Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed "Monkey Beach" by Robinson when I read it, and I found "Son of a Trickster" to be even more engaging and entertaining. My main appreciation comes from how much I enjoyed getting to know the main character, Jared. While he lives in an incredibly complex world, and struggles to maintain his sanity in a dysfunctional environment, his compassion and essential desire to do the right thing make him someone I wanted to spend more time with as a reader. I also found the world that he inhabits (everything from Jared's family life to the bizarre reality of high school) to be riveting and believable. While I don't have the experience to personally validate the authenticity of a fictional Indigenous 15 year old boy's life, I do know a number of teenagers who read it and really connected with both the characters and the setting. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy!