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Ricochet River by Robin Cody
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really liked it

As a lifelong Oregonian, this book hit me close to home. Cody really captured something specific about small, rural towns in this state. There's a particular way of doing things, and the people who don't really fit in struggle the most and face a lot of discrimination.

With the narrator's voice being the town's star athlete, a young white boy on the edge of the rest of his life, it's difficult sometimes to see where the dark stereotyping of the town ends and the commentary on it begins. The book is largely about the protagonist's friend Jesse, a young Native man, and how he sticks out like a sore thumb in the town. Sometimes he takes on the dumb but noble archetype, and, while I think it's the author's commentary on stereotyping and bias, it's not always clear enough.

The book really captures small-town Oregon in a unique way and has some captivating characters, such as the protagonist's girlfriend Lorna, a girl with a snaggletooth who wants to escape the town.
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June 9, 2018 – Shelved

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