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Beneath A Meth Moon

An Elegy
Woodson, Jacqueline (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Beneath A Meth Moon
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"A young girl uses crystal meth to escape the pain of losing her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina, and then struggles to get over her addiction"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Woodson, Jacqueline
Title: Beneath a meth moon
an elegy
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Nancy Paulsen Books, c2012
Characteristics: xvii, 182 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jacqueline Woodson
Summary: "A young girl uses crystal meth to escape the pain of losing her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina, and then struggles to get over her addiction"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0399252509
9780399252501
Branch Call Number: y WOODSON 2012
Subject Headings: Pass Christian (Miss.) Juvenile fiction Iowa Juvenile fiction Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Juvenile fiction Runaway children Juvenile fiction Grief Juvenile fiction Drug abuse Juvenile fiction Methamphetamine Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Runaway children
Grief
Drug abuse
Methamphetamine
LCCN: 2011046799
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This compelling and emotional tale follows Laurel as she recovers from the loss of her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina and the meth addiction that followed.


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There are a number of ways this author failed to deliver. First and foremost, the subject of meth addiction is handled sketchily and sloppily. The reader needs to understand where a protagonist is coming from, and the information just isn't there. One page, she's straight, the next she's a homeless addict, next she's somehow in a rehab. No details on any of this. You kinda have to have a few details to get in the mood to maintain interest and confidence in any story, and this slim volume just doesn't cut the mustard.

Sep 19, 2014
  • JCLBethE rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jacqueline Woodson shows us the brutally honest life of a teen drug addict. Laurel faced the tragic wrath of Hurricane Katrina by losing her mother and beloved grandmother. The pain of losing family and her home mixed with a drug dealing boyfriend leads her down the road to meth addiction. Many respects to Woodson for tackling this difficult subject and bringing a sympathetic, yet realistic depiction of a young person's struggle with meth.

Apr 28, 2012
  • hrob85 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

After losing her mother and grandmother to Hurricane Katrina, Laurel, her brother, and her father move to a new town to start over. There she simultaneously falls in love with the co-captain of the basketball team, T-Boom, and meth, or as she likes to call it, “the moon.” As the moon takes over her life, her relationships crumble and she is faced with a decision: to fully embrace her addiction or to fight it.
Woodson crafts her narrative to match the mental state of her heroine: jagged and jumbled, providing only brief flashes that jump between past and present. The disjointed snippets of Laurel’s recollections work to form a cohesive whole that ultimately reveals her as a fully realized and relatable character.

Apr 16, 2012
  • MeganCallaway rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I finished this book over the weekend, and thought it was just okay. The book was so short, I think I might have been able to connect with the characters more if I was given more of a chance to get to know them. That said, I would like to try some other books by the author.

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