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Beneath a Meth Moon

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,974 ratings  ·  856 reviews
Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she’s still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel’s new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Tashanna Edwards I love this book! I love all of Jacqueline Woodson's books! Beneath a Meth Moon is so raw and edgy. I've read it several times as it deals with…moreI love this book! I love all of Jacqueline Woodson's books! Beneath a Meth Moon is so raw and edgy. I've read it several times as it deals with substance abuse which something that I needed to research in creative fiction. (less)

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Jacqueline Woodson is a leading young adult novelist, and her books are usually autobiographical in nature and poetry in motion. Most recently, her books Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming have won multiple awards and fit the above description nicely. Under a Meth Moon is out of this comfort zone because does not appear to be autobiographical or fluid poetry. Rather, Woodson has penned the story of teenaged Laurel Daneau, a victim of Hurricane Katrina who has moved to Iowa with her family ...more
Karen Ball
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-challenge
Teaching middle school, I'm always a little edgy about ordering substance abuse related fiction. This one was a stellar purchase, though. Laurel has lost her beloved mother and grandmother who were killed during Hurricane Katrina because her grandmother refused to leave her coastal Mississippi home. Laurel's father moves the family to central Iowa, where they try to pick up the pieces. Starting a new high school is stressful enough, but Laurel seems to find a place with the cheerleading squad, h ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This left me disappointed, given the heavy topics dealt with. It was too slight. Laurel lost her mother and her grandmother in Katrina, and when she, her father, and baby brother move up north, she finds herself falling for a boy who leads her to meth.

While it was sad, I didn't feel like there was much character development, and I found the treatment of the subject matter didn't give it the sort of impact it should have had. This is a really stripped down story and Woodson writes it well, but i
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Jacqueline Woodson's YA substance abuse tale Beneath a Meth Moon--an elegy is, fortunately, not nearly as 8th-Grade-Health-class-scare-tactic-filmstrip-esque, or as elegiac, as the somewhat unfortunate title might indicate. (To be honest, if even strangely perverse, I chose this from the library after being blown away by her National Book Award-winning autobiography in verse, brown girl dreaming. I picked the title I thought I'd. least enjoy first and work my way through her {pretty extensive} b ...more
Linda Lipko
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an author who does not disappoint. An award winning Newbery and Coretta Scott King recipient, this latest book packs a wallop.

When 15 year old Laurel Daneua moves to a new area with her father and little brother after her mother and grandmother were killed in Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina, despite the incredible grief and heartache,the family valiantly tries to pick up the pieces and start again.

Finding a new friend who introduces her to meth quickly equates to a life swirling int
Mary Farrell
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fabulous book! Jacqueline Woodson is an amazing writer. This is not just a book about meth addiction. This is not just a book about the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. The author combines them both with breathtaking writing. I highly recommend it!
I've been seeking out some titles that might appeal to juvenile offenders or that horribly-named demographic -- "at-risk" teenagers -- that concern characters in difficult, "urban" situations but are not graphically violent, offensive or sexual. It's hard to even say that this book is "urban", since it takes place in small-town Iowa. I don't know a better word -- street lit? Regardless, Woodson is kind of the queen of teen street. Most junior and high school teachers rely on her works for their ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, ya
There's a line in this very book that might capture my feelings exactly: "I like to read. . . . A hundred and ten books in my house and counting. I read all of them. Some sucked, but I kept reading, hoping they'd turn good at some point. They didn't though. But you don't give up on something—"

I read this book in about two hours, max. It's fairly insubstantial. I will say that for a title that gives it all away it's not as bleak as I'd been imagining, and all told nothing bad seems to really happ
"I celebrated my fifteenth birthday sitting in the rain begging for money. I was living in Donnersville by then. Nights inside that room in back of the hardware store, days walking and begging for money. Always Mama's voice inside my head whispering, "Daneaus don't lie, and they don't steal," so loud and hard that a part of me wanted to scream, "Then I'm not a Daneau anymore!" But scared always that the voice would go away, that her hand on my back, when I was shaking and sick with the need for ...more
Jackie Miller
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since I've started combing the depths of YA fiction I haven't yet read a drug/addiction/disorder book. This is my first, so I'm kind of a newbie. But I have to say that this book is pretty powerful. I've never struggled with a serious addiction, but I've seen enough people succumb to it. One thing I've noticed that holds true across the board is that addiction is the symptom of a different problem or hurt. Although this is pretty dark subject, the book is written with a hopeful tone.

This book sh
Lisa Campbell
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Campbell
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
This is the story of Laurel Daneau, hurricane Katrina survivor, cheerleader, best friend and meth addict. Hurricane Katrina took the lives of her mother and grandmother and Laurel’s father moves the family from Mississippi to Iowa. Instantly popular, Laurel attracts the eye of T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team. T-Boom introduces Laurel to ‘moon’ and she is immediately in its grip. Laurel descends to living in the streets and begging for money. E
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Woodson's poetry and often recognized lyricism in this book about the horrors of meth addiction. Laurel has already suffered so much...the loss of her beloved grandmother, her mother, and her home. She and her father and brother move to rural Iowa from coastal Mississippi. I can understand Laurel's culture shock, but things seem to be going so well...when she falls for the start basketball player and follows him into regular meth use.

Woodson doesn't honey-coat the effects of addiction, or
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, adult
This poetic novel is a marvelous look at the suffering of a lovely young girl who quickly becomes addicted to meth. After the loss of her mother and grandmother in a hurricane, she seems to be doing well two years later until a boyfriend gives her the drug. The writing here is beautiful and captures her descent powerfully.
Edward Sullivan
A heartbreaking but hopeful story told in exquisite prose.
Feb 17, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: need
Totally read the author as Jacqueline Wilson and thought "Jeez, she's branching out a bit."
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Victoria Zieger
Well, I read that in one sitting. So much for getting to bed early! I personally loved this book. I loved the poetic writing. It reminded me of Francesca Lia Block with the metaphors and descriptions about a dark topic. It was just scary enough to leave an impression and it had a lot of really impressive techniques to inspire anyone who is struggling with addiction and to try and truly prevent addiction from latching onto someone new. The writing was awesome. I couldn’t put it down.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Laurel, her dad, and her 3-month-old baby brother escape Pass Christian, MS just before Hurricane Katrina hits. Her grandmother refuses to leave and her mother decides to stay with her grandmother. As a result, they are killed. After a move to Galilee, IA, Laurel seems to be making a fresh start. She makes a best friend, Kaylee, who is a cheerleader and soon Laurel has joined the squad too. It's through cheering that Laurel meets T-Boom, the basketball team's star player. And it's because of T-B ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Em's Review: Laurel Daneau has experienced great loss. At a young age she lost her mother and her grandmother to a devastating storm. She lost her home and a big chunk of her heart. A few years later, Laurel and her family (father and brother) move to Iowa hoping to make a fresh start. She joins the cheerleading squad, makes a new best friend, and falls for basketball co-captain T-Boom. Things are looking up, at least from the outside, until T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth (which she calls moon ...more
Teen Laurel lost her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina. Struggling to get back on their feet, she moves north with her father and baby brother. There, things are going okay as she joins the cheerleading squad and meets the basketball star, T-Boom. However, T-Boom likes to party, aka do crystal meth, which he calls moon. Laurel gets hooked and winds up living in the streets, doing whatever she can for the next high.

For being a book about such a serious subject as meth addiction, I thoug
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fifteen year old Laurel Daneau lost her mother and grandmother, home and community to the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina, but she lost herself to meth. After moving to a new town to start a new life with her father and baby brother, Laurel finds herself seduced by a new boyfriend and the drug he introduces her to that gives her a new way of coping with the loss that keeps her from moving forward. Under meth’s sway, no price is too great to pay to keep the memories at bay and the high at hand ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is surprising short and quick for a YA book, but it is definitely mature content as we watch almost 15-year old Laurel decend from cute, popular, cheerleader to a wasted, gaunt, meth addict living on the streets in just a matter of months from her first taste. It is incredibly depressing and frightening to see how addictive meth is and how quickly she ended up in such horrible shape.

I wanted to smack her for being so stupid as to just blindly trust this boy she had just met and snort a
Emily Bachaman
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Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beneath a meth moon is a book about a 15 year old girl going through a tragic loss of her mother and you grandmother. It tells her story about how she took the news and how she turned to meth to stop the thoughts of the flood drowning he mom and grandmother. I would rec-emend this book to anybody that has lost someone close to them because it shows how when she turned to meth it literally almost killed her and her actions dint just hurt her but it also hurt the people around her who were worried ...more
Amanda Rudnick
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lavonia Reid
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Books like this always make me cry.
Diego Villegas
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laurel lived most of her life beneath a meth moon, and once you are in its light it is hard to escape it. Jacqueline Woodson wrote the novel, Beneath a Meth Moon and has written many other books such as, “Show Way” an award winning book. Beneath a Meth Moon takes place in Pass Christian where Laurel lived and was introduced to what almost ended her life, meth. She was introduced to this drug in high school.he was a cheerleader and her boyfriend was a player. He invited her to a party and showed ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one.

So last week, I was perusing the Toronto Public Library website looking for my next great read and though this was a YA title I was really drawn in by the cover and the summary so once again I found myself putting it on hold and when I got it 2 days later I was so excited I read it that very night!

Unfortunately, the book wasn't as good as the summary made it out to be at all. I was expecting this one to be like the book Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks but I was sadly mistake. This one was a ver
Ms. Lindsay
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book. I didn't find it overly didactic and although I've read a fair number of books with the main conflict being drug addiction, I've not read any specifically dealing with a teen using crystal meth. Knowing people from my past who have been addicted to meth, as well as relationships with people who are recovering addicts (other substances), it appeared to be pretty accurate in its portrayal, in a skimming the surface type of way. It doesn't deal with the addiction with the intensi ...more
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