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An Arrow to the Moon

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Chinese myth and star-crossed lovers mix in magical fantasy.

Book cover: An Arrow to the Moon, by Emily X. R. Pan

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Myth, magic, and adults behaving badly come together in Emily X.R Pan's evocative tale of star-crossed teen love amid disturbances in the universe. An Arrow to the Moon finds high-school seniors falling hard for each other, grappling with forces they don't control, and worrying about the future -- all of which seems somehow tied up with an ill-fated love story involving a Chinese moon goddess and an elixir of eternal life. Readers may find themselves as confused and overwhelmed as the protagonists here and there, but amid the gangsters and cosmic upheaval, there are lots of thrills, and also relatable moments, as here, as Luna feels a sense of disconnect from the "perfect" future her loving parents have all worked out for her:

"She worked hard at everything she did, of course. She was 'meticulous and high achieving,' as her teachers wrote in the comments section of her report card beneath the column of As.

"Really, she wanted ... something different. She wanted to be the type of person who took charge of her own life and went off on epic journeys. Someone who did daring, unexpected things. Why couldn't some mage appear, like in the fantasy stories -- a sorcerer summoning her to become her true self?"

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