Book Review #13: Brown Girl Dreaming

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Based on author Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood, this book is a soulful memoir told in poems. In vivid free verse, Jaqueline shares her stories, opinions, and experiences. She shares with us her dreams of becoming a writer, her first best friend, and Dixie Peach Hair Grease. 

But Jaqueline has never been completely satisfied. Growing up in both Brooklyn and South Carolina, she always felt half at home in each place. In the South, children teased her and her siblings about their Northern way of talking, and in Brooklyn, being a Jehovah’s witness meant that they had to follow rules they didn’t understand.

Recomended for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. 

Through all their troubles-a deep family love and pride existed that made each Woodson stand a little taller and shine a little brighter.

A slow read, but so poetic and realistic. This one totally deserves its National Book Award Winner, Newberry Honor Book, and that other pyramid one that I can’t read. Point is: great book and definitely worth your while!

Thoughts (for when you’re done reading, contains spoilers)

So inspiring and beautiful. This definitely made me “stand a little taller and shine a little brighter.” Definitely worth the read!

I don’t really have a favorite character because they were all so wonderful. But, I did really like Jaqueline.

My favorite part would have to be the end. Those last few words were so moving. Jaqueline is so passionate, complex, and in-depth. Truly inspiring!

Thank you for reading this post and feel free to check out more of my blog. I hope you guys enjoyed this book as much as I did. Please comment on your favorite part and character. Until next time!

-Katie K 

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