Under The Dusty Moon is about a sixteen-year-old, Victoria Mahler, who is the daughter of rocker Micky Wayne from the band Dusty Moon. The band broke up and after years of being off the road and focusing on being a mother, Micky's solo career is finally beginning to pick up.
Victoria, the protagonist, appeared to be an inconsiderate, selfish, and generally unlikable character. She often complained about everything and anything that involved her mother, was often times rude to her best friend. To give her credit, Victoria did notice that she was neglecting her friend but never did anything to change this.
I felt like Victoria was always trying to find a way to make her mother look bad. Micky is out there trying to make money to support both herself and her daughter and all Victoria can do is complain. Don't get me wrong Mickey Wayne is not mother of the year, letting her daughter take alcohol is not being a good mother, but she is still trying her best.
An issue I had with Under The Dusty Moon would have to be the celebrity status of Mickey Wayne. With the amount of fans and stories of huge shows, I was surprised that not that many people seemed to recognize neither Victoria or Mickey. I understand that Suzanne Sutherland, the author, tried to explain this by stating that they were more of an underground band but if word spread, which it usually does, than wouldn't Vic's classmates find out. To me it just did not seem to be able to cover up everything.
The blurb and the cover were both captivating and alluring. However, I felt that the novel did not reach it's full potential. The romance in this novel was a little bit of a let down, it seemed rather boring at times. I was also hoping that the ending would pop out more, involving both Victoria's father and the big concert, but in the end I didn't learn as much as I would have liked to have learned. Basically none of the characters in this novel changed, they were the exact same in the end as they were in the beginning. Nothing changed, there was no revelations, reflections, or even plot twists. In the end, it left me with a lot of questions.
Summary from Goodreads:
She's with the band, whether she likes it or not.
Victoria Mahler is the sixteen-year-old only daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, whose band, Dusty Moon, took the world by storm when Micky was just a teenager. The band broke up under mysterious circumstances, but, after years spent off the road being a mom, Micky’s solo career is finally starting to take off.
When an offer to tour Japan falls into her mom’s lap, Vic is left to spend the summer under the care of her distant grandmother, and without her built-in best friend. Fortunately, a boy with a secret geek side and a group of feminist game-makers save the season, and Vic starts to see herself as her own person, out from under her mother’s shadow.
But when Micky finally comes home — with a poorly chosen boyfriend in tow — all bets are off. Will Vic be able to maintain her newfound sense of self amidst the building thunder of Micky’s second chance at stardom? And through it all, will Micky still really be her best friend?
ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Dundurn, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author:
Suzanne Sutherland is a writer for children and teens. Her first novel, When We Were Good, was a finalist for the inaugural Speaker's Young Authors Award and was selected for the American Library Association's Rainbow List. She is also the author of Something Wiki and Under the Dusty Moon, which is forthcoming in January 2016. She is the co-founder of the Toronto Zine Library, and works in children's publishing. She lives in Toronto.