I loved this book. It humorously and touchingly points out the struggles Arnold has growing up on a reservation near Spokane, and then transferring to a white school in ninth grade.
I absolutely loved this book and have devoured it twice in my studio after purchasing it a week ago. I love the narrator and the story is an impeccable roller coaster. It will have you laughing and crying within minutes of each other. Why did I wait so long to read Sherman Alexie? Why didn't I just do it sooner?
The narrator is wonderful too, I could listen to him forever.
How is it that the most mediocre and sub-par books are the kind that always end up in education?
If you don't HAVE to read this for school, there is NO reason to ever waste time reading, let alone waste money buying, this book.
I don't know who these authors have to blow to get the cash flow of getting there books into education, but I can guarantee this book isn't being taught for it's merit.
This novel is either crude and unintelligent and constantly switches between the two. It's impossible to identify a moral or theme in this novel. It switches between having and not having meaning. Nothing feels consistent. If I were to describe it perfectly, this novel is absurd.
This novels only redeeming value is its occasional expression of the protagonists individualism in a world governed by the idea of "race".
I thoroughly DO NOT RECOMMEND.
I couldn't stop thinking about the story and the character. makes you look at life on the reservation from their view, it was unforgettable, funny and serious altogether. I loved it, fell in love with the characters and relationships and will probably buy a physical copy to keep around the house for another read.
I'm an adult that enjoys the occasional YA novel. This story was sweet, funny, and sad - the first book I've read about modern life on a reserve. Would definitely recommend it to others.
if you can handle more than 1/2 hour of the narration, you are a better person than I
not in the first person
I wanted to scream
I heard about this book though teacher friends and students, but never got around to reading it. The narrator/author took some getting used to, but overall he proved perfect for Junior's voice, which makes sense, since I'm sure much of this was autobiographical. Some authors aren't great readers of their own work, but this audio really had me laughing out loud- and crying too. Really great read!
I cannot say enough about this book. I love that the author reads it, given that it is in the first person and he knows how he felt about what he was writing. It really comes thru. I am now re listening to this with my granddaughter, who is 12 years old. We listen each day as I drive her to school. She is the type to inhale a book like this in a few short hours, and then is on to the next book. Listening to it in a slow broken up way, gives her time to think about what she is really getting out of this story. She is totally in love with you Sherman! She has a father that is an alcoholic, and some of the parts that are coming up will be very helpful to her. I know, because they helped me.
Anyway, the strength and determination that this young man has to not be pushed aside is awe inspired. His thoughts about his grandmother make me want to be a better person. All of the sadness in his life, would for some people, make you just lie down and give up. These tough times, in the end, just seem to make Jr stronger.
Love, love, love this book!
I love to listen to American books. Following the plot, keeping track of personal developments and intrigues while walking two miles to work
Sherman Alexie reads his own book. And Sherman Alexie is not a professional actor. So after a couple of weeks, I restarted my smartphone... and was committed to getting accustomed to his somewhat rough voice. It was definitely worthwhile. A very nice coming of age story of a group that is very well known to us, but from another perspective. This is not a John-Wayne-versus-the-Apaches-story, but a story more from within. Sometimes it's really funny, sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's glorious, but most of all it is gripping. and Sherman Alexie's voice gives this story an extra dimension...