My 11 year old daughter and I really enjoyed this book. Jim Dale does an excellent job of making this classic come alive. His character voices are clear and provide personality without distracting from the pace of story. You might recognize similarites in a few characters if you listened to many of the Harry Potter books.
I have a daughter going to college in Texas this fall. Thought I would pick up a book to learn a little about the Texas culture. I got a little of what I was looking for. It started out fun with an perspective of the Alamo and the politics of wide open spaces. It took a strong left turn as it went on. Gail Collins was an easy listen, however I think to give one state with a group of of characters credit for so much change is a bit of a leap. I think you could probably write the same book about about characters in some Eastern states and one state along the great lakes that begins with I. Still a fun listen for those who aren't offended by listening to the left agenda.
Great narration, good story, and memorable one-liners for those who listen closely. The book puts you in the head of a 16 just turned 17 yr old intelligent American born Indian girl growing up in Jersey the summer before her Senior year in high school. It speaks to adapting to your culture but it's more than about being Indian.
My daughter " just liked the book" . For me it was a multi-cultural snapshot - Indian, high school, college, big city- and a reminder of high school Summer days, the journey of self discovery, and the importance of being connected to family and friends.
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