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review 2018-01-11 17:07
And that's what you call a book
Another Brooklyn: A Novel - Jacqueline Woodson

I picked this up as a freebie from the publisher at the 2017 MLA convention.  The main reason I picked it up was the raves that Woodson got from a panel about YA literature and race (which was literally the best panel I went to during that convention). 

 

Incidentally, this book has also been chosen for One Book, One Philadelphia.

 

                Another Brooklyn is about, well, death, life, poetry, and girlhood. 

 

                August is called back to Brooklyn for her father’s death.  The story opens shortly after his funeral, and Woodson writes a wonderful scene of two siblings who are different but who love each other and can tease though the differences.  On a subway ride, August sees a woman from her past and remembers her girlhood in Brooklyn.

 

                Her girlhood is adjusting to New York after moving from Tennessee.  Part of the story is adjusting a different environment and different type of life, once her father decides to convert.  She also adjusts to the changes in her body and how the people, in particular the males, around her react to that.  Her family is struggling financial at time when there is white flight in Brooklyn.  Part of what we see is how poverty and harassment do effect people’s live.  But that is the charm of the book, it is simple a section of life that does not get much coverage in the media.

 

                The book isn’t really for very young children, for rape and sex are addressed.  In some points, somewhat graphically, in others clearly.  Additionally, Woodson’s style might not be to everyone’s taste.  She writes in a prose poetry style.  In fact, my edition sets the prose up in an almost poetry style.  This means you will either love her style or it just will not be for you.

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review 2017-12-12 05:08
Enjoying this series, good addition
The Highwayman's Bite | Historical Paranormal Romance: Regency Vampires (Scandals With Bite Book 6) - Brooklyn Ann

Another good read from the Scandals with Bite series! Rhys is such a caring man even though he tries to appear otherwise, and I fell in love with him. Vivian's unusual activities and behavior made her a fun-to-read person. Together, the chemistry is steamy, and I had to keep turning the pages. I loved this book and the series, and I recommend both.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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text 2017-10-18 01:35
This happened
Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes #1) - Mariko Tamaki,Brooklyn Allen

I missed it until I found an ARC at school. 

 

 

1. left it in locker

2. it fell in car.

3. I lost it.

 

If either of the first two, I'm gonna find it, read it, then Jessica has first dibs.   If she does not want, someone else can claim it after I read it.

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review 2017-10-08 14:22
Keep me
Bountiful (True North Book 4) - Sarina Bowen

This is the 4th book in the True North series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  However, to avoid spoilers and have complete understanding of this amazing series, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Zara & Dave make a memory and then plan to never see one another again.  This is of course, before the surprises that seem to keep coming.  Good thing Zara has her family for support.

 

Dave misses Vermont and cannot wait to get back.  He had hoped to find Zara if he ever went there again.  Fate intervenes, and the rest as they say is history.

 

I have to warn you - I cried almost the entire book.  Please get your tissues ready.  Stunningly beautiful, this story has so much power to move you and your emotions.  Each encounter of these characters seem so real to me.  Very touching, and thought provoking, I was excited to see it be the next part of the True North series.  I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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