I had had this book on my wish list for quite a while before listening to it. I guess I hesitated in downloading it because it's written for young adults (and I'm definitely an older adult!) and it sounded like it might be a "downer" book that I would have to be in the right mood to read. How wrong I was! I am so glad that I read it since it gave me a look into the plight of Indians living on the reservations and the success story of one of them. This was a heart warming book that showed a boy's courage and fortitude in the face of difficult, trying circumstances. I have certainly recommended this book to lots of my friends and have even checked Mr. Alexie's website to see if he will be making guest appearances anywhere close to my home. I would surely love to meet this remarkable man.
I just loved the audio edition of this book...but you don't get to see the drawings.
When I saw the book, I realized what I was missing. But if I didn't know there were drawings, there would be nothing missing at all.
It is one of a kind in my mind.
Sherman Alexie is so real and self-deprecating and funny. I liked every word of it.
The narrator had the singsong voice of an American Indian. The story took you from laughing to tears. It also helped me understand how poverty has its own culture, and sometimes the people in that culture can be the biggest barrier to breaking out of poverty.
The most memorable moment was how terribly the Indian crowd at a basketball game treated the protagonist of the story, all because he was trying to make more of his life.
There were countless scenes that were my favorite. How do I choose?
Yes. I bought it for a long drive, and I found that I hated to stop for gas!
Amazing! I would recommend it t anyone.
This was really fun. Quick painless listen, I listened to it all the way through without a stop. Enjoyed the emotion, and point of view. Believably sincere and endearing narrator. Not overly vulgar story of teenage years. Happily not a memoir written by someone steeped in victim mode. I've recommended this many times in the month after listening to it.
This was a really, really funny book and nobody could read it better than the author. It is also really sad and is a good listen for anyone who would like to know more about reservation life. I heartily recommend it and I think it is one of the best memoirs I've ever read, or I guess, listened to.
Maybe the rules for fighting.
This was one of the best books I ever read/listened to. It was truly wonderful.
Great read for the money - got it for $1/hr. It was fun and short, and well told. It's about relationships, family, culture clash, alternative perspectives, inclusion and exclusion, love of ethnic background with all it's positives and negatives, yet reaching out to explore life's alternative paths. It's about courage, persistence, and life's struggles. Recommended for men and women. The narration (as well as the prose) gave it authenticity.
I listened to this book with my 11-year-old son and we both enjoyed it so much that we didn't want to get out of the car each day. At first, the narration was somewhat difficult to listen to, but after just a bit, we found that it was the PERFECT voice to bring the main character to life. The story itself was well written and interspersed with humor, sadness, and hope. When the book ended, my son and I both groaned... and immediately started looking for another by Sherman Alexie. I would recommend this book to any parent who is looking for a good, solid book to share with their pre-teen or teen. It is entertaining and insightful, and it provides many opportunities for discussions about life, death, love, hatred, friendship, failure, and perseverance. Amazing!!
A very simple, well told and honest story.
At first I thought I was not going to like this book because of the reader's unusual voice. However, after awhile, I was hooked. The voice was perfect for the character.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone.
True to life
Junior/Arnold – the protagonist and narrator –because he was brave, honest, and funny.
Don't have a single favorite scene.
I had two. The first was to the reader; I found his voice and inflections hard to get use to at first. When I got used to it, it was perfect.
The second was recognizing (yet again) how difficult it is, in so many ways, to escape upbringing, especially when that upbringing peripheralizes one from birth and because of birth. And even when opportunities do exist to escape, those who choose/are able to do so have also, often, to leave behind family, friends, community. So hard.