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.
The narrator was fantastic. His true vibrancy was a tribute to the character, Arnold Spirit, in the story. I've caught myself using the some of the twang of his verbal pronunciation.
Why, Arnold Spirit, of course. But I did love the way he found his way in the all white school. The way the children were good to him, despite his differences and the way he describes people in a way I've not necessarily seen them before, but in a way that I have, as well. I'm listening to it again.
No I haven't but I sure will.
The way Arnold Spirit spoke of the way some white dad's can be in the room but never really there.
This is the first book my 17 year old daughter and journalism student has ever listened to on audio and caught her attention and to enjoy enough to listen to.
What a great book! Sherman Alexie uses his own sing song speaking style to tell a story so close to his own. It's about a boy who doesn't know much about the world outside his own but is certain that he doesn't belong where he is. Strangely, it reminded me of Gordy in Stephen King's The Body. The boy needs to leave his home to become who he truly is.
He tells his story with the emphasis on certain sections that you wouldn't know or necessarily put on your own. His voice is unique and genuine.