Flight by Sherman Alexie

December 12, 2013 Coming of Age, Time Travel, Young Adult Fiction 16

Howdy Bookworms,

Remember how I went on a crazy Cyber Monday shopping spree snapping up ALL THE DIGITAL BOOKS?! One of those books was Flight by Sherman Alexie, and holy cats, was it a doozie!

flightAlright, so there’s this kid who calls himself “Zits,” right? Poor guy is 14, in foster care, and suffers from a severe case of acne. He is half Native American, his father is an absent alcoholic, and his mother died of breast cancer when he was 6. Zits has been stuck in the system and wreaking havoc on the Seattle area for years. When we meet Zits, he’s in a foster home of the “we want the monthly stipend” variety. Instead of playing nice in his new surroundings, Zits goes out and gets himself arrested.

The way he sees it, jail is preferable to yet another crappy foster home. On this particular journey to the slammer, Zits meets up with another juvenile delinquent calling himself “Justice.” Justice seems like he’s got his life in order (at least from Zits’ perspective) and they team up. Only Justice? That guy’s got some ISSUES. He manages to convince Zits that they need to start a revolution… A revolution that will be kicked off by Zits shooting up a bank.

Zits is in the midst of his murderous rampage. He perceives that he’s been shot in the head, but instead of dying, he is taken on a Quantum Leap style journey through time and space. (I KNOW!) It sounds crazy, and it is pretty crazy, but it was SO GOOD! You know I’m a sucker for time travel, and jumping into someone else’s body? Well, that just turns things up to eleven! Seriously y’all. Never once has (what I assume to be) Proactiv made me cry. Until today. Wowza.

If you could jump into someone else’s consciousness, whose brain would you want to get inside? You’ve got all of history to pick from, Bookworms. Let’s hear it!

*If you buy a copy of Flight from a link on this site, I make a few cents. Let’s face it. Cents/Sense is something I could use more of. ALSO, did you enter my giveaway yesterday? Take a little scroll down. Free book!*


16 Responses to “Flight by Sherman Alexie”

  1. Didi

    Well this one sounds really good. I loved Part-Time Indian so I’m sure this one will be good too. If I could get into somebody’s brain it would have to be Michelle Obama. What a fantastic First Lady in every sense of the word. Would love to know what she’s thinking.

  2. Jennine G.

    Diary of a Part Time Indian was pretty good, but this does sound really different! Sounds like one I can put on my classroom bookshelf too!

  3. Tiffany

    Sherman Alexie doesn’t like far from where I went to college and I have been to a few lectures that he has given. He’s such an interesting fellow.

  4. Megan M.

    I can’t decide between John Green and Rainbow Rowell. I would probably pick Rainbow, let’s be honest. But I would love to see how John Green thinks, too.

    • Words For Worms

      Good choices! I don’t think I want to be in Rainbow’s head… I think I just want to hang out with her. RAINBOW!!! Call me! There will be nachos, Rainbow!

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