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Two Princes

(When We Were Young #1)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  14 reviews
To win over the chief’s haughty son, a drug-dealing punk from a dysfunctional family must risk the only two things he has: his reputation and freedom.

Billy Redsky, a rebellious punk who loves art and nature, is saddled with a welfare-leeching, alcoholic mother and criminal older brother who are the joke of their Ojibway community. Sick and tired of being perceived as a los
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Published June 12th 2020 by Devine Destinies
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Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Chi’miigwech to Maggie Blackbird for the review copy!

Two Princes was a really enjoyable read for me. It’s the first instalment of the When We Were Young series and I felt Blackbird (Ojibwe) dealt with a lot of important subject matter ranging from addiction, cultural connection, systemic issues and how they fail Indigenous folks, sexuality and grappling with identity as an Indigenous teenager.

This is my third time reading Blackbirds writing and every time I’ve read her work the connection betw
Joyfully Jay
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Two Princes is a young adult story featuring a main character and love interest who are both indigenous and queer. Billy Redsky is fifteen and lives on a reservation and is bisexual; over the course of the book, he embraces more of the traditions of his people. René Oshawee is sixteen-going-on-seventeen and the son of the band’s chief (from context, I gathered that “band” is the general term for the indigenous group who lives on/is connected to a reservation) and
Karolina Cebula
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Billy Redsky is an artistically talented boy who comes from a pathological family, which affects his everyday life, behavior and choices. He just wants to be noticed at school, impress people he admires in some respects, in particular this one boy – René Oshawee, the son of the Ojibway community's chef. One day, Billy and René's heated argument ends with after-school detention and that's when everything in their life slowly begins to change. Although Billy and René are so different from each oth ...more
AND 1515
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
That's just how he saw things....

by and1515

His family wasn't anything to be proud of they seemed to make it their life's mission to throw as much dirt and muck on their name so everyone knew they were nothing but trash.
For the last year he'd been pedaling his brother's stupid product for chump change.
Honestly Billy knew even if there been any jobs available no one would hire him once they heard his name.
And of course he missed the school bus this wouldn't be the first time he'd been late and it
Josh Dale
The story is based on a indigenous reservation and the surrounding nature. The world is very immersive and brought to life by the main character Billy Redsky his foster family.

We start with Billy a 16-year-old, who through no fault of his own is forced to sell drugs to his school mates or face severe kick ins by his elder brother. His mother a a drunk and is either out with her latest boyfriend or laid up in a drunken stupor. Billy survives on the money his brother gives him for selling the drug
KL Cassanello
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Billy's been placed in temporary emergency foster care while his family situation is evaluated. Ned and Ellen are wonderful foster parents to Billy. They lay out their expectations immediately, and also what they intend to do for him in return. This is Billy's first real opportunity to learn of his indigenous heritage, which excites him. He has a developing friendship with Rene, who's two grades ahead of him in school, and comes from a wealthy family. As they find out what they have in common, B ...more
Janet Hunt
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had a hard time getting into this story for some reason. This was my first time reading anything by Maggie Blackbird. Billy is rebellious, he deals drugs for his brother. One day he misses the bus and is offered a ride by Rene who he wants to impress. His family is a mess (that is putting it politely) nothing to be proud of. Billy and Rene get into an argument and end up in detention. They slowly become friends. This was actually a really good, hauntingly beautiful story.
I am voluntarily leavi
Ida Umphers
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Billy and Rene are wonderful characters and the story of their relationship is both lovely and heartbreaking. What I enjoyed even more in this story were the glimpses we get of what their life is really like, however, Billy's family has all kinds of problems exacerbated by drink, drugs and some folks who have lots of problems, but we also see that the system, both inside and outside the Ojibway community, which should be there to help all the family, fails miserably. This book makes you want to ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Intrepid. So many different meanings for one word, but it is the perfect description for defining Billy. He is undaunted, in what he wants or who he wants. He is young in years but old in spirit, and this was a beautifully written story. Listening to mother by the whistle of the wind, the sigh of the trees, the calm of the air. It is a beautiful way of centering yourself and remembering you are a part of something bigger and more awesome than yourself.

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Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book created an immersive world from the perspective of a teenage boys, living on a reservation, and dealing with their sexuality and budding relationship during a time it wasn't widely acceptable. The dialogue was intriguing and the connection between the two boys, Billy and René. The circumstances each boy finds themselves in kept me reading this book and I finished it in one sitting. The romance is a slow burn, which you expect from a YA book, but it's handled in a realistic way. A lovel ...more
Brenda Moser
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a slow burn teenage romance between Billy and Rene. The author brings a realistic romance with two people who are opposites and weaves a story for the young adult. She does a beautiful job describing her scenes in detail and brings out the emotions along the way starting at friendship into dealing with their sexuality and young love. It's well written,moves fluidly and is an interesting story. Great read for the YA group.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this re
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Both Billie and Rene' are young men trying to survive the restraints where they come from place on their lives. They seem like opposites that attracted but they make sense as they together not only make a them work but allow one another to work through their individual issues. Good solid first book in this series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jeanne Richardson
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read several books written by Maggie Blackbird; she has done a great job at writing a good book; she is becoming one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read more of books her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Billy and Renée were absolutely the best. They come from two different worlds and are so different in contrast to each other, but still make it work.
This one gave me all the right feels with a sweet school romance.
Looking forward to reading more from this author.
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An Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario, Maggie resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes. When she’s not writing, she can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up a ball at the golf course, fishing in the boat for walleye, or sitting on the deck at her sister’s house, making more ...more

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