"Longtime organizer, writer and educator in the NYC spoken word poetry scene, Mahogany L. Browne brings us her first YA novel in verse. Fans of Jason Reynolds and Elizabeth Acevedo will love this fast paced story about a young Black teenager coming of age and finding her true self among a tangle of rumors, bullies, boys, and a toxic friendship. This story illustrates so perfectly those intense feelings of love and betrayal in tight-knit friendships that are so powerful for teenage girls, and addresses the specific experience Black girls in the U.S. face growing up surrounded by racism, colorism and the patriarchy. Simultaneously particular and universal, Chlorine Sky is a gift to read or listen to: Browne narrates the audiobook herself, with expert delivery. 'I realize a girl’s mouth is a weapon. Now I realize being a girl is heavy business.'"
A novel-in-verse about a young girl coming-of-age and stepping out of the shadow of her former best friend. Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Nikki Grimes.
“Mahogany L. Browne’s debut YA ia an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless.” -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X
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.