Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Book Title: Red At The Bone 
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Genres: Historical, Adult Fiction
Number of pages: 208 pages
Publishing Date: : September 17th 2019
Publishing company:  RiverHead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House 

Paperback received from the publisher in exchange of an honest review! 

5 stars

This is my very first Jacqueline Woodson book, and honestly i’m beyond impressed

The story starts with Melody’s sixteen birthday, it’s more of a huge family celebration, where they celebrate all of the kids coming to age. Melody is the child that joined 2 families  from different classes by her birth.
So the first chapter is from Melody’s POV, and then we take tours to read everyone else’s POV, and back story; we have: 

  • Her mother, Iris
  • Her father, Aubrey
  • Her grandmother
  • Her grandfather

And then we get back to Melody.

What Actually fascinated me is that every POV, it doesn’t just feel like another view of the story, it feels like we are literally in the person’s shoes, the language starts changing, the posture, everything about the chapter screams it’s owner character, and that is the perfect way to handle multiple POV.

The story itself speaks about a lot of topics that are always hidden between the lines in any usual YA novel, but this one spoke loudly and shamelessly, it couldn’t have been better.
It speaks Race, class, family issues, family expectation, sex, desire, education, status, money, and bit of politics tbh.
It was everything!

The writing was just a piece of heaven, between paragraphs you’d find these verses of not much hardcore poetry but lines that were more like music to my ears than just regular words, i probably highlighted half of  them.

4 thoughts on “Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

  1. What a great book! I ADORE multiple POV that are written well and show more than just the story-line unfolding but have deeper themes ❤️ I’m going to check this book out. Plus, little snippets of poetry sound so cute! Awesome review!! 😄

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  2. *clears throat* WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN, missy? (Or maybe I should say where the hell have i been, BUT THATS NOT THE QUESTION!) no emails from you anymore..😡😡 You have a death wish or something!!???


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