Beware of the hype

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Did I like this book? Yes. Did I love it? Not really. Can I appreciate what the author was trying to do here? Absolutely. Although I thought this was a unique story that I hadn’t heard told before, it did not live up to the hype for me. I am not a huge fan of young adult fiction, but there are some that I have read that are outstanding so I am always willing to give it a try. This story is set in Northern Michigan and I loved that I was familiar with a lot of the towns, traditions, and references. I have not read many books focusing on Native characters and their culture and I enjoyed learning about their tribal customs and laws. Boulley’s descriptions of the powwow, the traditional dress, and the meanings behind the embellishments were so interesting. The author also peppered in Anishinaabemowin words and phrases throughout the book. By the end I began to recognize some of it! Without sharing any spoilers, here is what I didn’t like: A romantic relationship blossomed that made no sense to me, the crime fighting was a little hard to believe (but one moment really warmed my heart!), and a sexual assault occurred that was very casually addressed. What I liked about this book definitely outweighed what I disliked, therefore I would recommend this book. But beware of the hype!