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

Review by: Stephanie L.
Colorado, Grade 7


The book the Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, written by Sherman Alexie, it a very invigorating novel. It conveys the point of view from a young Native American boy named Arnold Spirit Jr, also known as Junior. When reading this book, itís very easy to tell the difference between our world and Juniorís world. Winning several awards including the National Book Award and New York Times bestseller, it greatly portrays the harsh environment fulled of racism and oppressiveness toward people of color, and in this case Native Americans.


The imagery in this novel is well thought out. When reading this book the author isnít just writing words down on the paper for you to read, but he depicts the environment where the books is set so thoroughly, that you feel like you are a part of the story. Using detailed imagery and vocabulary the author gives his audience a clear perspective of a poor and hard filled life of the boy, Junior.


The book definitely has a various number of different characters and unique personalities within them. Junior, a fourteen year old boy, portrayed as the main character, plays a sizable rule in this book. He was born with a prodigious amount of cerebral spinal fluid, causing seizures and a number of other disorders. Nevertheless, Junior does not let his brain disorders affect the way of his personality. In fact, he spends a lot of his time studying, finding joy in books and educational topics such as Math, History, and other subjects. He doesnít have a large amount of friends, but he has a very close friend named Rowdy. Rowdy is also living a tough life. Abused by his father, and feared by everyone else, Rowdy finds comfort in spending time with Junior and his family.


This book is appropriate for the audacious reader. If you are interested in a stirring comedy, than this is the book for you. Just put in consideration, that this book contains a vast amount of incongruous language. Though the words might have poor grammar in it, it is convenient for the teen audience. The plot is based around telling the thrilling life story of a young boy through his eyes. It finishes with a disconsolate ending.

To conclude, this story has a magnificent plot line and a touching ending. It holds the elements that makes a marvelous tale. It is highly suggested, by readers and perfect for teen minds. That concludes the adventures of the Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.


It has a lot of uncomfortable language

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