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I received this Arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review I really wanted to love this book I really wanted to love it because not only is it own voices m m but it is written by an indigenous author Sadly, the prose was awkward The plot dull and generic And the characters flat This book was exceedingly disappointing and it pains me to say how much I disliked it This book is also a movie, and by my understanding, the screenplay came first So maybe, fingers crossed that is beI received this Arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review I really wanted to love this book I really wanted to love it because not only is it own voices m m but it is written by an indigenous author Sadly, the prose was awkward The plot dull and generic And the characters flat This book was exceedingly disappointing and it pains me to say how much I disliked it This book is also a movie, and by my understanding, the screenplay came first So maybe, fingers crossed that is better Maybe everyone else is exactly the same, and he s the one that s been exchanged for another version of himself, one that s attracted to guys, one that sees spirits and deals drugs to teenagers Score 77%I received a free advanced digital copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is extremely well written, and now that I know it s based off a film directed by the author, I can understand that In it, we get a great insight to culture on an Anish Maybe everyone else is exactly the same, and he s the one that s been exchanged for another version of himself, one that s attracted to guys, one that sees spirits and deals drugs to teenagers Score 77%I received a free advanced digital copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is extremely well written, and now that I know it s based off a film directed by the author, I can understand that In it, we get a great insight to culture on an Anishinaabe reservation in Canada The interweaving themes of tradition and sexuality and loss.Even though this was so lovely to read, I had two major problems with it One, the characters were very unlikable I especially really did not like the love interest Now, it s definitely great to have characters who aren t perfectly good, characters who reflect real life But, it made it very hard to sympathize with everything that happened Did I sympathize Yes But only after a while.My second problem is that it s virtually plotless There are things that happen, but not until the second half of the book The first half is pain and sorrow and dealing with being gay, and that s fine Really, it was beautifully written and entertaining The problem, again, lies within the characters Since I didn t like them too much, it was hard to enjoy even the spaces of nothingness.However, this is a really quick, lovely read I think it definitely benefits from the beautiful prose and the realistic characters and situations It s not a happy book, but it s real.Trigger warning for suicide and mentions of rape pedophilia. This is definitely an important story, but unfortunately the execution wasn t phenomenal This is the novelization of an award winning film of the same name, which I m curious to see. This book was provided for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a hard book Like really, really hard so hard that I had to put the book down and stop a few times because the darkness is thick and relentless and creeps up right when you think it might finally be going away But it s a well crafted story that never takes the easy way out and ends on a realistic note for its young characters and tumultuous setting.An our voices read, this story is by a Canadian First Natio This book was provided for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a hard book Like really, really hard so hard that I had to put the book down and stop a few times because the darkness is thick and relentless and creeps up right when you think it might finally be going away But it s a well crafted story that never takes the easy way out and ends on a realistic note for its young characters and tumultuous setting.An our voices read, this story is by a Canadian First Nations author who, according to his online bio, knows all too well what it means to be a part of a group with skyrocketing suicide, alcoholism, and addiction rates while still trying to maintain a culture that so many people want to see disappear Transition is a major theme in this book the transition from childhood to adulthood, from hiding to coming out, from home to outside, from old ways to new ways The protagonist, Shane, isthan ready to get off his reserve and into a new life as a college student in Toronto, but his ex boyfriend, David, who he still loves, wants to find a way to remain on the res and keep his culture alive Shane is still struggling after his sister Destiny s suicide, and his strained relationship with his girlfriend Tara, who deals with intense abuse in her own home, threatens to keep him away from the future he s so carefully constructed in his mind On top of everything else, Shane finds out there s no money to send him to college, and his house is falling apart on top of his depressed and withdrawn mother Shane s community doesn t want him to succeed, but that is isn t always on purpose He is looking at a bigger picture outside of the reserve, while the family and friends he s known all his life are tying to make it work inside It s never easy and often heartbreaking, especially since you can tell Shane still has a deep connection to his culture that cannot be wished away with big city plans There s no lack of detail involved in describing Shane s everyday life the intense poverty, the familial abuse, the date rape, the alcoholism, the lack of community resources for mental health and education It s just his life It has always been that way And seeing him try to claw his way out of it, page after page, is distressing, exhausting, and sometimes feelslike punishment than a satisfying character arc.After a particularly devastating climax, I was ready to move on from this book I m not a squeamish reader, and I don t abandon books just because they re sad or difficult that sort of defeats the points of plot and conflict But the infliction of pain on these young characters needed to give way to something else, and it didn t quite get there until the last quarter of the story It is ultimately rewarding, well done, and fitting for the narrative, but it takes a while to get there, and I imagine it will be too much for some readers readers who have both experienced similar events and cannot even fathom them.This book is technically an adaptation of the film of the same name by the same author I haven t watched it yet, but I can definitely see how this book blends into somethingcinematic The dialogue and the way the scenes and imagery flow together make it read like a script at times not a bad thing, just different I also think the climax of view spoiler Tara s suicide hide spoiler will be an extremely tough moment to watch.Jones is obviously a skilled writer who doesn t pull his punches He knows these characters, knows this setting He s good at visuals and dialogue, but also with those quiet moments between characters This is a tough story, especially for younger readers, but it s worth it ( EBOOK ) ☩ Fire Song ⚕ How can Shane reconcile his feelings for David with his desire for a better life Shane is still reeling from the suicide of his kid sister, Destiny How could he have missed the fact that she was so sad He tries to share his grief with his girlfriend, Tara, but she s too concerned with her own needs to offer him much comfort What he really wants is to be able to turn to the one person on the rez whom he loves his friend, David Things go from bad to worse as Shane s dream of going to university is shattered and his grieving mother withdraws from the world Worst of all, he and David have to hide their relationship from everyone Shane feels that his only chance of a better life is moving to Toronto, but David refuses to join him When yet another tragedy strikes, the two boys have to make difficult choices about their future togetherWith deep insight into the life of Indigenous people on the reserve, this book masterfully portrays how a community looks to the past for guidance and comfort while fearing a future of poverty and shame Shane s rocky road to finding himself takes many twists and turns, but ultimately ends with him on a path that doesn t always offer easy answers, but one that leaves the reader optimistic about his fate The End of Ignorance: Multiplying Our Human Potential Destiny How could he have missed the fact that she was so sad He tries to share his grief with his girlfriend The Virgin Cure Tara The Selector Of Souls but she s too concerned with her own needs to offer him much comfort What he really wants is to be able to turn to the one person on the rez whom he loves his friend Take One Candle Light a Room David Things go from bad to worse as Shane s dream of going to university is shattered and his grieving mother withdraws from the world Worst of all Madeline and the Gypsies he and David have to hide their relationship from everyone Shane feels that his only chance of a better life is moving to Toronto The Selector Of Souls but David refuses to join him When yet another tragedy strikes The End of California the two boys have to make difficult choices about their future togetherWith deep insight into the life of Indigenous people on the reserve Still in the Hamptons: More Tales of the Rich, the Famous, and the Rest of Us this book masterfully portrays how a community looks to the past for guidance and comfort while fearing a future of poverty and shame Shane s rocky road to finding himself takes many twists and turns Saturday Night And Sunday Morning but ultimately ends with him on a path that doesn t always offer easy answers The Lynchings in Duluth but one that leaves the reader optimistic about his fate Originally published on Mass Consternation I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review If you ve read my other reviews, you ll know that if it s bad, I ll say so, regardless of how I received the book.Reading is an exercise in empathy an exercise in walking in someone else s shoes for a while Malorie BlackmanThis quote is one thing I love about stories There are so many things I ll never experience, but stories help me live lives that aren t mine Some are Originally published on Mass Consternation I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review If you ve read my other reviews, you ll know that if it s bad, I ll say so, regardless of how I received the book.Reading is an exercise in empathy an exercise in walking in someone else s shoes for a while Malorie BlackmanThis quote is one thing I love about stories There are so many things I ll never experience, but stories help me live lives that aren t mine Some are delightful, and some are graphically brutal Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones is the latter I can relate to not fitting into the community you re born into and struggling to break out of the norms But I am not native to either of the countries I ve lived in, and I have the skin tone that s considered normal That s why I thank Adam Garnet Jones for writing the screenplay, and then this book of life on a Canadian Indian Reserve.It s easy to be despondent or write off the real life people inspiring this novel Fire Song is fiction, but it s the story of hundreds of young adults It s hard for Shane to follow his dreams He wants to go to university in Toronto and learn urban development to come back and help his family and the tribe Except his sister recently committed suicide the latest in a long list of tribe members to do it or be murdered , his mother can barely function in her grief, he has to choose between using the insurance money from his father s death to cover university or replace the rotted roof on his mother s house, his secret boyfriend is in the tribe Then his girlfriend announces she s leaving with him, and funding for university is stalled because of tribal memberships and budgets And the adults in the tribe see the city as a terrible place and don t want him to leave.Fire Song is written with two voices It s mainly Shane s story as the primary narrator, but we also have his girlfriend, Tara s diary entries The mix works well They both have hard lives, and Tara describes her confusion with Shane Doesn t he want her He s not that physical Then we have Shane s side Being gay just isn t done on the Reserve and Shane s careful that no one finds out about David He knows what he wants, but feels it s not possible Shane can t be himself when he needs to support his mom And he s processing his sister s death He knows his friends are asking why didn t he stop it He s asking himself the same thing Why didn t he see it I suppose I should have added a trigger warning earlier This story is brutal and real From the time chatting with a Boys and Girls Club director on a Tulalip reservation in Washington state, and also from movies like, Once Were Warriors, Fire Song tells similar stories Physical abuse is rampant As is drug and alcohol abuse Suicide is seen as the only way out The behavior is cyclical and hard to break Shane is told that because he s smart, he could get a job in construction To the speaker that s as far as he can imagine Academia is so foreign, he just can t imagine it.I regret starting Fire Song immediately after A Thousand Perfect Notes Both stories are so well written, and the characters in both have such harsh experiences that I had to put Fire Song down for a few days Emotionally it was too much I recommend both novels, but be warned they aren t warm and fuzzy But for a spoiler, both end well This was quite a slow book but it needed to be slow somehow The subject matter is heavy and weighed down the reader a lot Shane, the main character, deals with suicide, depression, sexuality, addictions, mental illness and violence, all within a culture struggling to survive There are few rose coloured glasses here That said, the author has some beautiful turns of phrase and spectacular metaphors that seem to lift the story I m It sure I m being clear enough but I really recommend this This was quite a slow book but it needed to be slow somehow The subject matter is heavy and weighed down the reader a lot Shane, the main character, deals with suicide, depression, sexuality, addictions, mental illness and violence, all within a culture struggling to survive There are few rose coloured glasses here That said, the author has some beautiful turns of phrase and spectacular metaphors that seem to lift the story I m It sure I m being clear enough but I really recommend this one i just want to give everyone in this book a big hug and tell them that everything will be okay Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones surprised me The intensity of the subject matter, the things I learned, the poetryyes there is poetry It all made for a great read Shane is dealing with the death of his sister Destiny committed suicide, and Shane didn t expect it His house is falling apart, his mother barely leaves her room and the only solace he gets is being with David, a friend of his late sister s who he has a secret relationship with Shane wants to come out, he wants those in his com Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones surprised me The intensity of the subject matter, the things I learned, the poetryyes there is poetry It all made for a great read Shane is dealing with the death of his sister Destiny committed suicide, and Shane didn t expect it His house is falling apart, his mother barely leaves her room and the only solace he gets is being with David, a friend of his late sister s who he has a secret relationship with Shane wants to come out, he wants those in his community to know he s gay, he doesn t care But David does David especially cares about what his grandmother thinks So Shane is forced to stay in a relationship with his girlfriend Tara, while he tries to find a way to leave the reserve and go to Toronto for a better life But things get complicated, Shane is pushed to do things he rather not and tragedy strikes once again Then Shane is forced to see what truly matters and hopefully rebuild everything he broke.Gosh, this book hit me hard I finished it in a few hours It was so encapsulating that I couldn t put it down Shane was such a complicated character He was one of those justified heroes The ones that say I m going to do what s rightI m going to do what s right then does what they know is wrong because it s for the greater good, or for a means to an end You understood why he did certain things, but you didn t necessarily agree with them Yet, you think to yourself how can I judge because the truth of the matter is, you may never have will have to be in his shoes Then there was David who just wanted to be there for him, but he was dealing with his own internal struggles and what people thought Especially the people he cared about I really loved Tara s character She was deeply internally flawed, but you couldn t help but feel for her the entire book She wanted love She wanted it so badly she chose to ignore how absent Shane was when he was with her It hurt Shane even sad to say, led her on and it was not coolThe only thing that matters is that she loves him And he cares about her too it s not all fake Maybe they can make it work Of course they can It could be worse This book was filled with heartache and determination It was lovely It is something that everyone needs to read To help you understand what life is like on the reserve, to really see the palpable effects of grief and depression as it progresses To really understandabout the world around you Prepare to have your heart turned out.They say to make a good story, you have to take your protagonist, stick him in a tree, and throw rocks at him If that is the case, then Shane, in this story, has a lot of rocks being thrown at him The book opens with the suicide of his sister, and his world goes downhill from there Plus, he is trying to get to college, and the band the tribe has no money for him to go, because of technicalities, and lack of money Plus he is in love with his best friend Prepare to have your heart turned out.They say to make a good story, you have to take your protagonist, stick him in a tree, and throw rocks at him If that is the case, then Shane, in this story, has a lot of rocks being thrown at him The book opens with the suicide of his sister, and his world goes downhill from there Plus, he is trying to get to college, and the band the tribe has no money for him to go, because of technicalities, and lack of money Plus he is in love with his best friend, David, plus his mother is still mourning his sister, six weeks after he death.With all that going on, he doesn t know how he could possible come out.If this sounds as though it is too depressing to read, I have to admit it reminds me of how I almost didn t finish reading Oliver Twist, back when I first read it Things had gone so badly for him, I couldn t imagine how he would ever be saved Like that book, this one makes it look as though there is no way out, which is often how things are when you don t stop to think.Through it all, Shane has such eloquent ways of saying things I kept marking quote after quote as being so special Here are some examples Maybe he saw her as nothingthan a stick of kindling to be burned But if he had grown up here, he would know that even a stick of firewood is filled with a spirit that can t be burned awayOrSome songs are like a heartbeat that fills up the dark, empty places inside you with light, but today this song feels like sex.The story feels very real, and very raw Suicide is a very real problem amongst First Nations people, and this book does not tread lightly around it.It is not a light read, but it is a good read, and I think it should be read It was also, first a movie, by the same author I will seek it out.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review