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Fire Song

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  418 ratings  ·  103 reviews
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
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Annick Press
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Elle (ellexamines)
So the thing about this book is it’s… a good book that doesn’t go very far. I really dark and didn’t give me the emotional payoff I wanted from that darkness.

I hate saying this because this word has gotten emptier by the year, but this is actually a really important story. This story is ownvoices for both mlm representation and Native American representation. Culture and tradition is woven into the very fabric of this novel, along with a heavy focus on homophobia and drug use in these communitie
Jan 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 be
Cori Reed
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. ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Shane is still numb from the shock of his sister's suicide, Destiny.
It was all so sudden, so quick. How could he have missed all of the signs of her depression? And worse, his mother is slowly turning into a ghost, withdrawing from the rest of the world – and Shane. When Tara, his girlfriend, proves too absorbed in her own worries to comfort Shane, he turns to his best friend, David. But he is still too scared to tell the world about his relationship with David. That's why he wants to move away
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
4.5 ⭐️

Trigger warnings: homophobia, mentions of abuse, suicide, violence

This is as heart-breaking as it’s resilient. I haven’t seen the movie it’s based on, but I’m sure I would need a whole box of tissues if I watched it.

I don’t know why, but I always thought Indigenous people would be more accepting of LGBT+ people. Might be because they tecognise two-spirited as a valid gender. How wrong I was.

I’m not saying this is a representation of all Indigenous peoples, because it’s not. It’s a small pi
Autumn Byrd

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Content/Trigger Warnings: Loss of a loved one, suicide, grief, depression, cheating, homophobia, violence/gunviolence, drugs/
MJ (butchiebooking)
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
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rtc
i just want to give everyone in this book a big hug and tell them that everything will be okay
Bianca Smith
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Blackman

This 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
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones surprised me. The intensity of the subject matter, the things I learned, the poetry...yes 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
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
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Candid, visceral, and heart breaking. This book digs under your skin. The prose is gorgeous and vivid, expressing a complex range of emotions with precision and nuance. This book will hurt and then heal you.

there was one part that I felt uncomfortable about, which was a scene where the main character, Shane, thinks to himself that suicide passes your pain to other people, which feels like the kind of unhelpful guilt tripping that's supposed make people want to keep living but instead paints peop
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Consider this 4.5 or 4.75 stars. This is the best and most hard-hitting indigenous YA book I've read so far. At first I was a little distracted by the third person present tense narrative (which is my least favourite tense/pov) but the writing was beautiful and meaningful and the story was engaging enough for me to forget about that most of the time. This story follows a boy, Shane, who has just graduated high school and was looking forward to getting away from his reservation (in Northern Ontar ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, arcs, lgbtq
Wow, what an incredible piece of fiction that touches on so many and in some ways, uncomfortable topics as we follow along on this downward spiral of grief and the unintentional domino effect our actions could have on those we love.

I have never read anything that dealt with Native culture and so going into this book I was excited to see how that community dealt with some of the themes that play out over the course of this novel and it just broke my heart.

There was a sense of skirting around th
Jenni Frencham
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
When Shane's sister committed suicide, his mother withdrew into herself. She spends her days in his sister's room - doesn't work, doesn't eat. Shane is left trying to care for himself and his mother, but with no job and no money, how can he do that? He seeks solace in his girlfriend, but what he really wants is to spend time with his maybe-boyfriend, David. Shane is convinced that moving to Toronto would give him and David a fresh start, but David isn't ready for that much adventure just yet. Ho ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shane is dealing with layers and layers and layers of shit.

His sister just killed herself. His mom won't leave her bed. The literal roof of their house is caving in.
His love life is a tangle too. His girlfriend wants more. The person he loves won't talk about leaving the reservation with him. Shane is running out of options.

This does NOT read like a book based on a movie. Which is something I mean as a compliment.
Obviously it's critical that the director/screenwriter is the author here. Jones
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has no influence on my rating.

Also, this review is almost a month late. Sorry.

CW: suicide and rape

4/5 – When I finished reading this book, I wasn’t sure how to feel. I had a lot of complicated feelings about it at the time and I still do. I just want to say right off the bat, that I really enjoyed it. I also think it’s a very important book because it’s from the perspective of a Native who is part of the Anishinaabe trib
Michelle Huber
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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vanessa (effiereads)
An emotional tale of a young Indigenous boy, Shane, dealing with his sister's suicide, his mother's detachment from reality, and his own struggles to come out. As he yearns to escape the rez, Shane tries everything he can to get money for university in Toronto but the obstacles of life on a First Nations reservation keep getting in the way. This book brings to light the struggles of modern day Native youth, dealing with the scars of the past and the dismissal of aid and proper funding from the C ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a very very good read. I was completely invested in all of the characters, the world that was built around them was perfectly clear to me, without being overly descriptive, and the culture and daily life of Canadian First Peoples was portrayed wonderfully. This is a shining example of what inter-sectional literature can be. Shane and the rest of the characters go on unique and compelling arcs, showing the different parts of each of their personalities.
Trigger Warning: this book de
Clinton Read
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a powerful novel. I couldn't put it down. No one warned me that their would be triggers for Death, Suicide, Self harm, and many more. That took me a bit to get my emotions through some of those parts. I did have a few issues with the writing and with it was a bit better, but for a Debut novel by an Author who normally writes screenplays, I think he did a good job. This was a book written based on a movie with the same name. I will definitely be checking out the movie and also future wor ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A strong 4 star book right until the last few chapters, only because it wrapped up way too quickly compared to the rest of the book.
It's crazy because I read this book thinking the movie was based on this and I wanted to have the full background, only to realize halfway that the book is actually based on the movie..
Michelle Barker
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2018-reads
A beautifully written novel about grief and love and not fitting in. Every character is lovingly drawn and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. The author's insights into the angst of relationships were spot-on. Very well done. ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok

for about 75% of the book all I could think was: WHAT WAS THE REASON?? HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT THE STORY??

this book talks about a lot of issues, but was extremely sloppy and disappointing in how it was portrayed. ugh.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
i was so excited to read this book but once i opened it i wanted to cry. the way this book is narrated.. is the one style i cannot read. i was so sad . the idea of the story sounded amazing though
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is an emotional read that has so many components that tied into the perfect storm of a narrative.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Annick Press.

You can read my full review on ReadingMaria.

What interested me the most about Fire Song was the fact that it was a movie and now turned into this book – usually it’s the other way around! I did find some parts in the book to be more suited for the big screen, but it wasn’t a huge issue for me. The plot is so real, too. Suicide-prevention and school accessibility really aren’t available for
Enid Wray
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful slow little book. This presented itself like a like a little gift, which I unwrapped - slowly - and savoured. A sleeper (and a punch in the gut!!)… This is not The Marrow Thieves, but it is just as important a book. This didn’t come out and grab me. Rather, it drew me in and made me care, care deeply about the characters and what happened to them. It made me weep for everyone in the book and in the Indigenous community in general.

This story takes place in a part of the country w
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Over the last ten years, Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis/ Danish) has written and directed a series of award-winning films that toured the international film circuit from Toronto to L.A., Sydney, Berlin and Beijing.

Adam released his first dramatic feature-length film, “Fire Song”, at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. “Fire Song” went on to win the Air Canada Audience Choice Award at

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