In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the ...Show synopsisIn his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experience and chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live. It is illustrated in a contemporary cartoon style by Ellen Forney.Hide synopsis
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Review of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"
This book is great for all kinds of reasons. Reading this book made me interested in other books by the author Sherman Alexie. The thing I liked most about the book is the whole time I was reading it I was very eager to find out what happens to all the chracters, I think the author did very well in making the characters believable and likeable, I think character developement is the most important thing in any book, movie, etc. I was very suprised when I found out that not only is this Sherman Alexie's first young adult book but it also a biography of real events in his adolecent life. This only made me apperciate the book even more. While doing research I also found out that Sherman Alexie has work as being a poet, filmmaker and a comedian which deffiently shows in his writing because there are a lot of parts in this book that made me laugh or smile. Being a teenager my self I feel like the author knew exactly how to interest my age group and I would reccomend this book to anyone in my age group.
I bought copies of this for all my nieces and nephews for xmas this year, on our native and non-native sides of the family. They all loved it. I bought it for a few adults too--they were already fans of Alexie from LONE RANGER AND TONTO FISTFIGHT IN HEAVEN and RESERVATION BLUES (both brilliant, groundbreaking books), so of course they loved it too.
Alexie offers a silly and teary boyhood tale at a ninth grade reading level with a few jokes that hit below the belt. This book can satisfy your need for a quick dose of standup y/a literature with cute drawings, perfect for that two hour flight to Denver.
Mr. Alexie pulls no punches in this heart-breaking and moving coming-of-age story. Arnold Spirit, a young Spokane Indian, is one of the most vivid, tragic yet ultimately redemptive young characters since Huckleberry Finn. Like Huck, Arnold is born of poverty and tragedy and, as a rez Indian, he gets no breaks. Torn between his tribe and the a better future in the White world, Arnold often finds himself in no-win situations. His spirit, however, is undaunted and he triumphs over everyday repression with grim determination and self-deprecating humor.
Though billed as a young adult novel, this is a brutally honest novel. Mr. Alexie writes about alcoholism, violence, masturbation, and teenage lust in frank and uncompromising language (the F-word is used among many others). Though older teens will probably appreciate the honesty, younger ones (12-14) may be a bit too young for this one. Personally, I feel, it stands on its own as an excellent adult novel.
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