Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The

Sherman Alexie
Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, is determined to take his future into his own hands and 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2022-01-02
I really enjoyed this book and the unique narrative with comics.
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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