“Skylar is my name, tragically.”
Sixteen-year-old Skylar is witty, empathetic, sensitive–and mute. Skylar hasn’t uttered a single word since his mother died eleven years ago, a senseless tragedy he’s grateful he doesn’t have to talk about.
When Skylar’s father mysteriously vanishes one summer afternoon, Skylar is placed in the temporary custody of his only remaining relative, an estranged grandmother living on an Indian reservation in the middle of arid Arizona.
Adapting to a brand new culture is the least of Skylar’s qualms. Because Skylar’s mother did not die a peaceful death. Skylar’s mother was murdered eleven years ago on the Nettlebush Reserve. And her murderer left behind a son.
And he is like nothing Skylar has ever known.
This is a must-read book! Seriously, it’s highly recommended for those who like GLBT and ‘coming of age’ categories!
Actually I’m afraid of telling anything about this novel, because I know that I won’t be able to convey the feelings it aroused in me. But I’ll try anyway.
Story and Characters
First, the book has a fantastic atmosphere. I like to read about places where people live like in the old days. Mostly there is no electricity and cars in the reservation, and because of it the atmosphere is very peaceful; everyone is relaxed, unhurried, they do their work, and entertain themselves with simple things. But the most important thing is that they care for each other and they’re ready to help at any time. It goes without saying there, and it hurts to see that we just ignore each other here, and do nothing for people who need help.
Secondly, I like the innocence that permeates the love of the two main characters, the slow and tentative overture, the uncertainty, but most of all that endless naturalness that there’s no problem at all with being gay. Girl-boy, or girl-girl, or boy-boy. It simply doesn’t matter.
Thirdly, I have to mention the beautiful communication between the characters. I was always impressed by the sign language, and I desired to learn it. It’s strange to imagine someone who doesn’t ‘speak’ the sign language, but can understand others who can’t speak otherwise. Rafael doesn’t know the signs, still he can understand Skyler; he knows exactly what Sky thinks and wants to say. It’s so sweet, so extremely powerful.
And fourth… I really don’t know. Just read it! It became a favorite for me. It’s not a perfect book, or action packed, but it doesn’t matter. The atmosphere is captivating and that’s simply enough. It’s a beautiful and honest story, full of deep feelings that warm your heart.
Song recommendation: Best of Indian’s songs – Núcanchi Nan – Mohicans (I liked to listen it during the book very much.)
The e-book version is beautiful, but the picture doesn’t fit the story. There are two kids on the cover, but the novel is about two teen boys. So… where did this picture idea come from?
And the paperback version is… just nothing. It won’t bait the readers. It’s kind of sad because it’s a really good novel, one of the best among my 2013 readings.
See my favorite quotes in Daily Quotes from 881 to 883.