Archive for September, 2009

September 17, 2009

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

I should state upfront that I’ve got a pretty serious crush on Sherman Alexie. Even without this crush, I’d still say I loved this book.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is about Arnold “Junior” Spirit at a time when his entire life changed. He draws comics and loves basketball. One day, he finds his mother’s name in his school textbook, and this is the catalyst that drives him to enroll in the nearby all-white school, leaving his family & peers on the reservation confused and hurt(especially best friend, Rowdy).
Junior is on a journey and it’s a journey like most of us are on: sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes heartbreaking.

I’m not going to say it the perfect book because no book is absolutely perfect. There are some parts in it that may not be suitable for younger kids/teens(Junior masturbates) and there is a portrayal of white kids not being so nice to him at his new school. Having seen Sherman Alexie speak in person, I expected this. He seems to hold nothing back and says what he wants, no matter the venue. It’s one of the things I love about him. He has opinions and is not afraid to share them.

All in all, if you like Sherman Alexie, you will probably like this book – it shares many of the same themes found in Reservation Blues and Sherman’s sense of humor is riddled throughout. I think it is pretty standard YA fare and well worth your time.