Oct 18, 12
Read in October, 2012
Beneath a Meth Moon was a very quick read. Although this is through the perspective of Laurel--a girl who has had a rough time during her adolescent years--the book provides a perspective on what a math addict faces. Laurel has had everything taken away from her in a short period of time. First she has to leave her home she grew up in because a "storm" was coming. Laurel's grandmother wanted to stay through it so Laurel's mother stayed behind to be company to the grandma. Come to find out this storm was Hurricane Katrina and while Laurel, her brother (Jesse Jr), and father went to visit her aunt's house the mother and grandmother had been wiped out by the storm.
Laurel's transition moved away from her aunt's and met a girl named Kaylee. Kaylee and Laurel became best friends and Kaylee introduced Laurel to cheer-leading. This is where she met her boyfriend T-boom who influenced Laurel to start taking meth. Laurel gets in too deep and is on the streets without any of her family there. As she begs for money (for drugs) a boy named Moses encounters her and brings her back to life.
The writing style is very different. Woodson has the book written as if a meth addict was writing these thoughts down. The chapters are very scattered and choppy, she will often jump around or be unclear about what happened. Each chapter does not go in sequence so the reader has to keep reading in order to piece the puzzle and plot together.
I enjoyed this book because it was enlightening to me. I learned a lot about meth that I did not know before and it was a realization for what a person goes through in order to enter the recovery process. This book would be useful in a high school classroom because it would show students what peer pressure can do to someone. It shows how intensely one decision could turn your whole life around.