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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
While his mom was driving Evan and his sister, Marya, to school, Marya caught him looking at hardcore porn and told their mom about it. Instead of feeling guilty or ashamed, he made everything worse with comments that called for immediate action. Without telling either of the kids, their mom planned a special trip to Andalucia, Spain. On reaching Arcadia, "the self-sustaining eco-community", Evan was beside himself with anger. Almost non-existent WiFi added fuel to the fire. Arcadia was filled with many other people who appeared very different and open-minded. As they began introducing themselves, Marya became more perplexed than ever. She wondered if they were in for sex education? The Whole of The Moon: Don't All Teenagers Watch Porn? by Anna Perera begins with Evan's addiction to hardcore porn, and then goes on to discuss the sickening effects of porn on society. Worried about the changed personality of her sweet younger brother, Marya does not know how to help him. However, Marya has her own demons to fight. Her secret that weighs heavily on her heart intrigues readers to keep on reading.
Along with Evan's issues, Anna Perera has included some mind-blowing aspects of life to the story. The alternative lifestyle of Arcadia opens up the minds of the characters. Although the primary goal of The Whole of The Moon is to spread awareness about porn's disturbing effects, the book remains far from monotonous. Anna Perera is a remarkable storyteller. Even though she keeps the tone of the book playful, she manages to touch the soul of her audience. The porn industry that strikes one as a harmless billion-dollar industry is actually built upon many gut-wrenching stories. The Whole of The Moon: Don't All Teenagers Watch Porn? by Anna Perera shares the horror behind this industry in a very engaging manner.