Title: The Waking Moon
Author: T.J. McGuinn (Wattpad – @tjmcguinn)
Genre: Teen Fiction, Romance
Paulette’s life is in shambles. Her sister is dead, her mother is a drunk, and she’s been forced to transfer into a chaotic public school full of bullies. Things go from bad to worse when, one night while driving them home from dinner, her intoxicated mother hits and kills a teenage boy and is sent to jail. Now Paulette is truly alone. But when the teenage boy mysteriously comes back from the dead looking for Paulette, she finds herself face to face with the purest love on earth.
This is yet another one of those Wattpad books that I have had endlessly waiting to be read in my library queue. After finishing this book, over the period of just a couple insomniac nights, (I may add) I am disappointed in myself that I hadn’t read it sooner. This book was surprisingly really good. I was impressed with the author. The Preface is captivating. Immediately the opening address in the first line caught my attention and held it through all 39 chapters! In fact, as I was nearing the end, around chapter 36, I found myself checking again to see how many chapters the author allotted to wrap up this fantasy.
The Waking Moon, although listed only under YA Romance Genre, encompasses so much more. I found this story really touching. I connected to the characters, their quirks, personalities, shortfalls, fears and emotions. Even though I personally feel strong disgust towards individuals who choose to drink and drive, I was almost surprised to feel as much empathy as I did for Paulette’s mom, who is guilty of the intolerable act. The story is more complex than the quick synopsis above describes. McGuinn describes an alternate realm of an afterlife scenario that I hadn’t begun to conceptualize.
As a fellow introvert, I felt I understood Paulette (Paulie). As a mom of young adults, I just really wanted to hug her and help her deal with the heavy circumstances in her life. As the story unfolds other imperative characters are introduced and as we discover the heavy circumstances also in their lives, I find myself wanting to hug them too and well, I just wanted to take them all in!
I have confessed previously that I am any easy crier. I will admit it once again…the ending of this book also invoked my eyes to leak and my nose to stuff. I won’t give away spoilers because I encourage others to also read it. It was worth while fiction that addressed serious topics. T.J. McGuinn’s story included some undoubtedly sobering ideas, but she integrated them smoothly amidst the commotion surrounding her characters. She brought the story full circle, joining THE END back to that captivating Preface!