Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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What do you even say about this??? Many people have written about Brown Girl Dreaming, about how wonderful and beautiful it is. I don’t know that I have anything to add, except that they’re correct. It’s the author’s story of growing up as a young black child during the 60’s & 70’s, first in South Carolina and then in Brooklyn. There’s some heartbreaking moments, and some hopeful ones. There are a lot of mentions about her growing love of telling and writing stories. And most interestingly, it’s written in verse! It’s a cool, unique way of doing a childhood autobiography.

“I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called Now.”

“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.”

“Everyone else
has gone away.
And now coming back home
isn’t really coming back home at all.”

I can’t wait to explore more of Jacqueline Woodson’s work, and to put her books into the hands of my niece and nephews. I hope schools embrace it and add it to their reading lists. Brown Girl Dreaming was a treat to read, and I’m glad I have my own copy to page through in the future.

Sarah Says: 4 stars

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4 comments

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this book, and even more now after the NBA ceremony and Daniel Handler’s asinine comments about her. The thing holding me back is the whole being written in verse thing. Thanks for pushing me harder to pick it up!

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