Beneath A Meth Moon

Beneath A Meth Moon

An Elegy

Book - 2013
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Overview: 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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780142423929
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Characteristics: xvii, 188 pages ; 21 cm


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JCLBeckyC Apr 13, 2019

Woodson's exquisite prose breathes life and fresh hope into this heartbreaking tale of death, destruction, and drug abuse in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Read-alike: 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp. For something lighter, but also well written, try Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy.

StephanieOne Mar 13, 2019

This was just....... weird?
Everything seemed to happen so fast. It felt like she lost a big part of her family, moved to a new city, became popular, tried meth once, spiraled out of control, ended up on the streets, and was then "saved" in a matter of a few months. And the over-arching religiousness of the book, from place and character names to the abundance of religion-based rehab facilities in her area, just made things seem so bizarre. It seemed more like a Christian recruitment book than the story of someone struggling with an addiction to meth. I had to force myself to finish this book, telling myself it had to get better by the end. Spoiler: it didn't.

GCPL_Teen Jun 23, 2017

This story of addiction and loss falls short due to poor narration and an underdeveloped plot. Despite this, the plight of the main character does evoke sympathy.

Jan 31, 2017

In the 90's some friends and I delved into the mad world of god's breath for a season or two and it brought this old sailor to his knees. I first suspected there might be a little problem after staying awake for a fortnight watching Pink Floyd the Wall and then shaving my entire body. This book was almost too vivid, real and intense and I often had to put it down and take a deep breath. She is an amazing author and brings me to tears every time. What a lovely homage to recovery, relapse, tragedy and hope.

Nov 22, 2016

This book is honest an beyond amazing. It allows you to have the first look into a world that most don't understand. Laurel is a bright an intelligent young lady who finds comfort in a bad place, Meth. she tells you how it all started an how is drastically changed her life. this book is sad but its also one of the best books I have read in a very long time...

Jul 01, 2016

This book was GREAT!!

JCLBethE Sep 19, 2014

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

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.


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PimaLib_MegginK May 06, 2015

Then what? I said
Then you die, my lovely. He said it matter-of-fact, like it was the most obvious thing in the world.


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