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YA Review: Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne

Title: Chlorine sky

AuthorMahogany L. Browne

Year Published: 2021

Category: YA fiction (verse)
Pages: 192
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2021 Google Reading map) USA (CA)

Summary (from Amazon):
She looks me hard in my eyes
& my knees lock into tree trunks
My eyes don't dance like my heartbeat racing
They stare straight back hot daggers.
I remember things will never be the same.
I remember things.

With gritty and heartbreaking honesty, Mahogany L. Browne delivers a novel-in-verse about broken promises, fast rumors, and when growing up means growing apart from your best friend.

Review: I didn't realize this book was in verse until I started reading it, but at 192 pages, that means you can read it in one sitting and I think it's better digested that way. Reading it all at once means you get into the rhythm of the verse, get inside Sky's head, and understand the back and forth of the story as she weaves her tale of teen angst and drama.

Sky has lived in the shadow of her sister, her best friend, and her classmates all her life. The one place she comes alive is on the local basketball court where she is better than the boys. On the court she feels a bit more powerful, a bit taller, a bit more. Off the court, she is quiet, unsure, hidden. She learns that sometimes, in order to find yourself, you have to step away from the people in your life who bring you down, or at least those who don't lift you up.

This is a raw story of figuring out what one girl needs and wants and admitting to herself that she's worth it.

Challenges for which this counts:
  • Diversity--Black characters and author

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