Beneath a Meth Moon: Book summary and reviews of Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Beneath a Meth Moon

by Jacqueline Woodson

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Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2012
    192 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

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"Starred Review. A moving, honest and hopeful story." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. ...Woodson maintains tension throughout, making it abundantly clear how easy it is to succumb to meth and how difficult it is to recover from it." - Publishers Weekly

"This is must read for teens but also for those of us who work with and care about them. Woodson's lyricism and use of interlocking flashbacks in this first person narrative does not sugarcoat the addiction, its effects, or the aftermath." - Reading.org

"Beneath a Meth Moon is a hard book to read, because it is all so real; it's easy to imagine this young girl on the street and addicted. ...Woodson doesn't give anyone any reason to have romantic illusions about what it is like to be an addict... [she] does, however, give the reader hope." - The Examiner

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Natalie

Life-changing
I am a 15 year old sophomore going through a very difficult and trying part of my life. I see the most addicted visions of myself, knowing that I am capable of doing something terrible like meth. This book changed and helped my life in so many ways. Woodson changed my life. I am so thankful to have writers like this that can effect who I am and help me to be a better person. Who I am can be changed at any moment and I have the power to either pull myself back up or keep going down. Laurel pulled her self back up, because she always had the power. And I have it in me too. Thank you Woodson for changing my life.

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Jacqueline Woodson Author Biography

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Jacqueline Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children, including the New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which won the 2014 National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, an NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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