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

Alisa B, October 19, 2013

You can say I'm sheltered. I am from a middle class background and am blessed to live in a nice area. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie opened my eyes to many the challenges living in a different environment would present using the voice of his humorous young narrator.

The narrator of this novel is named Arnold, but he is called Junior by his family. He is an Native American living on a impoverished reservation. Junior was born with too much cerebral fluid in his brain leaving him with a lisp and overly large head marking him as an outcast from the start. He transfers out of his reservation school to an all white one and manages to change the way the students at his school and the people on his reservation view the world. At most times Junior is a wisecracking, mocking narrator, but at times he delves into deeper things with great insight such as when he talks about his poor financial situation concluding that, "poverty doesn't give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No poverty only teaches you about being poor" (13).
It was easy to connect with Junior because he ruminates on things that all teenagers would such as his lack of a girlfriend and deals with problems that people in all walks of life face such as the death of loved ones.

This novel is funny a yet still manages to touch on serious matters. However it took me one sitting to read, so I would recommend this to someone looking for a light hearted, easy book to pass the time.
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