Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Last week I held a poll on my blog as to which book I should read first of the ones I picked up. It was between this one: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Forest Born by Shannon Hale. I ended up reading this one because several people said that Forest Born was like the fourth book in a set (didn't know that, thanks for the heads up).
I had mixed feelings about this book (it seems like I've been saying that a lot lately). But obviously, since I'm reviewing it, overall I liked it. I felt like the message of a 14 year old boy rising above a life designed to keep him down was inspirational. It was an honest story that brought out the hardships that Native Americans face--poverty and alcoholism, a system designed to keep them down, and discrimination. The way Alexie laid out these issues was brilliant because he did it through humor and drawings. But he also showed us through the sad times as well.
So you're probably wondering what I didn't like about it then. Well, for my taste, it was a little crude. I would've loved to let my 11 year old read this book when I was through with it because of the issues and lessons it taught about how people mistreat each other. But the language and sexual content of it, although real, didn't add a similar "teaching moment", like the other issues he brought out did, and in my opinion didn't serve a purpose in the story.