A review by maple_dove
Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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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