I was quite interested in this book for a long time, but I wasn't always sure whether I should buy it or not. So, I was happy when I saw it at my school library!
First, to give you my general opinion, I gave this book 3.5 stars.
It was quite alright, but could catch up on my expectations.
But I would like to start with the things I liked!
The idea and the concept of the book really intrigued me! Also the book contains great illustrations! And it was really fast paced and easy to read!
Of course, there were some really good parts in the book, for example the conversation between Junior and one of his teachers.
Also, I want to mention that I read the book with Markus Zusaks foreword. And this was amazing!
But, unfortunately, all these good parts were completely ruined for me, because I didn't like Junior at all! He annoyed the crap out of me! Every time I started to like him, he had to ruin it with something very stupid.
I really liked all of the side-characters more than I liked Junior...
He was such a cliché teen boy and I mean a really annoying teenage boy. For example, he just fell in love with a girl, because she's beautiful.
Also, the whole book was, in my opinion really cliché and sometimes even pretty unrealistic.
Junior wasn't really popular. He wasn't popular at all. Than he went to another school, suddenly fell in love with this girl, because she's beautiful and than completely unexpected they were in a relationship. Well you can't really call it a relationship, Junior was happy because she's beautiful and he's popular now because of her. By the end of the book I didn't really know something of her, except that she's soo beautiful!
And something really surprised me. The author itself, Sherman Alexie, is a Native American.
So, I don't really understand why, during the whole book, he used the cliché of the drunk, aggressive
Native American. The picture I got from Native Americans wasn't really a positive one!
This is a spoiler, if you want to read the book, you probably should not read this.
Another part which really annoyed me was that there were three deaths in this book.
And for me they had no purpose at all. His grandmother died, the best friend of his father died and even his sister died. And it really felt like they were only dying because, you know, bring the theme of death into the book too.
Also character development was like zero.
So, I only gave this book 3.5 stars because I kind of liked the writing style, the idea and some parts of the book