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


Fabulous book! Funny, entertaining, thought provoking story about a teenage misfit. In the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Arnold Spirit aka Junior, is not your typical misfit. Yes, he is kinda dorky (he has a disproportionately large head and feet), wears thick glasses and gets beat up a lot. The different twist is that Junior is a Spokane Indian living on a reservation. I didn’t feel too sorry for Junior though – he is so strong and determined and real. Junior has a revelation that leads him to believe that his life will be doomed if he attends high school on the reservation. He decides to transfer to the nearby school of Reardon.

The author, Sherman Alexie gives you a detailed look inside the life on an Indian reservation and why remaining means loss of hope for Junior. Perhaps most entertaining is the cartoon illustrations that accompany parts of the story (not unlike “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”). Alexie fills his story with colorful characters and much insight into the history and culture of Native Americans.