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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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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 synopsis

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  • Good read all the way through Oct 28, 2011
    by DustinK

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    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.

  • good message May 7, 2010
    by cdilillo

    It had a great message but certainly geared toward a younger generation.

  • Great book for adults and young readers Jan 31, 2009
    by Xtine

    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.

  • Carry On Literature Nov 13, 2008
    by nomoremister

    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.

  • Heart-breaking and Triumphant Apr 23, 2008
    by SeldomSeen

    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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