My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Brown Girl Dreaming that I couldn’t wait to read it and I am so happy to say that it lived up to everything I had heard and more.
This beautiful free verse novel is the autobiographical story of author, Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood and explores her growth as a storyteller and poet, set in the context of her family, the Civil Rights movement, and the places – both North and South – that she called home.
What I love about free verse novels like Brown Girl Dreaming (and Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose, which I also highly recommend) is that each poem is able to distill a story down to emotions and moments without being weighed down by all the trappings of a plot and yet, taken together, form a complete narrative.
Brown Girl Dreaming is a beautiful example of just how lovely and impactful the free verse novel can be and, in my opinion, truly deserves the accolades and attention that it has received. I highly recommend it and cannot wait to read more of Jacqueline Woodson’s work.
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