Written similarly to The Crossover, the book is in verse and is an autobiography about Woodson’s childhood. She grew up during the 60s, and like The Watson’s Go to Birmingham, she lives in the south for a short time with her grandparents and see the hatred that is still prevalent in the southern states. She eventually moves to New York with her siblings and mother and embraces it. She actually enjoys going to school there and has a good girlfriend there who is Puerto Rican. She writes about the good times, but also about the trying times such as the death of her beloved grandfather. This book was surprisingly good (sometimes books written in verse take some getting use to). I very much enjoyed it.
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Woodson, Jacqueline (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York, NY: Penguin.