Sunday, 26 June 2011

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 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 thought he was destined to live.

You guys HAVE to read this book! Many people are so put off by it's synopsis and cover, but believe me, give this book a go and you'll not regret it.

The story all focuses around this innocent, bullied boy Junior, who lives on a reservation. Junior has freckles wears glasses, was born with water on the brain, so obviously his appearance isn't...perfect.
He keeps a diary of his experience moving to all an all white school, from his school on the reservation, as he believes he must do something with his life. ( I mean no offence, I am referring to it as it did in the book.) Junior is an Indian and in this book Indians are seen as outsiders, so this story is all about how he tries to fit in and make more of his life.

You feel so many emotions for junior, from when he's getting picked on, to when he scores the sinning three pointer in basketball. The characters in this book were all so real, Sherman Aleie didn't shy away from some issues in todays society, no. She went full on and told you how it really was.

Junior is also a cartoonist, so throught the book there are lots of cute drawings which I couldn't help but laugh as. :D

A really great, heartwarming story which I think any age could enjoy.


1 comment:

  1. Sherman Alexie is a masterful author, and we're so glad you enjoyed his book! (Did you know it's semi-autobiographical? A lot -- but not all -- of the things that happen to Junior happened to Sherman or his friends in real life.) We absolutely adore this book, with its blend of serious truth and hilarious imagination. And the drawings! Oh the drawings. :)


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