Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Brown. Crown Books, 2022. 9780593176436
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? Angel, an African American junior in high school, arrives in Brooklyn to “start fresh” from her California life. But if she doesn’t know who she is, where is she supposed to start? Still broken – both physically and mentally – by an act of domestic violence from her ex-boyfriend, Angel tries her hardest to recover when she stumbles upon literary works by Black authors, such as Octavia Butler, James Baldwin, and Zora Neale Hurston. Through her reading, she finds inspiration to get creative in her own life by remixing music and producing her first mixtape. Supported by her teachers, new friends, and her loving uncle, Angel discovers a side of herself that never got a chance to grow in her old life in California. Told in a mix of free verse and epistolary chapters, Vinyl Moon is an uplifting coming-of-age story about a teenager recovering from trauma through literature, music, and new beginnings.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who liked Chlorine Sky by the same author. Teeangers who want to read realistic fiction, novels in verse, and epistolary fiction, especially if featuring an African American protagonist, and teens who have reading difficulties or don’t like reading.
Who should buy this book? High schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Close to the top
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Laila Carter, Boston Arts Academy, Dorchester MA
Date of review: April 13, 2022