Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published September 12th 2007 by Little, Brown Young Readers

“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 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 thought he was destined to live.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Alexie’s YA debut, released in hardcover to instant success, recieving seven starred reviews, hitting numerous bestseller lists, and winning the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.” –Goodreads

This was a great book about going beyond the limits others set for you and what your “future” should be based on other people’s opinions and the past, and this book was about succeeding and becoming something more. I really enjoyed it. The art was pretty good and it added to the story. The basic theme of the books was to overcome your limitations, and that you can even if you are the “loser”or “geek” and have a brain injury since you were born.

Overall: 3.5 out 5

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