Sunday, March 25, 2012

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Beneath a Meth MoonBeneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Laurel lost her mother and grandmother when they wouldn’t leave during a hurricane, Now is it just so many sad memories as Laurel alternates chapters about her life before and her life after. For two years, Laurel, her father and little brother live with an aunt, but now there is a good job and they move to another town. With her best friend Kaylee, Laurel makes the cheerleading squad and falls forT-Boom, eleventh grade basketball co-captain. T-Boom pulls out the meth (moon) and holds it out for Laurel to sniff hard. In that instant, Laurel is hooked and as her life slides out of control with her addiction, she betrays her best friend, drops out of school, runs away from home and sinks deeper into life under the meth moon. Woodson’s words are intense, reluctant readers will love this slim novel with no easy answers.

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