An Arrow to the Moon

Narrated by Natalie Naudus; Shawn K. Jain; David Shih
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Pub Date 12 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 11 Apr 2022
Hachette Audio, Little, Brown Young Readers

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Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology in this magical novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After.

Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong. He’s sick of being haunted by his family’s past mistakes. The only things keeping him from running away are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and the bewitching girl at his new high school.

Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling. When she begins to break the rules, she finds her life upended by the strange new boy in her class, the arrival of unearthly fireflies, and an ominous crack spreading across the town of Fairbridge.

As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love…but time is running out, and fate will have its way. 
An Arrow to the Moon, Emily X.R. Pan’s brilliant and ethereal follow-up to The Astonishing Color of After, is a story about family, love, and the magic and mystery of the moon that connects us all. 
Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology in this magical novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After.

Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else...

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Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by NetGalley, Hachette Audio, and Little, Brown Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.

Take one part Romeo & Juliet retelling and mix it with one part Chinese mythology and add a sprinkling of a realistic teen romance and you get AN ARROW TO THE MOON. This novel is gorgeous and was such an enjoyable reading experience. When the audiobook ended, I wanted to immediately go back and start it all over again.

The meeting, befriending, and falling for each other between Luna and Hunter was so real and honest (especially the navigating the physical aspects of a relationship). The magic made sense and was so interesting and added a little something extra to the narrative. The parents aren't evil but they are complex and flawed and make mistakes in the name of trying to set their children up to have a better life than they could ever hope for for themselves. The rivalry between the families was messy and real. I also think it was important that space was given for the complexity of Taiwanese identity and that not everyone in this novel shares the same opinion on it.

In most YA novels, readers only hear from the teen characters. But I think it was such a brilliant decision by Pan to have chapters from the adults' points of view as well. AN ARROW TO THE MOON has layers and depth and is one of those books that will reveal more each time you read it. This is so much more than just a retelling of Romeo & Juliet.

Natalie Naudus, Shawn K. Jain, and David Shih do a great job with the audiobook narration.

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