brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

brown girl dreamingThis is probably going to be one of the most unfavorable reviews I write. I was really disappointed with this one. I have had brown girl dreaming on my booklist for quite some time. I started adding more multicultural literature to my bookshelf last year, and this one grabbed me from the moment I heard about. It has won so many awards! People love it! What could go wrong…

Brown girl dreaming is the memoir of Jacqueline Woodson written in verse. Jacqueline grew up during a changing time in America, especially the south. Segregation was still going strong and the south didn’t plan on changing anytime soon. Jacqueline’s family is from the south and she spends some of her time there, but mostly she lives in Brooklyn with her mother and siblings. This memoir recites the life of Jacqueline trying to find her place in life. She speaks about the troubles she faces in school, the differences in the north and south, sibling rivalry and everything in-between.

Okay, I honestly can’t write anything more in that summary. I hated this book! I really did. I keep thinking that there is probably something I am not seeing in Jacqueline’s verse, but I was bored to tears. This story could have been left sitting in a diary – I think it would fit better there. I love multicultural literature, and I love memoirs…but not this one. I give it 1 out of 5. Now, I need to start selecting better stories.

Common Sense Media Rating: 10+ yrs


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments.jpgFirst summer read of 2016! I was very excited to dive into another Rainbow Rowell book. I am a huge fan of the other books I have read by her, and I expected this to turn out the same. However, like most authors, not every novel is a gem.

Attachments in the story of Lincoln, a nerd obsessed with school, who lives at home with his mother and has an IT job at a newspaper. The time is 1999 and everyone is awaiting Y2K. Part of Lincoln’s job is reading through flagged emails. He checks them for content and sends disciplinary messages when necessary. However, Lincoln starts to get hooked on the emails between two employees, Jennifer and Beth. After awhile, Lincoln begins to fall for Beth. But how would that ever work? “Hello, my name is Lincoln. I have been reading your private emails.” Throughout the novel, emails are exchanged and the possibility of a relationship grows smaller. So will he ever be able to make his move?

Yeah, I really wasn’t a fan of this one. Honestly, it took way to long to get to the meet of the story. I enjoyed the emails between Beth and Jennifer, but every time the perspective got back to Lincoln, I was falling asleep. More than halfway through the novel, Rowell gives you a glimmer that things are going in the right direction. But honestly, it isn’t enough. I needed something to move faster, and I needed to see more of a climax. I was really disappointed by this one. I have to give it a 2 out of 5. Maybe next time, Rowell.