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

Review by: Sam S.
Colorado, Grade 7

I have never gone to an Indian reservation, nor have been called racist names. But in Diary of a Part Time Indain really puts me in the shoes of Junior, the Protagonist, and his struggles. He is a poor Indian boy who has to persevere through life. This novel takes place on an Indian reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. Junior faces the struggles of transferring schools and the racist people who are at the school.
Junior is a funny, strange, and quite a weird character. Sherman Alexie really tries to emphasize his traits. He is someone who is very attached to his Indian tribe. He is always talking about family who means everything to him. Junior is best friends with Rowdy and does everything with him
This novel is all about being in your teenage years, and does everything a teenager would. Things inappropriate and appropriate. He transfers schools and loses his best friend, he faces bullying, and everything bad that you could think of in high school. He then falls in love with a girl named Penelope and after a while, they are dating. He makes it on the varsity basketball team as a freshman and shortly becomes a star. He then faces an uphill battle against his old high school, Wellpinit.
There are many themes in this novel, but mainly perseverance, racism, and to keep going no matter what. The novel is a realistic fiction with all components of high school, such as romance, mystery, and trouble.
The novel is very disturbing at some points, and is very funny. The writing style is one like a fourteen year old boy would write. It is a great way to learn what years will be like in the future or to look back at the funny years of being a teenager.
The racist part of the novel is really terrible. If you do not like that type of language, or context, I recommend to not read it or just skip over it. It is bad toward the beginning, but people start to appreciate him more throughout the novel, because they find out he is not as rich as they thought he was, and once they find out he is poor Junior talks about how he needs to overcome the insults and he gets through them just fine.
Other than the racist parts of the novel, it is very good and shows you the good and bad sides of life. It is great because he lives almost a normal life and it is sometimes easy to relate to some of the problems. There is a limit of the age when you could read the novel, but other than that, it is very good.
The novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, won the National Novel Award for Young People’s literature. As of right now, it has only gotten one award. Sherman Alexie is a poet, writer, and filmmaker. He has a lot of history with Native Americans, he grew up with the Spokane Indians and any other tribes. He was born in Wellpinit, Washington and has made several novels and movies.


The racist part of the novel is really terrible. If you do not like that type of language, or context, I recommend to not read it or just skip over it. It is bad toward the beginning, but people start to appreciate him more throughout the novel, because they find out he is not as rich as they thought he was, and once they find out he is poor Junior talks about how he needs to overcome the insults and he gets through them just fine.
Other than the racist parts of the novel, it is very good and shows you the good and bad sides of life. It is great because he lives almost a normal life and it is sometimes easy to relate to some of the problems. There is a limit of the age when you could read the novel, but other than that, it is very good.

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