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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Read from January 17 to 19, 2010

I absolutely LOVED this book! The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is written for grades 7-10 but I would definitely recommend it for more mature readers due to the language and some of the content. I started this book on a Saturday and was finished with it by Sunday night...it was a definite "can't put down" novel. Alexie tells a very entertaining story of identity using the thoughts of a real teenager, Junior, including his artistic musings and sometimes juvenile thoughts. This novel has to be one of the most realistic stories I have read about the life of a teenager crappling with who they are, while at the same time presenting a slice of Native American culture. All the books I have read about Native Americans (which has sadly been quite lacking) have always seemed too out of touch for me to relate to as a reader, however Alexie is able negoiate any differences a reader may have with the character of Junior through his storytelling. I had heard that there were parents from a near-by high school who were shocked and appalled by the content and language, and I suppose there are some parts that could make some readers blush, or get upset. However, the book is intended for mature student readers, and quite frankly compared to what kids see on tv and the internet on a daily basis, as well as what they really talk about with their friends, the parts are pale in comparision. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a laugh, cry, and smile all in one satisfying read!
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Lauma I think your comments about the mature content in this story are very insightful. Teens see and hear all kinds of "inappropriate" topics on TV, radio and the internet. The media regularly use rude language and content as "entertainment" or shock value. It is totally different if an author uses these topics/language as authentic expression that is part of a meaningful story. The best stories are those that speak the truth, from the heart--they are the ones that make you laugh, cry and smile! ...Lauma


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