Very poorly written; junior high school level; for young adults.
First I have to say what a marvelous cover this book has. Wow--does it ever capture the experiences of the main character as she crosses into different segments of society. Beautiful artwork.
I didn't realize until halfway through the book that each chapter was a different story that was well placed behind the chapter in front of it. I see now that the title says GLASS BEADS Stories. I was happy that it had a lot of dialogue, although I was exhausted by the very extensive use of the word f*****. It just wore me down. The experience of these girls throughout their lives was eye opening and to me discouraging, but I was glad to see whenever they overcame obstacles in their lives. This is a book definitely worth reading.
*Glass Beads* is a near-perfect little book. It's got the frame of a saga - following two couples from their early years on a reservation, through college, and into their adult years. But, it's under 300 pages, and reads like lightning. And, it's jam-packed with all the drama you'd expect when you follow two couples whose histories are so intimately intertwined.
But, far from being a simple, dishy read, *Glass Beads* is also a gritty, beautifully crafted rendering of the lives of Indigenous youth in the 90s and aughts. It grapples with the legacy of colonialism with a fearless elegance and intersectional sensibility. *Glass Beads* is a great pick for a vacation, a book club, or as a virtuous yet dishy distraction.
The story of friendship between two aboriginal friends: Nellie and Julie and their boyfriends. The story spans over 2 decades. Its a beautiful, somewhat sad, story, well written and definitely worth reading.
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