Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
I read this book for my Adolescent Lit class.
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What can I say? This was a fabulous book.
I thought this was one of the most hysterically honest YA books I’ve ever read. Nothing felt sugarcoated. It took up issues of death, masturbation/sex, racism, poverty with a dark sort of humor that was really appealing to me. It had me crying of grief and laughing at the same time. Beyond that, it forced me to face a lot of my own privilege and problematic views which hadn’t ever been challenged.
I gave this 4.5 stars on Goodreads, mostly because this wasn’t my favorite book, and not because I had any huge issues with it. Even though the language is pretty colorful, it never felt gratuitous, pointless, or unnecessary; it was just reflective of both the time period the story takes place and the circumstances described.
Give it to your parents. Give it to your children. Give it to your friends. Buy ten copies and pass them out to strangers. This is a very important book.