The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 15, 2019

Hello everyone, this is the tiny astronaut again. Today I am going to share my reflection of the book "The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian”.
The story tells about an Indian boy named Ronald Spirit Junior who lives in the reservation and wanted to go outside of the Rez to have his dreams achieved. First of all, the personality of Arnold and his family are very hard to understand, I think that this is because of the influence of all the other people who also lived in the Rez. Even though the government had given the Rez money and support, people are still poor. According to the book, when Arnold decided to go to the school of Reardan his dad doesn't even have enough gas to drive Arnold to school!
The other thing is that there is hardly anyone who doesn't drink alcohol in the Rez. Well, alcohol can sometimes release your pain since most of the people in the Rez are in pain. However, people die easily because of alcohol. Without any exaggeration, perhaps yesterday you just made a good friend and today he's crushed by a car. Arnold was just a high school student and he has already been to 53 funerals! That is insane. If I were the protagonist and I had been through 53 funerals I think I'm just going to collapse.
This is a sad story but with a warm ending: Arnold is friends with Rowdy again; All Arnold's friends in Reardan have a good fortune etc. Also, the theme of this book is good and obvious: never give up, there is always hope. Star Rating: 3/5
@tiny_astronaut of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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SusyHendrix
Oct 01, 2019

One of the best coming-of-age books I've ever read. Funny and heartbreaking-- and so real.

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escaflo
Jul 29, 2019

This has got to be in my top five favorite books. Heartfelt, honest, hilarious. Great read for most ages.

Groszerita May 26, 2019

It's hilarious and it also has cartoons which I love!
Funny funny point of view from a young male teenager who lives in an Indian reservation. He decides to attend school at a high school outside of the reservation - where he will be the only Indian among white students. Because of this, he angers his best friend and most of the Indians in the reservation.

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whatcomhillwalker
Jan 30, 2019

Ah Sherman you dog. Loved the book, grew up with the characters, of course this wan't the Junior I knew, he was an old man by the time you wrote this. Hope this all clears for you.

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LINA ZHU
Jan 17, 2019

The book is extremely super funny to read it. I cannot stop laughing at it. And I can't wait to study this book in school and to play Kahoot Trivia game. :) :) :) :) :)

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susan_findlay
Jan 11, 2019

While this is fiction, it feels like a comedian's autobiography. It's chatty, and the narrator regularly pokes fun of himself and the situations he finds himself in. Incredibly authentic feeling. The author clearly knows what life is like on a reservation - whether through research or experience (I didn't look up his history to check).

Very similar in feel to Trevor Noah's Born a Crime (except that that book actually is an autobiography - and if you haven't read it yet, you should), Absolutely True Diary tackles issues of racism, poverty and culture clash in a very accessible and lighthearted way without diminishing their importance.

Highly recommend.

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booknrrd
Jan 10, 2019

One of my all-time favorite books. It is about a Native American teenager living on the reservation and dealing with all of the regular teenage stuff on top of family issues and reservation life.

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8412617
Nov 19, 2018

This book is lit! It talks about a lot of things that you may be able to relate to, also any available solutions for any real life problems you may be experiencing. True Diary is a book of a young boy names Junior who gets bullied by everyone but his one true friend Rowdy who likes to find fights. In his current school, he gets bullied and he feels like he does not get well educated so he leaves that school to go to another school where his life makes a change for the better...

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jm8574678
Nov 19, 2018

this book is about a novel
that has conformity in it
has alot of fighting in it
and it has a alot dislike and like

i think this is a good book because its funny a little bit
how they get in a fight

this would be good for my sister because shes loves
to fight alot
and argue .

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MusicPlayer_5
Nov 02, 2018

This book was about a kid named Jr. who lived on a poor Indian reservation with his poor family and went to a poor school. The school he went to was called wellpint, a very poor school on the Indian reservation, not to later on in the book, Jr. decides to transfer to Rearden, a more wealthy school outside of the reservation with a vast majority of white people and very little Indians. This book is very amusing and very interesting when it comes to how it alters the emotions of the reader, it's a very emotional book at certain times but it is also an extremely funny book to read. This is the very first book I've ever read by this author and I already love his style, this book is very original and I highly recommend it to those who have at least an average ready level with a good amount of maturity. You’ll love this book if you're into books that carry an emotional connection with the reader.

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asdfghjkl_11
Nov 02, 2018

My book is called the absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, it about Indian people who were poorer than the white people and the character of my is about an Indian boy who was in a poor family and then one day one of his animal friends was sick and they couldn't help him so he dies and when he was a kid he had a brain surgery he was lucky the doctor and his parent thought he was going to die but he made it. I feel that the book is the best book I ever read because it really makes me feel that I was in the books.no I have not read a book with similar themes, I feel this book compared to those who what to learn about Indian people in the past, yes i recommend because this book talks about people in the past that were poor and how they make it and being free from poorness.

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blue_chicken_738
Nov 02, 2018

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
Sherman Alexie

This book is about this Indian guy named Junior that has a friend that is really buff and beats everybody up. His name is Rowley. Eventually Junior left Rowley to go to a different high school named Reardan and it was a racist all-white school and Junior felt displaced. This one scene is when the prettiest girl in the Reardan high school her name was Penelope she vomiting near the bathroom Junior was in. So Junior knocked and waited for her to come out and she told Junior what was going on so they eventually became close friends. Everyone was surprised because junior was new to the school and not popular at all. Penelope's father Earl was very racist and said some racist stuff to Junior and was only letting Junior date her because he knew that she was trying to get on his nerves.

I really liked this book because it was really funny and it has a good story, for example, one time Rowley got so mad that he took a shovel and kept on hitting this minivan. All because Junior was leaving him for another school. After I finish this book I will read a lot of other books made by this author. I have read lots of other funny books and this one is in my top five. I felt like this book was funnier than a lot of other books I read.

I recommend this book for people who have a sense of humor and like funny stuff.i think a lot of fifteen to seventeen-year-olds would love this book because of its comedy.

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humming
Sep 28, 2018

Very insightful and impactful story on many levels plus effective use of cartoons/drawings to enhance the story and characters.

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decinti_sim
Sep 02, 2018

i really like this book

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Amirsadegh
Aug 24, 2018

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- time Indian is a very good book to read. There are many reasons to support this statement. 1- Helps you preparer the types of projects you will do based on this book and around this in your high school career.
2- Helps you to be more open minded
3- say to read and great for english learners
4- Understand other cultures and what most people go through
5- also funny.)

---- I would recommend this book to people between ages 12-18. I would give this book a 4/5 starts.

ArapahoeMaryA Aug 18, 2018

Sherman Alexie gives readers an underdog to cheer for in the brave and unlikely hero, Arnold (Junior) Spirit. Despite many challenges, Junior never gives up and expands his opportunities, gains respect from others, and learns that he is strong enough to withstand just about anything.

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Nymeria23
Aug 11, 2018

I devoured this book in about three hours. It was a quick, easy read that brought to light many identity, racial, and grief issues. I honestly think it would be a good book for just about any high school kid to have read. Some of Junior's reactions to things caught me off guard, but it's hard to judge when the life experience and perspective he presents is so vastly different from my own.
It is written like a diary, with drawings and a more personal tone that reminds me a bit of Catcher in the Rye, so some of the big events in Juniors' life were presented not necessarily in a way other books would present them- they were just relayed through Juniors' point of view.
Great book all around.

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5cottie
Jul 22, 2018

A hugely impressive story and very easy to read, by which I mean very hard to put down. Any reader, from whatever cultural background and of almost any age (7-107), will be able to see the world through Juniors eyes or must surely wonder why they read anything at all.

Personally I'm very glad I found this book and I would like to thank the author for writing it so well and giving me just the slightest insight into Juniors amazing life, friends and extended family.

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DorisWaggoner
Jul 05, 2018

This young adult novel is highly autobiographical, giving us the 14th year in the life of "Junior," a poor Indian kid growing up on the Spokane Indian Rez, as he's careful to call it. Junior knows he's smart, likes being smart, but doesn't know what to do with his brains. He has only one friend, also an outcast on the Rez. Until they become enemies, which tears both of them apart. Junior gets some good advice from a teacher at the Rez school--go to the nearest white high school, where he'll not only get a better education, but be able to play basketball on a better team. Heart in mouth, Junior goes, with the backing of his parents and beloved grandma. There he learns what "tribe" he really belongs to, and in the following summer becomes friends again with his on again off again friend. The tone is just right, very funny, very emotional, and the cartoons by Ellen Fourney add immensely to both. A young friend of mine saw the book in my apartment and kept commenting on it. She'd read it in her high school, which was near a different Reservation. She said it was "quick and easy to read, but with a lot of important stuff you had to tease out of it." I've more recently read Alexie's memoir of his mother, which I think is why I gave this one a lot fewer stars. At my friend's age, I'd have given it 5 too.

KHCPL_Doug Jun 25, 2018

I appreciated this novel for the honesty and the brevity of the character. He doesn't shy away from expressing how he feels, while at the same time giving things an honest label, even if it appears racist or insensitive. The concept of the book is to enlighten and to understand, and to find one's tribe. I think this book represents that really well, even if, in the end, we discover there are just two tribes. People who are a-holes, and the people who aren't. It's heartwarming, real, and sometimes funny. I highly recommend it.

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darladoodles
May 28, 2018

Reading this book was an enlightening and heartbreaking experience. I laughed and I cried. There are many insights into the plight of the American Indians from the perspective of a teenage boy. The nomad concept I found to be especially profound. It does tend to be on the "rude and crude" side at times -- realism, I get it. That being said, I would not recommend to teens under the age of 17.

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deterious1245
Mar 28, 2018

Part-time indian.

The summary of this book is about a indian boy that has brain damage and lives on the rez on day his dad transferred him from an all indian school to an all white school and one day at lunch a bully confronts him and says the most racist thing and he punched the bully in his face and the bully and his friends run after lunch he meets this girl that he wants to be friends with and they end up being friends.

When I first saw the Title part-time indian I thought it was about a boy who is mixed with indian and white until I got to page 3

My favorite part in the book is when he punches the bully and he runs off.

Another book I read by Sherman Alexie was thunder boy jr.

I recommend this book for people who are 15-16 and like to read memoirs

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amirsamue
Mar 28, 2018

My book called the absolutely true diary of a part time indian is about how a kid was born with alot of dissable things going on with him.this kid was born with to much fluid in his brain and he had brain damage and he was born with 42 teeth. I feel like it would be a poignant because he was’nt born as a normal kid and plus the biggest impact is that he has to deal with having seizures every once in a while in his life. How my character deals with real life situation is kind of bad,i say bad because when he went to his new school he was dealing with a lot of people talking about him and how he look.also the character in the story had to deal with a big life time situation of his friend dying.he did not know how to handle it. would recamend this book because this is like a real life problem and i know there are people in this world that deals with health problems like that so i feel my character pain.

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shack19
Mar 05, 2018

A wonderful introduction to what it means to be growing up Indian in a reservation. I'm sure that other ethnic minorities can relate as well. It would have been nice to extend the plot to a larger city, say, Seattle, as well. A great read, nonetheless; well worth the commendations.


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