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Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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maple_dove's review against another edition

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lighthearted relaxing sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This book is quite relaxing and most certainly oriented towards middle schoolers, which is maybe why I didn't enjoy it all that much.

Rain is an American Indian who picks up photography again after her friend and crush, Galen, dies to due to a car collision.

I really appreciated the character development in Rain. She matures by the end of the book and realizes her feelings sometimes blinds her to the truth.

This book also comments on anti-Indigenous racism as well as other forms of bigotry (briefly), like antisemitism and anti-Black racism.

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andrewhatesham's review against another edition

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lighthearted medium-paced


Sadly, this was a bit of a disappointment. I didn't think the plot or writing was very good. I can't tell if it's meant to be YA or Middlegrade (on TSG it's marked as children's and YA?) because the writing style and pacing feels very juvenile, but the main character is a 14/15yo, and there are a few things in it that I felt push the boundaries of a middlegrade book. Yet the overall plot felt immature.

Another thing that confused me is the time period, it felt like historical fiction (90s), but then they mention phones and texting. There's an author's note at the end and it turns out, the book was originally released in 2001, but this is a new version with tweaks to make it more modern. It says you wouldn't notice even if you've read the original, but it still felt a little off to me, as a new reader.

That being said, I wouldn't NOT recommend this. It just didn't click with me. If my expectations were set in a different way, I might have liked it more. But it happened that I fully expected it to be a book for a much younger audience and I was wrong.

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