Book Review: Before Her by Jacqueline Woodson

Before Her
by Jacqueline Woodson

The One series #1

Publication date: July 30th 2019
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
Pages: 17


In this transportive memoir, the National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming traces the relationships in her past that would eventually deliver her to the love of a lifetime.

Before Jacqueline Woodson met Juliet, before her own self-realization, there were decades of friends, lovers, and family who defined the woman she’d become. In this haunting story of memory and identity, Jacqueline shares the profound impact they had on bending the path of her life; how they informed the dreams of her future; and how each one—some lost, all loved—would bring her to Juliet, her one and only.

Jacqueline Woodson’s Before Her is part of The One, a collection of seven singularly true love stories of friendship, companionship, marriage, and moving on. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single sitting, with or without company.

Source: Goodreads


I really enjoyed the Inheritance Series, a collection of short stories published by Amazon Original Stories, so I was really glad to find that Amazon has lots of different collections that I’m yet to explore, all free for Prime members! I’ve decided to give The One a go, a collection of love stories of friendship, companionship, marriage and moving on.

I love short stories and the fact that they can pack so much into so few pages. This little story is just 17 pages long, so it only took a few minutes to read, but it was still really enjoyable. In this memoir, the author Jacqueline Woodson shares details of her love life, reminiscing on the relationships of her past. It’s teeny tiny, so I’ll stop there and let you discover the rest yourself.

This was a short and sweet read that kept me entertained for a little while. It didn’t blow me away and felt a little disjointed in places, but I liked it and am looking forward to exploring more of the collection.

Overall rating: “Before Her” is a short memoir of Jacqueline Woodson‘s romantic history. It’s warm and moving in places. I didn’t love it, but it was really enjoyable – I’m giving my first read of The One collection 3 stars.

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