Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The

Sherman Alexie
In his first book for young adults, 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 acclaimed artist 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2019-11-21

for reread Nov 2019

I wanted to cry by page, like, 30, so that's something (the part where the teacher is telling Junior he has to run away from the reservation, and Junior thinks "I have to multiply hope by hope"). It's interesting that the sister is such a strong character, despite us never seeing her at all. No interactions with Junior, no words of her own. I remembered that Eugene dies. I think because he was the most fun, and yet he still dies. That's bleak stuff. It's a bleak book. Alexie's problematic views toward women come through loud and clear here. Ashame.

Reviewed: 2018-12-30

When I first read the book, I gave it five stars. But things have come to light since then. I urge you, dear reader, to check out this blog post. I am not qualified to comment, so I ask that you listen to those who are.

https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2018/02/an-open-letter-about-sherman-alexie.html

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