Blog Tour: The Green Indian Problem by Jade Leaf Willetts

Hey guys! Welcome to my spot on The Green Indian Problem Blog Tour. I would like to thank the lovely Will at Renard Press for being so kind and sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Green Indian Problem by Jade Leaf Willetts centres on (official blurb): “Set in the valleys of South Wales at the tail end of Thatcher’s Britain The Green Indian Problem is the story of Green, a seven year-old with intelligence beyond his years – an ordinary boy with extraordinary problems: everyone thinks he’s a girl. Green sets out to try and solve the mystery of his identity, but other issues keep cropping up – God, Father Christmas, cancer – and one day his best friend goes missing, leaving a rift in the community and even more unanswered questions. Dealing with deep themes of friendship, identity, child abuse and grief, The Green Indian Problem is, at heart, an all-too-real story of a young boy trying to find out why he’s not like the other boys in his class.”

The Green Indian Problem does such a good job at tackling so many important, impactful and life changing themes throughout (disclaimer for major trigger warnings throughout this book) such as abuse, illness, religion, death, friendship, identity, grief, murder, violence, etc. I love how throughout this book there are elements of LGBTQIA+ especially when it comes to Green’s journey of finding his identity and trying to prove to many individuals within his life that he is a boy and not a girl.

The main focus of this book really did tackle some of the hardest things that human beings/individuals can experience. As I stated above they range from violence, child abuse, death, terminal illness, grief, murder, etc all whilst being told through the eyes of an innocent young child and the effects these themes have on Green and it just made this story even more impactful, important and ultimately poignant. The author did an absolute fantastic job at writing this book and portraying the story of a young boy who experienced/witnesses some of the heaviest and most terrifying themes within society.

I loved how Jade Leaf Willetts used the theme of colour within The Green Indian Problem. Green often used colour throughout his story to not only represent his own name but also to describe situations and scenarios that have occurred as well as people within life. For example: Green often used dark colours such as black and grey to describe anything bad that happened in his life, family and community. Then he used lighter/brighter colours such as pink to represent anything good that happens because these colours are normally linked to happiness. Another really good example of colour playing such an important role throughout this story is the fact that Green himself changes his name from Jade. In a way this was Green’s way of showing his true identity and who he really was to the people he loved in his life.

(Photo of book is my own and blog banner is the property of Renard Press so please do not copy/take without permission first).

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