The Way

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Chris Porto writes, Joseph Bruchac’s The Way focuses on young Cody LeBeau and his life.

Joseph Bruchac’s The Way focuses on young Cody LeBeau and his life. At first, Cody is the stereotypical geek at school. His life is lived as a loner, but he finds interest in one thing more than anything in the world, martial arts. But, Cody’s dreams of being an “all-powerful super ninja” are his only ways of escaping his fate of being harassed by his peers. As his life at high school gets worse, an uncle he’s never heard of comes by to visit, and his life is never the same again.The Way is an enjoyable read, but some times the plot is so uneventful that there’s no reason to turn the page. Cody and classmates don’t act like typical high school students; the ways they’re represented are far too unrealistic to be able to help the book’s serious tone. The problem is the characters are forgettable at best. A good book shows character development and flaws. It’s the human element that Bruchac has failed to capture and there’s not a likable character in the group. I could care less about Cody’s bad times, as there was no connection between reader and character that so many great books create. The book is also far too short to incorporate any kind of description. It’s just a story.The book comes from an interesting idea. The story is in first-person, so there are thoughts that are shown to the reader. I like how Bruchac shows Cody’s emotions almost every page. His transformation from geek to hero is a simple story of good versus evil.Overall, The Way was fun to read and the interesting plot held a few plot twists, but it’s not something I’d want tovisit again. I give The Way a four out of ten.

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