The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

I never pegged myself as a fan of Young Adult fiction, but I am coming to learn that I just have a distaste for Young Adult fiction that incorporates supernatural elements. I loathed Twilight, but I loved The Fault in Our StarsThe Tiger’s Curse was a painful, painful experience, but The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was truly delightful. Delightful feels like the wrong word to use here, because the story is something of an emotional roller coaster. Nevertheless, it is well-written with an unforgettable narrator, and for that reason, it’s something that young adults should be reading. Continue reading “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie”

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Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom

Steal the North tells the story of Emmy Nolan, a sixteen-year-old from Sacramento sent to live with her aunt and uncle in eastern Washington for the summer. This is all fine and dandy, except Emmy had no idea that these relatives even existed. Moreover, they primarily want her to come because they need a virgin to participate in their fundamentalist faith-healing ceremony to keep Aunt Bethany from miscarrying again. Ahh, there’s a another problem: Emmy isn’t exactly a virgin, but declaring this to all involved wouldn’t exactly improve her situation. Personally, the whole “we-need-a-virgin-for-our-ritual” thing is a bit disturbing, but none of the characters seem too phased by this minor detail. Continue reading “Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom”