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If I Ever Get Out of Here

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Relatable tale of music-loving Native Tuscarora boy in '70s.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+
The story of a boy who is bullied because of his ethnicity is one that I usually enjoy. But as a Christian teacher, I was torn as I read this. While I liked the story (and yes, I understand that it's set in the 70s), I was disappointed by the use of drugs and the inferences to boys reading porn and being aroused by it. Kids might not notice these things, but I don't like taking a chance with it when presenting books to my son and my students.

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Lewis' struggle to fit into White-dominant spaces away from his reservation home while remaining connected to his family and culture is realistic and relatable. In If I Ever Get Out of Here, Lewis is a likable narrator who develops strong bonds with friends over shared musical tastes while also navigating significant racism and income obstacles. The extensive and minute details about 1970s music culture may confuse or bore some readers, and much of the plot and characterization is exposed through some fairly awkward dialogue, especially in the beginning. Still, if readers can stick with the first half of this novel, they'll be rewarded in the second half, when the plot gets going and Lewis starts to resolve his problems.

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