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Beneath a Meth Moon

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen's emotional journey through loss, addiction, recovery.

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In BENEATH A METH MOON, Jacqueline Woodson paints a painfully realistic portrait of grief and methamphetamine addiction. The narrator, Laurel, is a plausible 15-year-old, and her relationships with her father, little brother, and friends are equally believable and moving. It's also believable that a young person experiencing this much suffering would welcome chemical relief. Emotionally, this novel is not an easy read, but it's nicely written and well-paced, as the chapters weave in and out of Laurel's various memories.

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