Jul 05, 12
Read in July, 2012
Woodson explores a girl's fall into meth addiction using both lyrical prose and a timeline that jerks and shifts. The contrast is affecting. While Laurel grieves the deaths of her mother and grandmother during the Katrina catastrophe, she dates a boy who lets her try meth. Woodson writes poetically of the drug's displacement of unwanted feelings while at the same time it jolts Laurel's life into a hurricane of its own.
As a reader I felt some frustration at the lack of depth given to supporting characters. I understand Laurel cared only about her next high - the people around her mattered to the degree that they aided or hindered her addiction. The story was Laurel's so there is logic in letting us see nothing but the exteriors of secondary players. Still, they seemed interesting and I'd have liked more about them.