Thursday, January 16, 2014

YA Book Review: The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian

Book Title: The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian
Author: Sherman Alexie |WebsiteTwitter| 
Publisher: Little Brown YA
Genre: YA Fiction
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Format: Hardcover, Paperback & Kindle
Cost: $13.55 H, $12.54 P, $8.89 K
Pages: 288
How I got it: Library
Purchase:Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Shelfablilty: Must Read
Season: Banned Books Week in September
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In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.(
I absolutely loved it. Mostly because I could relate to his struggle of wanting to belong at the same time, needing to be more.  His struggle was well written and evocative , the pictures made me laugh and think and rekindled my love of native studies, but also shamed me especially with the funeral scene; it made me angry as well, that scene showed the utter disrespect that others have for cultures they don't truly understand, but pretend they do.

This books brought up so many good and valid points that seem to be universal to all those who are oppressed.  The fight to have hope, the question of what is success, who defines it and why.  Generational oppression and the wounds people still carry, so much so that there no longer needs to be majority holding us *the universal minorities* down, as we are doing a fabulous job ourselves. As evidenced by the people who made fun of him for wanting more, for even thinking he's worth more.

I consider this a definite must read!!! I would recommend this to everyone, young adults, and adults, should read.  Alexie makes this a wonderful,hurtful, educating , and entertaining read. It's a definite recommend to read.

Happy Reading my loves

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