Skip to main content

Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn
Jacqueline Woodson
Amistad, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.

I was a little disappointed in Another Brooklyn. It was well-written and had a good story, but it just didn’t pull me in. I think that was because I didn’t really connect with the characters at all, and kind of had a hard time keeping track of who was who. It was short, and I’m glad I read it, but it wasn’t my favorite.