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

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

Last year I read a few of Sherman Alexie’s short stories and found them funny and honest. I hoped to find more of that in this novel and I was not disappointed.  In this novel, I follow a young Junior around his life as he navigates his first year of high school. Junior lives on the reservation and he is excited for his first year of high school, but when he gets to school and is dismayed at the quality of education that he is getting he takes matters into his own hands. He decides that he is going to go to the white high school that is just outside the reservation. This causes tumult within him as he struggles with himself, having to decide if he is betraying or empowering himself. This is a coming of age novel, but it was not just a regular old coming of age novel. This is because it tackles more than just the regular identity crisis of entering high school. This tackles the difficult and often times hard to discuss issue with the treatment of Native Americans as well as the different stereotypes and expectations that are lumped along with the harsh treatment. I liked Junior’s blunt statements and harsh truths. This is a must read as it helps show the other side of what is often only seen through sports mascots. On top of all of the difficult topics that are discussed, Alexie keeps the book funny and full of surprises (good and bad).

 

$9.57
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