, Bennett is the Queen of subtle amazing pop culture drops!

    I adore Jenn Bennett's contemporary novels for so many reasons but a few are that they're always sex-positive and diverse and this novel is no different. Birdie and Dan are precious and I want nothing but the happiest of futures for these two kids.

    Birdie is a girl who is

    NOTE: My love of this book may be swayed by the fact that Bowie is mentioned several times, once in relation to Labyrinth and his bulge...which is everything. Seriously, Bennett is the Queen of subtle amazing pop culture drops!

    I adore Jenn Bennett's contemporary novels for so many reasons but a few are that they're always sex-positive and diverse and this novel is no different. Birdie and Dan are precious and I want nothing but the happiest of futures for these two kids.

    Birdie is a girl who is in love with mysteries and solving them, who has been home-schooled by her late Grandmother and lives with her narcoleptic grandfather because her mother passed away eight years ago. She's got a mother figure and badass feminist role model in her mom's best friend Mona, and together the trio makes the most of what life has handed them. So when Birdie throws caution to the wind and has a one-night stand with a handsome boy she meets at her favorite diner, she panics a bit. Nothing prepares her for showing up to her new job only to see her mystery guy there.

    The antics that ensue from there are genuinely adorable. Daniel is a kind, compassionate, and very self-aware kid with a troubled past of his own living in a commune and indulging in his passion for magic and for Birdie. Their romance comes with a lot of seriously open communication about abandonment, the fear of being left behind, and insecurities about being able to handle one another's baggage. They each never met their fathers, they each understand what it's like to be left, lost, and feel unwanted or unworthy. Dan and Birdie are heartwarmingly flawed and wonderful and I loved reading about their discovery of themselves and one another.

    Did I mention that our MC may or may not have narcolepsy passed on from her grandfather but is afraid to go to the doctor to confirm or deny this suspicion? That our main love interest is mixed race (half Japanese and half white) and also deaf in one ear? Did I mention that i love and adore them both?

    Again, Jenn Bennett delivers a fantastic message about the value of self-care, health, and wellness (both physical and mental), sex, relationships, and family. She will forever be one of my favorite contemporary authors and she hit another one out of the park with this novel.

    Trigger warnings: Death of a parent, health problems (narcolepsy & episodes related to prior), suicide attempts, depression, abandonment by a parent, loss of pregnancy, and grieving.

  • may ❀

    jenn bennett is one of my top contemporary writing queens. she writes characters with so much depth and still maintains this super cute narrative throughout the entire book

    this whole book is

    . daniel, the love interest, is an absolute babe. he's so soft and sweet and funny and kind I just love him so much. the conversations and banter between the characters are so seamless and realistic.

    also the conversations they had got really deep and i

    jenn bennett is one of my top contemporary writing queens. she writes characters with so much depth and still maintains this super cute narrative throughout the entire book

    this whole book is

    . daniel, the love interest, is an absolute babe. he's so soft and sweet and funny and kind I just love him so much. the conversations and banter between the characters are so seamless and realistic.

    also the conversations they had got really deep and i thought it was SUCH a great show of communication and honesty.

    effing rude that boys like daniel dont exist in real life

    (and just bc i loved it so much and was so sad that it ended, i made this little moodboard)

    OKAY but it's not all cute and fluff, there's this really interesting mystery/detective aspect of the plot and i thought it was GENIUS, definitely took a turn that i wasn't expecting, though i had my suspicions

    (and the dynamic that birdie & daniel have feel SO MUCH like thomas and audrey from

    fdjkafkahfdkdja

    )

    there were moments where the romantic plot took over and the mystery was REALLY put on hold and i probably would have enjoyedddddd it more if both were taking place at the same time (am i making sense)

    the setting is the most adorable thing in the world. they WORK AT A HOTEL TOGETHER and they met and still hang out at this cute little café, basically, Precious

    there's A LOT of talk about PIE and honestly, does a book that features PIE sound like it's going to disappoint you??? absolutely not

    their respective families were amazing too. aunt mona is an eccentric queen and i love her sm (even if some of her choices are very questionable). and the aoki family is just everything from wild to proper but so so so caring :( so sweet :(

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    i

    want to put this off for a bit longer bc i KNOW i'm going to love it and im going to be so sad when it's finished (basically my feelings every time i read a jenn bennett book)

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Finally got around to finishing this one and it was cute! Definitely not my favorite of Jenn Bennett's books, but the Seattle setting had my heart. Also Daniel. What a CUTIE.

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    This cute YA read is now published in the UK/IRL

    *****

    I had to hold off on publishing this review or even my rating because Gabby would've shot me if I had at all told her the tiniest reaction to this book... but luckily she got her butt in gear and read it this weekend so I am now at liberty to say that this is one squishy book of cuteness. I was craving a feel good novel and this 100% hit the spot.

    (NOTE: Gabby also read this as an eARC from NetGalley and you can

    to read her review.

    This cute YA read is now published in the UK/IRL

    *****

    I had to hold off on publishing this review or even my rating because Gabby would've shot me if I had at all told her the tiniest reaction to this book... but luckily she got her butt in gear and read it this weekend so I am now at liberty to say that this is one squishy book of cuteness. I was craving a feel good novel and this 100% hit the spot.

    (NOTE: Gabby also read this as an eARC from NetGalley and you can

    to read her review. It is far more *feels* laden than mine!)

    The story follows 18 year old Birdie who lives in Seattle with her grandfather. Birdie lost her mom at the age of 10 and is now coming to terms with the recent death of her grandmother. In to the mix of all these emotions of grief and loss comes a boy, 19 year old Daniel who Birdie has an immediate connection with... But then she freaks out and doesn't know what she wants or if she even likes Daniel at all. The story then follows Birdie as she tries to figure out just exactly who she is and what she wants from life.

    I loved this book. There was a lot of daftness with the plot at times, especially when Birdie and Daniel took up their mystery case and became young sleuths akin to Nancy Drew.... but it somehow worked! I mean I *could* be biased because I grew up on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and very much idolised the teen sleuth in my younger years....

    But what was also nice is that for a cute and fluffy romantic book there was a surprising amount of depth to the leading characters. I liked that both Birdie and Daniel both brought emotional baggage to their relationship that felt genuine and not just there for the sake of story. I didn't see Daniel's storyline coming at all and I must confess to shedding a few tears as he revealed more of his past life to Birdie.

    The book is also fantastically sex positive which is definitely something Jenn Bennett has always rocked at. And the story really highlights the influence of a support structure be it family or otherwise in a teen's (or indeed adult's) life which is so great for YA as frequently familial support structures seem to be conveniently absent for ease of plot. My one gripe was the characterisation of Aunt Mona. At times I just found her to be a little bit overdone with her *quirkiness*... One too many stereotypes for my taste?? But by the end of the book I found myself developing a soft spot for her!

    So overall this was a super cute YA read and really made me feel warm and gooey. After the disappointment I felt after reading 'Starry Eyes' I'm so happy to say that Jenn Bennett is back on form and this has definitely become my favourite book by her. It's got all the sweetness of Alex Approximately and Night Owls but with much more authentic characters.

    Three and a half to four stars

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Is there anything better than a Jenn Bennett book with all her quirky characters, irresistible friendships, and swoon worthy romances?

    There might be but you will be hard pressed to find them!

    I adore Jenn's book, I mean, honestly, who doesn't that has tried them? They are so much fun. They are real, raw, and so very very addicting.

    And as weird as it may sound, I love that in all of them, there is always a very strong adult presence. Whether a parent, guardian, loved one, someone. You don't find

    Is there anything better than a Jenn Bennett book with all her quirky characters, irresistible friendships, and swoon worthy romances?

    There might be but you will be hard pressed to find them!

    I adore Jenn's book, I mean, honestly, who doesn't that has tried them? They are so much fun. They are real, raw, and so very very addicting.

    And as weird as it may sound, I love that in all of them, there is always a very strong adult presence. Whether a parent, guardian, loved one, someone. You don't find that very often in YA period and I love that her's are always there, cheering her characters on, supporting them and most of all, just being there, involved in their lives.

    This was such a cute and fun read. Filled with mystery, a sweet romance, and some very real, very tough social, emotional, and even physical issues and I loved it for it.

    Once again Jenn shows why she writes so well in this genre. Why her books stand out and why they are ones I will always be auto buying.

    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • jessica

    i have a couple of auto-read authors when it comes to contemporary fiction and jenn bennett is on that list. and although this isnt my favourite book of hers, this story still has many of things i love about the genre and how bennett writes it.

    first, massive shout out for daniel being portrayed as a charming, geeky, goofball and not some popular football player, like so many other books. he was a breath of fresh air! and i love how natural and organic his relationship with birdie is. and the ba

    i have a couple of auto-read authors when it comes to contemporary fiction and jenn bennett is on that list. and although this isnt my favourite book of hers, this story still has many of things i love about the genre and how bennett writes it.

    first, massive shout out for daniel being portrayed as a charming, geeky, goofball and not some popular football player, like so many other books. he was a breath of fresh air! and i love how natural and organic his relationship with birdie is. and the banter between the two is off the charts! i wish i was quick-witted enough to come up with some of things these two say!

    second, good writing plays into may different things. the storytelling, the tone, the pacing. all of which are great in this and i couldnt ask for anything more. i just wasnt a fan of the plot itself. it just wasnt something i could get into, but that is just a personal preference and has nothing to do with how the the story is told.

    overall, this is a sweet, fun, and swoon-worthy story. classic jenn bennett!

  • arini

    hey everyone meet my new boyfriend!!

    his name is daniel aoki. he's 19, and he works the graveyard shift as a hotel van driver. he's gregarious, distractingly good looking, has an excellent smile, and knows lots of card tricks. oh did i mention he's really good at carpentry too? and the best part is he makes an awesome sleuthing partner!!

    so how did i manage to find myself a perfect boyfriend like him? well, you are staring right back at the answer!!

    i cannot tell you how much of a delight reading

    hey everyone meet my new boyfriend!!

    his name is daniel aoki. he's 19, and he works the graveyard shift as a hotel van driver. he's gregarious, distractingly good looking, has an excellent smile, and knows lots of card tricks. oh did i mention he's really good at carpentry too? and the best part is he makes an awesome sleuthing partner!!

    so how did i manage to find myself a perfect boyfriend like him? well, you are staring right back at the answer!!

    i cannot tell you how much of a delight reading this book had been. i don't remember being this elated when i was reading jenn bennett's other books. everything about this book was just right how i wanted it to be.

    i may not have experienced grief as profound as

    , but i did feel connected to her on some other level. she's

    and likes to stay in her comfort zone. and just like me, birdie also has the biggest impulse to take

    instead of fight when confronted with any sort of troubles. now this might make her sound boring, but she has other things that prove she's rather interesting. for one, she loves solving mysteries and is very inquisitive. i really loved this about her.

    on the other hand, is really

    . i mean, he's different from the typical ya hero we are so used to getting. i really liked all the other supporting characters as well.

    i hadn't expected the plot to get all mushy, but oh wow i really appreciated all the heavy stuff this book was trying to address. i loved the mystery, birdie and daniel's relationship, the family drama, the friendship, the plot twists that i honestly didn't quite see coming. the writing was spotless. it really helped with me getting deeply immersed into the story.

    if you fancy yourself some swoony contemporary reads that also have a lot of depth to them, i highly recommend you check this one out!! i'm really excited to see what's next from this author.

    (4.5)

  • Hollis

    It breaks my heart to rate this so low (why I always feel more guilty over three stars vs two I don't know..) but I just didn't love this the way I've loved Bennett's books in the past.

    There's a lot of brilliant diversity and representation in SERIOUS MOONLIGHT and this author is always including such fabulous dialogue surrounding safe & consensual sex-positivity content but.. I didn't really love the plot (mystery surrounding the identity of a crime writer) and I kind of saw a few things c

    It breaks my heart to rate this so low (why I always feel more guilty over three stars vs two I don't know..) but I just didn't love this the way I've loved Bennett's books in the past.

    There's a lot of brilliant diversity and representation in SERIOUS MOONLIGHT and this author is always including such fabulous dialogue surrounding safe & consensual sex-positivity content but.. I didn't really love the plot (mystery surrounding the identity of a crime writer) and I kind of saw a few things coming that the MC, a sorta

    -esque character didn't, and additionally I'm not sure I liked any of the characters?

    I loved the idea of our love interest, I felt for some of Birdie's struggles and adjustments and emotional hang-ups, but.. I never lost myself in this one. It wasn't as funny, not hardly as swoony, and unfortunately the ending felt kind of rushed. There were definitely sweet moments and I was never bored or annoyed or anything. It was just.. fine.

    The best part of this read, however, is that it's made me want to reread ALEX, APPROXIMATELY

    STARRY EYES. And kinda makes me want to award extra stars to the latter. And maybe I will!

    My feelings about this upcoming release aside, however, don't change the fact that I will a) be forever excited about whatever this author puts out and b) read all aforementioned things this author puts out. I love her quirky characters and her banter. This one just didn't quite stick the landing the way the others have.

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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