Book Review: When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

When The Moon Was Ours starts like a fairy tale, the story of a girl who fell from the water tower who grew roses from her wrist and fell in love with a bacha posh who hung moons from the trees.

Miel grows roses from her wrists, is afraid of pumpkins, and helps her guardian cure lovesickness with spells. Samir is a bacha posh (a girl who becomes a boy until he becomes a girl again) who must come to terms with the fact that he is not a bacha posh at all but a trans boy. The two of them have been slowly falling in love since Miel fell from the water tower and now that they’ve begun a relationship, things are starting to fall apart.

The pumpkins are turning to glass, the Bonner sisters have their sights on Miel’s roses, and everyone’s secrets are being revealed.

Seriously, this book is one of my absolute favorites and I felt like my heart was soaring the entire time I was reading it. I loved that Sam had a sort of middle ground to come to terms with his transness and that his mother and Miel and her guardian went to such lengths to protect and support him. I absolutely adore trans narratives with supportive family and friends.

The magical aspects were so well crafted and the language was so lyrical that you just sink into their reality and get so invested that your heart breaks having to read the last page because then it’s over and you can never read it for the first time again.

Highly recommended.

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