19. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Teen Books · Tags: ,

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson, 182 pages, read by Angie, on 02/18/2013

Laurel has lost her mom and grandma to a hurricane. She has moved north with her dad and brother. At first things start out great. She makes a new best friend and joins the cheerleading squad. She also starts dating the co-captain of the basketball team, T-Boom. Everything seems perfect until T-Boom introduces her to moon (or meth). Laurel is soon hooked on the moon and doing anything to get her next fix. She is living on the streets and begging for money. Her dad tries to help her but rehab just doesn’t stick. She loses everything before she can start rebuilding her life.

This is a moving story about addiction. Laurel is like so many teens who just want to feel good, to party, to leave their pain behind. Her fall is fast and brutal, but not permanent. Because this is a story about recovery as well as addiction; about hope and despair. Laurel is saved by her family and a graffiti artist who paints those who have died because of moon. Laurel is a writer and keeps writing her story even when she has hit bottom. This story is a touching one and an excellent read.