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Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
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Jul 28, 12

bookshelves: depression, disasters, families, friendship, homelessness, ncbla2013
Read in January, 2012

Losses can sideswipe us even years after they occur. Even as we mourn the loss of loved ones and start to recover, we still miss them, often in unexpected ways. This deeply affecting novel deals with losses on several levels. It grabs readers' attention immediately with the main character still struggling with her addiction to meth. Laurel Daneau has moved with her family from Pass Christian, Mississippi to a small town in Iowa where she continues to heal after the devastating loss of her mother and grandmother during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As she starts to find a place in her new community, she becomes a cheerleader and meets T-Boom, a basketball player who introduces her to meth. Laurel quickly comes to depend on the feeling that meth--she calls it moon--gives her, and she gives up everything for it. Quickly, she lands on the street, begging for change and sleeping in an abandoned warehouse. But Laurel is lucky. Even worse fates could have awaited her, but because of her own family and friends, and new friends she meets while begging, as well as the voices of her mother and grandmother, she is able to avoid death and further degradation. As is often the case with Woodson's books, this title is filled with lyrical passages and hope. While Laurel seems on the road to recovery, the lure of the thing she craves could cause her to leave the healthy life once again.
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