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Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
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Jan 30, 12

bookshelves: 2012, ya-lit-realistic-fiction
Recommended to Amanda by: ARC from ALA
Read from January 27 to 29, 2012 — I own a copy

I was disapointed by this book because it jumps around so much. Laurel is struggling to make sense of the loss of her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina and starting a new life years later in Iowa. She makes the cheerleading squad and starts dating the star basketball player who introduces her to "the moon"--meth. This book tries to follow Laurel's spiral into addiction while constantly jumping back to show glimpses of her past. The story jumps around from before Katrina, the two years in Jackson after Katrina, her life in Iowa before the moon, during and after. It was a struggle for me to follow all the flashbacks and disrupted the flow of the novel. The story itself is a sad one but I never really connected with Laurel and did not completely understand her out of control behavior. A short read to give to students wanting an Ellen Hopkins readalike but not as powerful as Hopkins.
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Mariama i am sorry to say that i dont assent with you i dont read much but the moment i picked this book up i just couldnt put it down. laurel is the narrator shes an addict she does things that doesnt make since and what i am triying to explain is that the book wants you to feel what addits are going through. laurel does things without thinking. she ran away and didnt even have the right explanation for it the book makes since takes you into the minds of addicts and what they do doesnt make since.


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