Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson | a mini review for a wonderful book

Hello! It’s a week into May, and I’ve unfortunately had a lot of schoolwork. But, I finished reading this book a couple days ago, and I guess I just really wanted to review it! It was easy for me to write this review, because I knew exactly what I liked about it. Which was most of it, to be honest. So, without further ado, here is my review of Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson.

Brown Girl Dreaming

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Release Date: August 28th 2014 

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Genre: Memoir, poetry, middle grade

Series? Standalone


Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. 

Brown Girl Dreaming is a beautifully written book. I have been meaning to read it for a couple of years actually, and I started to read it a while back, but put it down and never picked it back up.

I am really glad that I picked it back up though. I haven’t read a book in that style, written in free verse in a long time, if ever, and the writing in Brown Girl Dreaming stood out to me in an incredibly unique way.

Brown Girl Dreaming is poetry, is a memoir and those labels don’t usually describe the types of books I read. However, Brown Girl Dreaming is also about a girl wanting to be a writer, and knowing that from a young age. How Jacqueline Woodson so clearly writes about how she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer is so great to read about.

Jaqueline Woodson writes about her religion, her family, her friends, and her experiences, in a way that makes you want to keep on reading to learn more and more and more about her.

I would suggest reading this book because I enjoyed reading it. It’s not the sort of style of book that I’m used to and that I usually read, but it’s written in such a beautiful style, that I think most people would enjoy it.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Why? I really really enjoyed this book. But like I said, I don’t read a lot of poetry and memoirs. So I guess it just didn’t completely click with me in the way some books do!

Recommendable: Yes

To who? Anyone looking for a beautifully written memoir!

Have you read Brown Girl Dreaming? Do you want to? Chat with me in the comments below!

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