The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian–Book Review By: Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a fiction/non-fiction novel about a kid named Junior. The book is about his life in high school and how he gets through bad times. In the book, he talks about his family being in poverty. The book also teaches you about why friendship and family matter so much. One of the characters in the book is Mary, Juniors sister. I would want to meet her because in the book, it talks about how she wants to be a writer but can’t because she lives on the Indian reservation. I would want to meet her because she seems like someone who would have a lot of hidden talent. She would probably have a lot of ideas to share with me or anyone else off the rez because on the rez, nobody would listen to her.

I really liked reading this book because it did a really good job mixing sad topics with humorous ones. I would recommend reading this book. I would recommend it to people who like variety in their books and to people who don’t have any specific genre that they like. A similar book to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian might be  “The House on Mango Street.” They are similar because their both about a young adolescents who don’t have much money and go through a lot of hard times. I think the main idea of the story is isolation. I think this because, for most of the book, Junior feels isolated. He feels like he is the stupidest, ugliest, and worst kid on the rez. He feels isolated because of how poor his family is and how much he thinks his life sucks. I think what the author is trying to tell us is to stick to friends. Junior all his life has relied on his best friend Rowdy to talk to and support him but not his family because his dad is an alcoholic and his mom just stays home and doesn’t do much. His family is probably some of the least supportive people in his life. 6881eed3f57f35152cae7b85252d784d.jpg


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