I have been jumping for joy for the last two days! Not only did I get a chance to read Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst, but I followed it up with Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (and Birdie by Tracey Lindberg to be reviewed later). Three really great books back to back!
This was my introduction to Woodson's work, even though she is well written. I had heard so many good things about this book that I had to read it and I am so glad I did.
In short, this is about August who sees her childhood friend and begins to reminisce about her childhood in Brooklyn. It begins with innocent and fun times of going to Coney Island, playing in the sprinkler, and just having childhood fun.
There was also the other Brooklyn aka Another Brooklyn, where innocence ends. In that Brooklyn, there are men who pray of girls, drug dealers, and the mystery of a mother who has disappeared (also in Birdie BTW).
As good as the story is, it is the writing that is the draw of this book. Woodson writes in a lyrical prose that is just a joy to read. She says so much in so few words and that is what is so good about this book. It is also a short book due to this writing style, but don't let that put you off as this one is well worth your time. The book deals a bit with race, the loss of innocence, and even the re-writing of memories. The reveal of what happened to her mother is also really well done. I loved this book!
I gave this one 5 stars!
Here is your Amazon link- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson