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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (YA)

Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming has become one of my favourite books of all time!

The memoir centers around Jacqueline Woodson’s early life growing up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s in the United States. Written in verse form, Woodson shares her experiences of being born in Ohio, and growing up between South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York, and trying to find her identity and place in the world. Each page is a short poem about an experience from her life or the history of her family or the events that were occurring at that moment in time. The poems are simple, emotionally charged, and beautiful. This is not a difficult read at all.

The reason this novel has become a favourite is because there are aspects of Woodson’s life that I can relate to, especially the struggle to fit into two places that she calls home, which is something that I still struggle with being a “Third Culture Kid/Adult”. I also loved the stories she told about her grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and friends, and how each of their choices and actions shaped not only the United States, but helped her become who she is now.

There aren’t enough words to say how much I love this book. If you enjoy learning about people and their lives, memoirs, biographies, history or are a TCK (someone who has grown up in multiple places), I think you will enjoy this. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. If you read this, let me know what you think 🙂