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Review: Brown Girl Dreaming

January 29, 2016

 

Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson was born in Ohio but she, her siblings, and mother moved to South Carolina to live with her grandparents when she’s just three months old.  Her mother dreams of bigger things and leaves Jacqueline and her siblings with her grandparents while she works to establish herself in New York.  The children eventually join her there but spend most of their summers with their grandparents in the south.  Jacqueline never felt she fit in in either place but found great comfort in her family and her love of writing.

I was absolutely blown away by Jacqueline Woodson’s beautifully written memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming.  It is the story of a young girl trying to find herself in a troubled and changing world.  Woodson struggled in school yet found solace in books and words.  She looked forward to trips to the library and says

If someone had taken
that book out of my hand
said, You’re too old for this
maybe
I’d never have believed
that someone who looked like me
could be in the pages of the book
that someone who looked like me
had a story.

Written in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming is a testament to Woodson’s enormous talent.  It’s a book that can be read quickly but should be savored.  This is a must read for everyone who’s felt different or held on to a dream.  Don’t let the fact that this is a middle grade book keep you from reading it – I recommend it to middle grade readers on up.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2016 6:45 am

    It sounds like a lovely memoir.

  2. January 29, 2016 8:14 am

    Someone donated this book to our shop a few weeks ago and I looked through it. She writes so beautifully.

  3. January 29, 2016 8:18 am

    So glad you loved this one, too. Such a wonderful book!

  4. January 29, 2016 9:54 am

    Sounds really good.

  5. January 29, 2016 10:23 am

    I’ve got this one and look forward to savoring it.

  6. January 29, 2016 10:30 am

    Thanks for sharing your great review. This sounds really good. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  7. January 29, 2016 11:34 am

    I listened to the audio of this. Absolutely loved it.

  8. January 29, 2016 11:42 am

    Oh, I love the sound of this one! All of us know the power of books and words…and to read about someone for whom the books are like a doorway to the world of possibilities…powerful! Thanks for sharing.

  9. January 29, 2016 1:53 pm

    I enjoy reading in Verse. I have considered this one before but you have me more intrigued.

  10. January 29, 2016 3:16 pm

    Very nice review, Kathy.

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. January 29, 2016 4:20 pm

    Lovely review, Kathy! This does sound wonderful.

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    January 29, 2016 5:10 pm

    I have this one on my wish list and am looking forward to reading it. I haven’t read too many books written in verse, but those I have, I have enjoyed.

  13. Patty permalink
    January 29, 2016 5:36 pm

    Memoir and verse…my nemeses…but it does sound lovely…I am not totally sure that nemeses is a word but I am going for it!

  14. January 30, 2016 1:32 pm

    It didn’t quite strike me earlier that this book is a memoir. Now I am more intrigued. Verse doesn’t really work for me but this one has some beautiful lines.

  15. January 30, 2016 7:19 pm

    So many readers have voiced such glowing comments about this book! I really need to get myself a copy. I’ve also considered listening to it on audio, so maybe I’ll try them both at the same time. Thanks for the reminder to put this on my TBR list!

  16. February 1, 2016 2:32 am

    I loved this one too and the quote you include in your review. So glad you enjoyed this one!

  17. February 1, 2016 2:34 pm

    I really enjoyed this one too.

  18. February 1, 2016 3:38 pm

    This has been on my tbr list for a while. I hope to get to it soon.

  19. February 3, 2016 2:13 pm

    I’m so glad you loved this book. I did too.

  20. February 3, 2016 4:50 pm

    I saw her speak a few years ago and she was great. I need to read this book.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    February 4, 2016 6:59 pm

    I tried to listen to this one but my audio didn’t work!

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