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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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May 02, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult
Recommended for: teens, adults, Americans of all races, humans
Read from May 01 to 03, 2012

The only major problem I had with this book was that it was over too soon. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a fantastic novel. It can pull your heart to bits, and it can make you laugh, sometimes in the same paragraph. It tackles big issues like racism, cultural identity, and poverty with directness, complexity, and empathy. Junior, the narrator, is such a richly drawn character. He's tremendously awkward, as most 14 year-olds are, but also uncommonly courageous. His keen observations give depth to the other characters as well. The inclusion of Junior's drawings is a delightful touch.

This is a young adult novel, but I'd recommend it for almost anyone between 12 and 112.
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