Beneath A Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
Originally published on February 02, 2012
“It burned melting, then the burning was gone and there was the light, the moonlight.”
“With the moon inside of me, the walk wouldn’t be cold, the night wouldn’t be dark.”
“Strange how being able to make a person laugh fills you up with something good.”
“She told me my smile was like a light getting turned on.”
“Maybe you can write it into the past, and that will help leave some of it there. People do that. They write stuff down and then it’s gone from them and they’re free.”
“Guess that’s why I like reading so much– can just leave this place if I want to and don’t even have to get on a bus or a plane to go.”
“Even when you’re here, you’re gone.”
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.
Goodreads Rating: 3.66/5 stars
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction