Book Review–The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie



This is the 89th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.


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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Illustrated by Ellen Forney)
Published September 12th, 2007 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers


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.




Witty, endearing, and bittersweet. I’m even more intrigued now that I’ve learned that this story is a semi-autobiography by the author. Alexie did a wonderful job with the voice of the character, Junior, as well as fleshing out the characters and writing a memorable story. The cartoons were also a nice bonus.

While there were a few weird parts, I cannot believe this book has been challenged so much. It’s inspiring, heartfelt, and refuses to gloss over the hard truths in life. This book has showed me what it is like to be a Native American kid living on the reservations. My heart is breaking.










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