I read this book in celebration of Banned Book Week. Of course I had heard about this book and it had been on my radar, but I hadn't picked it up and read it until now. I'm so glad that I was finally inspired to move it to the top of my list.
Like most banned books, this book was wonderful. I loved every single minute. Alexie is a moving and masterful story teller. He had me in tears in the second chapter. Seriously - tears. This book is funny, sad, insightful, and compassionate. It gives real insight not just into the lives of Indians on reservations but into the lives of those who are indigent, those who are hopeless.
It never ceases to amaze me what works of literature that the closed minded seek to keep from others, but this is a wonderful book for middle and high schoolers in particular to read. I highly recommend it. It's always a good idea to broaden your horizons - it's by far the best cure for ignorance and intolerance. I gave this moving book 5 stars.