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Friday, August 15, 2014

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Reviewed By: M.S.
Laurel Daneau lost her grandmother and her mother to Hurricane Katrina and in turn lost herself to the moon (meth). This tragic story follows Laurel as she struggles on the streets constantly craving and wasting away day after day due to the moon she lives off of. The story is filled with flashbacks and present day accounts of Laurel's life before and during her moon days and it all ties into a touching and saddening story of teen addiction and the need for someone to help you out but for you to help yourself as well.
Why I Picked it Up: It was on my school's summer reading list.
Why I Finished It: It was pretty interesting and wanted to see if there was some hope for her.
I’d Give this Book To: I half recommend this book, only because it's somewhat good but there isn't much substance to the plot line. Definitely high school teens should read this since it focuses on a more mature topic but be prepared for a more wide range of emotions to be felt as you live along with Laurel's struggles and just keep hoping she'll make it through the book.

**Librarian Side Note** I recognized the title to this book, but I didn't know much about it.  After reading this review, I really want to check this out.  It reminds me of other books I have read on teen addiction like Crank by Ellen Hopkins, Zoo Station by Christian F., and Tweak by Nic Sheff.  All mature, but well written books about the struggles of teens faced with drug addictions..

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