Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Publication Date: September 12, 2007
Versions: hardcover, paperback, audio

Summary (from goodreads):
With his first foray into teen literature, acclaimed author Sherman Alexie packs a punch in this absorbing novel about a Native American boy searching for a brighter future. At once humorous and stirring, Alexie's novel follows Junior, a resident of the Spokane reservation who transfers out of the reservation's school--and into a nearby rich, all-white farm school--in order to nurture his desire to become a cartoonist. Junior encounters resistance there, a backlash at home, and numerous family problems--all the while relaying his thoughts and feelings via amusing descriptions and drawings. Having already garnered a National Book Award for Young Adult Literature, this moving look at race and growing up is definitely one to pick up.

Junior lives on the reservation with his parents and goes to school with all the other indian's that live there. No one really likes Junior due to his odd looks and the different activities he participates in. But Junior is sick of going to school on the reservation and wants to go to a school with more opportunities. The school he decides to attend is full of people who at first don't understand him but the longer he sticks it out-the more the kids start to admire his bravery.

This is one of the most funny books I have ever laid my eyes on. Sherman Alexie is full of wit and humor which he added graciously to this book. I laughed out loud at least every other page. The plot is truly interesting and will hold your attention.

Will I reread it?
Probably not, but I did really enjoy this book. And if you want a great laugh-I definitely recommend this because that is exactly what you will get. Full of hilarious cartoons, and witty humor-The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a wonderful novel.


Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I gotta read this. I love Native American stories.

Mrs. DeRaps said...

When I read this aloud to my students, they laugh out loud. My heart breaks every time I read it. I just love this book. Thanks for the review!

Super said...

I just finished this one a few days ago, and I loved it! I agree with you about the humor - I was laughing out loud!