I enjoyed the unique perspective of a bright teenager growing up on an Indian reservation in today's world. I liked how he seemed to be able to separate himself from the tribe and point out the inconsistencies, the poor choices that people just fell into, and also the sense of community. Sort of the good the bad and the ugly of reservation life.
The grandmother's funeral. I loved how he talked about the laughter, and how it is appropriate at a funeral.
This was my first
Too much realistic teenage boy stuff for my taste--kept me from rating it 5 stars.
Short memoir about growing up on an Indian reservation in rural Washington while dreaming of breaking out, even if that means the scorn of everyone left behind. Moving, funny, just great. I've already shared the book with multiple friends. (I didn't realize it was a YA book until after I was finished. It's great for adults, too.)
I'm glad I listened to this instead of just read it because Alexie's narration only deepened my enjoyment.
This is an amazing book. I laughed and I cried. Although aimed at teens, I would recommend this book for anyone. He gives a true picture of the life of modern day Native Americans living on reservations.
Say something about yourself!
Good story about relationships and following ones own path. The authors narration added to the book.
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.