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

  • Plot- or character-driven? Character


This book starts off interesting - Rain's best friend, whom she had a crush on, dies suddenly. And so she has to cope with her loss while working as a photographer for her town newspaper, taking pictures of the controversial Indian Camp.

Unfortunately, everything about this book fell flat for me. The characters were uninteresting and the plot was all over the place.

My biggest issue with the audiobook was that the narrator lacked emotion. But maybe that's not the narrator's fault and more of the author's doing as the characters lacked emotional depth coupled with an incredibly slow-moving and boring plot. There was also too much going on (far too many subplots) but at the same time, nothing much was happening either... This is very much a character-driven story with an incredibly dull character, making it extremely difficult for me to feel invested in Rain or her struggles with grief and her identity (which were themes that weren't fully fleshed out, IMO).

Although the main character is entering high school, the writing style is very juvenile and seems to be catered toward a much younger, middle-grade audience.