book review

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

Goodreads: 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 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 really liked Junior. He and all the characters were very realistic. My one issue with Junior is that he seemed a lot older than fourteen at times. Although this has one of my least favourite tropes (loser nerdy guy dates the popular girl), it’s such a good story, and it covers so many topics in so few (230) pages… Racism, poverty, alcoholism, death, friendship.

This book is fast-paced, and full of twists. At times things almost happened too quickly. The illustrations were super cute and a delightful surprise.

Why is this a banned book? Junior is written as a very real teenage boy. He talks about boners and boobs, and he and his best friend call each other names.

I recommend this to fans of Stephen Chbosky and John Green. By the way. It’s going to be a movie with Hugh Jackman.


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