Ahmed Mokhtar Mokhtar de Burhanuddin, Bangladesh
Effrayant comme de la merde.
I bought this in the airport as something to read on a long trip. It was a perfect length and an enjoyable read. Junior has one misery piled on top of another; some congenital health and cosmetic issues, a low ranking in the high school pecking order; a first-rate brain in an educational setting that doesn't honor it; a family plagued with alcohol issues in a culture similarly plagued and the whole economic and emotional depression of growing up on the Rez. But Junior's recounting of his miseries in the self-mocking and ironic manner I've found in some of Sherman Alexie's other narrators makes the misery tolerable and there's much fresh air to be found in the way he presents the story. It really is a young adult book which is why I only gave it 4 stars. Maybe that wasn't fair.