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Cynthia Leitich Smith "Rain Is Not My Indian Name" - 5/5

After Rain's best friend Galen dies, she shuts herself off from the world for six months, until she unwillingly gets involved in the Indian Camp her aunt's running that summer. For such a short book (it's not even 150 pages long) this is about a whole lot of things, though probably the two main themes are small town life and what it means to be Indian.

I picked this up pretty much based on the title alone, which just sounded really awesome. As I started reading, my first thought was oh, this is too teenagery for me, but I quickly changed my mind. It's definitely a young adult book, but I really enjoyed it a lot.

One thing I particularly liked, which was just a little characterisation detail, not any part of the plot itself, was that she's a fan and reads fanfic. I think this is the first book I've ever read with a protagonist who reads fic! And it's obvious the author knows what she's talking about, too.


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