One of my favorite things to do in my free time is to read a good book surrounded by pillows and blankets while soft music plays in the background. However, the past few months have not been generous to me and I find myself stuck in a pile full of homework, projects, and tests. As you can guess, sitting down and enjoying a book wasn’t really an option. Until I came across Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming. Because of this book, I finally had time to wind down and enjoyed something that I like to do.
Brown Girl Dreaming describes a young Jacqueline Woodson’s journey living in the South and the North right after the Civil Rights Movement. We find ourselves immersed in Woodson’s world of family, life lessons, and self discovery. Woodson also gives insight to how conditions were in the strict South after the Civil Rights Movement by describing the expectations and habits that were set for her family.
But what really separates this book from other memoirs is the way it is styled. Instead of paragraphs that decorate the page, the book is filled with stanzas. The stanzas give a refreshing feel as it gives a poetic vibe for the story. There were some words and sentences that sent goosebumps down my body because they just fit so well to the story. Brown Girl Dreaming is a perfect book to deviate from traditional storytelling.
It is also a great book for anyone who wants to learn a little history as Woodson does a phenomenal job in sprinkling American history in her story.. On top of that, it is a very quick read due to Woodson’s style which gives it a fast yet comfortable pace.
I definitely recommend Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming to anyone who wants a quick read with a heartwarming storyline.
Book Review by Katherine Wei