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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Apr 15, 12

Read in April, 2012

In Sherman Alexie’s novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the reader is introduced to a “weird” young man named Arnold (aka Junior). Arnold stutters, has a large water head and has many health issues, but is somehow a genius from it all, as well as a pretty good basketball player. He lives on an Indian reservation in Spokane with his “eccentric” mother, drunken father and recluse of a sister. He has only one friend, Rowdy, who protects him from all of the bullies that seem to be drawn to him. Arnold yearns for more in life than what the reservation has to offer, so he decides to transfer to a “white” school on the outskirts of his reservation. Once he does this, the people of the reservation hate him more than ever; even his only friend Rowdy turns on him. This transition to a new school with new people who think he is just as weird as the people at home did leads Arnold to many revelations and changes in his life. The book chronicles his adventures in this new high school from starting out as an outsider to finding that “if you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.” Through fights, deaths and troubles, Arnold begins to find himself and realize how much he has to offer to the world and builds some strong friendships along the way. Alexie does a great job of telling Arnold’s story in a way that the reader can relate to and understand. I felt very involved in this book. It’s a page turner that you’ll be able to read from start to finish in a day’s time! One of the best books I’ve read so far.
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