BOOK REVIEW: Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Title: Beneath a Meth Moon
Author: Woodson, Jacqueline
Published: February 2nd, 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books
Edition Language: English
Source: borrowed from MHS Library

From Goodreads:

A stunning new novel from threetime Newbery Honor–winning 
author Jacqueline Woodson.

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 and memories from her past. 

When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she immediately falls under its spell, loving the way it erases, even if only briefly, her past. But as she becomes alienated from her friends and family, she becomes a shell of her former self, and longs to be whole again. With help from an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee, she’s able to begin to rewrite her story and start to move on from her addiction.

Incorporating Laurel’s bittersweet memories of life before and during the hurricane, this is a stunning novel by one of our finest writers. Jacqueline Woodson’s haunting—but ultimately hopeful—story is beautifully told and one readers will not want to miss.

Mrs. Beamer's Review:
This book was really hard for me to read.  I don't do well with drug-addicted characters.  Perhaps it's just too scary for me to think about.  That being said, I thought the book held its own (I guess?)  I liked the writing style and would read more books by this author.  However, I can't say I enjoyed the book.  Within the first sentences, the author lets us know the main character beats her addiction.  But even with that silver lining, I couldn't stomach the topic.    The pre- post- hurricane storyline was lost on me, as I was fixated by the meth storyline.  Honestly, I can't think of what reader group I would suggest this book to...will have to ponder that...

Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 2
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 1
Drugs/Alcohol: 5
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: college
Potential Controversial Topics: heavy drug use

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