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The first thing that caught my eye about this one was the cover. And then I found out it was historical fiction AND in verse and I almost changed my mind. Y'all KNOW both of those are not my forte. But this one really ended up working for me. Navy sailors are coming from everywhere to L.A. to wait for the next ship out during WWII. To pass the time, some soldiers have began dancing to a new style of music, called jazz music. The soldiers that the girls have been dancing with are called Jazz Owls. Unfortunately, although they are dancing with the girls, they have started beating up their husbands and brothers and friends, because their skin color is different. The number one thing about this one I liked was the fact that I learned something without the book being too preachy. The main reason I don't like historical fiction is it alwys feels like a history lesson and not so much a story. This one did not feel that way at all. I always really loved Engle's writing style. I felt all the pain and sadness in each of the character's poems. It's not normal that I get that attached to a novel told in verse, but I did with this one. I got lost in the pages and ended up finishing it in one day. It's about a tough subject, but it is told in such a great way. This one wasn't one that I was expecting to read and love, so anyone that's second-guessing it, still give it a try! There is something about the lush world, the deep emotions of the characters, and amazing history lesson, that readers will not get enough of. Margarita Engle has a way of hooking her readers, no matter what their preference in books is.