ARC provided by Simon Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Serious Moonlight
Author: Jenn Bennett
Edition/Pages: Ebook, 432 pages
This story follows Birdie, a mystery-loving teen who just got her first job working the graveyard shift at a hotel in downtown Seattle. She meets Daniel, the hotel’s shuttle driver, and the two have an instant connection. They team up to solve a mystery and grow closer, but Daniel has secrets and Birdie is scared to let her guard down.
This is a YA, contemporary romance told from Bridie’s point of view. It follows her romance with Daniel, her struggles with narcolepsy, and her learning to find her way in a world her Grandmother isolated her from for years.
This book has narcolepsy representation which was really interesting to read about! However I can’t comment on the accuracy as I’ve never read anything about narcolepsy.
Content warnings: Narcolepsy, depression, attempted suicide, death of a parent
What I Liked
- Birdie and Daniel’s relationship was really sweet. I definitely found myself “aw-ing” through a lot of the second half. They both – but especially Birdie – have huge character growth throughout the book. And they way they come together is really heartwarming.
- This book is fantastically sex-positive.
- I really appreciated the unconventional but healthy depictions of home and family. Birdie was raised by her “aunt” and grandparents and Daniel lives in communal housing with his mom and grandparents.
- Mona was a quirky, fun side character. She definitely danced to the beat of her own drum, but she was also a good role model and support system for Birdie.
What I Didn’t Like
- My main issue with this was the pacing. This book was way too long in my opinion (over 400 pages) and took on a few too many things – romance, family, physical & mental health concerns, mystery, etc. There were times the story dragged or felt like it was repeating – ie. Birdie and Daniel seemed to get into the same argument a few too many times.
Overall this was a really sweet, diverse contemporary. I definitely recommend this for anyone who loves contemporary romance!