Book Profile: Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne

Book: CHLORINE SKY by Mahogany L. Browne


Release Date: January 12, 2021
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 978-0593176399

Position in Bibliography: Debut Novel, Standalone Novel

Numbered Pages: 178
Chapters: 98 (Chapter Titles, Not Numbered)
Word Count: Approx. 17,000 words

Cover Art: Kgabo “Saint Rose” Mametja
Jacket Design: Ray Shappell & Torborg Davern
Interior Design: Jen Valero
Text Font: 10.75-point Adobe Garamond

Audiobook Run Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes (Unabridged)
Audiobook Narrator: Narrated by the Author, Mahogany L. Browne

Genre: Fiction – Contemporary, Poetry
Setting: Unknown
Tense: Present
Point of View (POV): First Person
Themes/Subjects: Friendship, Self-esteem, Sisters, Sports (Basketball, Swimming), Dating

Triggers: Sexual Assault, Addiction, Bullying

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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.


Dedication: “to my grandmothers: 
thank you for teaching me kindness
to my younger self: you deserve, you deserve, you deserve
to my daughter: you are the most beautiful poem i’ve ever written”
Find the Acknowledgements: End of Book


Cover Blurb:

“A story about heart and backbone, and one only Mahogany L. Browne could bring forth.” — Jason Reynolds, #1 New York Times bestselling author of LONG WAY DOWN

Jacket Copy Blurbs:

“Mahogany L. Browne’s debut YA is an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless.” — Elizabeth AcevedoNew York Times bestselling author of THE POET X

“A profound reminder that sometimes the most revolutionary thing a girl can be is herself.” — Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of DEAR MARTIN

“Browne’s poignant writing will undoubtedly bring readers back to her stories again and again.” — Renée Watson, New York Times bestselling author

“A searing voice that commands attention.” — Dhonielle ClaytonNew York Times bestselling author of the BELLES series


Characters + Identifiers (In Order of Named Appearance)

Sky “Lil” (Main Character) – Age unknown, “hair ain’t close to being good so I keep it in a real real real tight ponytail until the sun get so hot I jump in & cool my sadness down” (p. 7), boring eyes (p. 28), mother is on drugs and not at home (p. 21), father is in prison (p. 29)

Lay Li, Given Name is Liliane – Best Friend, pretty (p. 4), “got that good hair so she don’t care if it’s wet & loose.” (p. 7), bangs (p. 143)

Curtis – Lay Li’s Boyfriend, pretty boy (p. 1), light-skinned (p. 3), hazel eyes (p. 9)

Essa – Lil’s older sister, pronounced “Eee-sah” (Page 8), the smart one (p. 36), dimples & moves like royalty (p. 41), different father than the main character (p. 60)

Tyrone – Basketball Summer Program Player

Adam – Basketball Player

Miss Irene – White hair & a permanent scowl (p. 17)

Inga – Lil’s older cousin, “bun wrapped tightly in a knot at the top of her head” (p. 40), 5’11 & tallest in family (p. 63), community college student (p. 64)

Shawn – Lay Li’s First Real Boyfriend

Samantha, Octavia, Teeja, Tiffany – Lay Li’s Friends

Grandma Maxi

Auntie Renee – Inga’s Mom

Clifton – Lil’s Boyfriend, Tyrone’s cousin, brown eyes & 5’11 (p. 42)

Ms. Meeks – 4th Grade English Teacher

Mr. Wacobi – Teacher

Tre  – Neighborhood Youth

Teneisha – Neighborhood Youth

Liz & Leah – Lay Li’s Younger Twin Sisters

Adrian – Schoolmate, Lil’s first kiss, smells like fresh-cut grass and hay (p. 102)

Angel – Schoolmate, “her baby hair was eco style perfect,” light green eyes, bone straight ash-blond hair (p 98), pretty but acts like she doesn’t know it (p. 110), wears her ponytail to the side (p. 111)

Darius – Angel’s Boyfriend

Kiyana – Lil’s Friend

Andre – Kiyana’s Twin Brother

Ronique, Russ, Serenity, Justin, Irving, Raymond – Neighborhood Youth

Dre – Basketball Player

Uncle Lenny


Fun Facts:

There are pop culture references including Zendaya, Skai, Storm, Megan, Nicki, Beyoncé (p. 2), Luther Vandross (p. 46), Iman, Eva, & Naomi (p 128), Method Man, Missy Elliot, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Lisa Leslie, Steph Curry, Misty Copeland, Drake, Fannie Lou Hamer, Oprah, Cardi B (p. 162)


Suggested Reading: Books by Elizabeth Acevedo, Nikki Grimes

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