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5.0 out of 5 stars Adolescent Connections, October 7, 2007
This review is from: Flight: A Novel (Paperback)
Sherman Alexie reaches out to every adolescent who has ever felt isolated, alone, or embarrassed about themselves. The protagonist, Michael (or "Zits") embodies the very essence of adolescent behavior: he lashes out against authority; he seeks acceptance and friendship from a boy that shares similar beliefs; he speaks in a tone and voice that is a perfect replica of most teens today; and, Zits searches for his identity at a point in his life which mirrors when most teens are uncertain of who they are. Each of these important life experiences offer the reader a chance to connect to this dynamic character.

The language that Sherman Alexie uses really is sophisticated, relatable and engaging. Zits uses foul language to protect himself. Basically, the language Zits uses serves as a defense mechanism, and in turn, shows his reluctance to open his heart. Zits usually reacts with statements like, "You bet your plopping a** I'm laughing at you," (15) when he wants to avoid conversations or agitate someone. This is by no means the crudest of his language usage, but for this review, I chose to keep it as clean as possible. Check it out to see what other hostile comeback responses Zits responds with.

As a future high school English teacher, I am a little reluctant to use this book during the beginning of my career because of the crude language used at times, but I would definitely recommend this book to all tenured teachers who want to share endless conversations about adolescent behavior.

For those readers out there that just want to curl up with an engaging quality read, I recommend this book to you as well.
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Initial post: Sep 4, 2009 5:03:55 PM PDT
To a newer teacher -- I teach Native American students and I have taught this book; the students' reactions are amazing. They love it. Now I offer it as one of their choices for independent reading, because even as a veteran teacher I was worried about the language -- especially since last year one of my students read it to her parents on a long car trip. She said her parents asked, "What is this teacher having you read, anyway?" Out of all the books I've ever had my students read, this is their favorite, though. I have taught several Sherman Alexie books, but this gets the most laughter, sadness, and interest. Some students have started reading because of this book -- and that's the highest compliment I can give a book.
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