Monday, February 20, 2012

Beneath a Meth Moon

Beneath a Meth Moon 
Jacqueline Woodson
182 pages
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (a division of Penguin)
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Laurel lost her mother and grandmother to Hurricane Katrina.  When she, her father, and her brother move away to a new town, she joins the cheerleading squad, gets a new best friend, and a boyfriend.  Her boyfriend introduced her to meth and it's all downhill from there.

I really enjoyed this novel.  Ultimately about survival, Beneath a Meth Moon takes the reader into the life of a meth addict, and it's not pretty.  Meth affects Laurel is such a way that she no longer looks like herself and she doesn't feel like herself either.  All she can think about it getting her next high.  Beneath a Meth Moon was very eye opening to the word of meth addiction.

This was an extremely short novel, clocking in at under two hundred pages, and was a quick read as a result.  I wish it had been fleshed out more.  I would have liked more details about just about everything: Lauren's friendship with Kaylee, her school and family life; I even would have liked more details about the way meth was ruining her life.

Four stars - a great story, I just wish it was fleshed out more.

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