The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Monday, 23 December 2013
Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Author: Sherman Alexie
Rating: 4/5 stars
Release Date: September 12, 2007
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Format: Paperback Edition
Goodreads Average Rating: 4.13
Age Group: 12+
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I've seen this book everywhere, and it is known as one of the best teen novels of the decade. I finally picked it up, and I really liked it. It's hilarious and you could tell that things like this actually happen in reality. I needed a contemporary novel, and this was the perfect one. I've never read a book about Indians, so this is a first.
Sherman Alexie has created an awesome ruling character over Junior. I really liked him and liked to hear his thoughts on everything that was going on with him. Most people think that boys aren't really emotional or have true feelings, but through Junior, I really realized that they do and it's good to read a book through a male's perspective for once. These days, we don't really get to see that a lot.
I found this book to be hilarious, riveting and captivating. Loved it. Keep an eye on for Sherman Alexie, he's ruling the teen world!
Posted by Michelle (A Thousand Lives Lived)