Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Book Review: "Another Brooklyn" by Jacqueline Woodson

August is back in Brooklyn following her father's death.  While riding the subway, she sees one of her best friends from her childhood.  She immediately gets off the train, and memories of her Brooklyn childhood come flooding back.  Starting with moving to Brooklyn when she was 12 (with flashbacks to younger years in Tennessee) until she was 16.  A lot happened in those years, all of which lead to where she is currently in life.  Another Brooklyn is a compelling, haunting, exquisitely written novel about growing up, friendship, loss, race, religion, and family.

This novel is honestly a very fast read.  So fast that I had to force myself to slow down and truly appreciate the magic of Woodson's writing.  Fast does not mean light, because there are some very deep themes going on here.  I think I'll read it again very soon (maybe even before this posts) because it is just that wonderful.

As August is growing up in Brooklyn, she sees and understands so much of what is going on.  She knows they are not poor - they have enough, most days - but they are right on the edge.  She finds friendship with three girls in the neighborhood, and the four of them are inseparable at 13.  But by 15 - they have all grown and seen so much in their own homes and streets, they have started making choices that affect the rest of their lives.  Because isn't that life?  This is the time where you start to discover yourself, your strengths & weaknesses, and begin to think about your place in the world and where/who you want to be.  I am not even expressing how well this is done in the book because it really blew me away.

I think that is what I really want you to take away from this:  This book absolutely blew me away.  And I think you should enjoy that same feeling.

Thank you to TLC Book tours for an advance copy of the book for review.


*****
Another Brooklyn
by Jacqueline Woodson
Amistad, 2016
192 pages
Source:  TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
*****

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1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

That feeling of being completely blown away by a book is amazing. Whenever it happens I feel like handing the book to everyone I know and insisting that they read it and experience the same thing I did.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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