by Jacqueline Woodson
Nothing could prepare Laurel for the loss of her mother and grandmother. The last thing they told her as she drove for high ground with her father and brother was that they would see her soon. But Hurricane Katrina changed all that. It may be 2 years later, but for Laurel it might as well have been yesterday. So when her new friend T-Boom offers her a bit of something to take the pain away, she figures it can't hurt. But when that thing turns out to be meth, it turns out it can do a whole lot more than take away the hurt. It can take away her entire life.
Told through Laurel's perspective, the book starts with her living on the streets begging for money so that she can buy her next hit. We meet Laurel in the throes of drug addiction, where she is aware that her life is only going downhill but she can't find the strength to care about anything but her next hit. The book attempts to really demonstrate the power drugs like meth have over the lives of those who take them, and the damage these drugs wreck over not only the addicts themselves but anyone around them.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 8th Grade