Review: Book: Rain is Not My Indian Name- Cynthia L. Smith

Title: Rain is Not My Indian Name

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Cynthia L. Smith

Publisher: Heartdrum

Genre: YA

Page Count: 144 Pages

ISBN: 978-0380733002

Author or Book Website: – Cynthia Leitich Smith

Link to Amazon purchase page: Rain Is Not My Indian Name: Smith, Cynthia L: Books

Link to Goodreads: Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

In a voice that resonates with insight and humor, New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith tells the story of a teenage girl who must face down her grief and reclaim her place in the world with the help of her intertribal community.

It’s been six months since Cassidy Rain Berghoff’s best friend, Galen, died, and up until now she has succeeded in shutting herself off from the world. But when controversy arises around Aunt Georgia’s Indian Camp in their mostly white midwestern community, Rain decides to face the outside world again, with a new job photographing the campers for her town’s newspaper.

Soon, Rain has to decide how involved she wants to become in Indian Camp. Does she want to keep a professional distance from her fellow Native teens? And, though she is still grieving, will she be able to embrace new friends and new beginnings?

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book gave me hope for the future. Being Native American myself I did not find many characters in book to relate too. I was in college before I found books with Natives in it. Rain in this book is going through a lot. She has is just coming into herself and she assumes that her friend is going to be there through it all. That is not the case and Galen passes away. Leaving her to grieve and mourn in her own way. She pulls away from the world and the community around her that is mostly white. This book shows a lot of growth and one finding that inner strength to rejoin the world. It made me feel good.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

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