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Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
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May 23, 2012

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WHen Hurricane Katrina hits her home town of Pass Christian, Laurel loses her mother and grandmother. Her father takes her and her brother to stay in a land-locked town. Things are promising at first, but then a good-looking boy gives her a taste of meth, and her downfall is assured. It is a long way down, and at the end we can't be sure that she will make it back up again to stay in spite of the support she gets from a good rehab program and her father. I don't know enough about meth to tell whether Laurel's experiences and voice are authentic. As usual, Woodson's prose is compelling; but the connections between the events of Katrina and Laurel's addiction seem forced.

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