Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review:The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie/Young Adult

Hello dear Readers,

I am so behind on my blog. I apologize for that. But have to say, I have read some amazing books lately and want to share my review of one in particular. It was one of those books that I did not want it to end.

Have to confess, I got the book a couple of months ago but it was not until one week ago that I finally read it.

Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Author: Sherman Alexie
Genre: YA
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint Edition (April 1, 2009)
Language: English
Paperback: 229 Pages

Book Description

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 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

My thoughts
*I gave 5/5 stars on Goodreads

One day I was watching the local News Channel and they were talking about this book and why the School District needed to check and consider if the book was going to be included in the Reading List. Parents and people at school were concerned because of the explicit vocabulary used by the Author in some of the chapters, which I completely understand because you as a parent are always concerned about what your children are learning in school, what they are doing, etc. If I had a child I would be too. However, after I read the book, I can say that the vocabulary and the situations described are not as bad as what other really bad stuff our kids see on TV nowadays or the Internet. The author talks about situations (and I do not mention those here so I do not spoil the ones who have not read the book) that are completely normal and that happen in really life. Personally, I think the author talks about the reality of these situations in a funny way and is not offensive.

They also mentioned on the news that day that our local library was going to give free copies of the book. I decided to go and get one. That is how I ended up going. I was happy to go to the local bookstore which I love to get some other books and that one. At the end, I am glad I did because The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is one of the best book I have read in my entire life (that is how awesome it was for me). I actually read the book in one day. Once I started, I could not stop. Made me laugh, made me happy because the main character, Junior, goes through really difficult times, its like his life is destined to be one way, the way everybody else expects it to be but he is determined to have a better life, a different life. He knows people do not like him but he does not let that to ruin his life. He has a tremendous sense of humor and that is the main reason why I love the book. He faces all these terrible situations but I never felt sorry for him or sad, he made me laugh.

I definitely recommend this book. It teaches about friendship, about not giving up on our dreams, it teaches about life and how we can either let the bad things break us or use those in order to be better people. The rest on this book, is real life things, can we learn from a character on a book? Yes, we can. I did.


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