The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian who left the reservation to go to an all-white high school.


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  • Alexander Wade
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. i liked the book much it is awesome"
  • Karen Hopkins
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Read this through to make sure it was a suitable gift for my friend's 14 year old son. I thought it was well written. A quick and easy read, yet heartwarming and real. However, be warned! There are some hard, dark, thematic issues like alcoholism, and lots of sexual issues, and just overwhelming difficult issues for young readers to fully deal with! In hindsight, not sure I would recommend for anyone under 18. "
  • Christopher Cole
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Funny, insightful, enjoyable look into the life of a Native American kid. Although it's funny at times, it also shows the struggles that occur with tribal people's. Good read."
  • Samuel Russell
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a very good solution. This book has received 4.5/5 stars, and it tells a great and interesting story. Plus, this book seems to have matching artwork with the story. "
  • Scott Newman
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book was an education for me. I know it is fiction, but the ideas presented were very unfamiliar to me. I never knew any Native Americans growing up, so this story introduced me to some concepts about young Indians and the issues they go through. I think this book will be enjoyed by all ethnicities, as it brings up some thought-provoking ideas on growing up different or similar from kids around you."
  • Joshua Chavez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is one of the best young adult novels with diverse characters. It is about an indian who goes to an all white highschool and some of the troubles the face. If you know any indians they would probably love this book but I am all white and I loved it too."
  • Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The topics tackled in this story are not fun by any means, but Sherman Alexie has the special power of making you laugh in the midst of tragedy. Can't stress it enough, this is a great, great book. I highly recommend it to anyone."
  • Olivia Moreno
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I like the style of the author, it really makes the book interesting. I like that its an original book and its funny because I thought I wouldnt like it, the name seemed a bit odd but I guess the saying its true, don't judge a book by its cover."
  • Jose Weaver
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I feel like critics will describe this book as "important." That's what critics say when they think a work's message is unassailable but the work itself is pretentious garbage. Let me sum up this book for you: Racism is bad. There, I've saved you all that time to learn such a thing that everybody already agrees. This book is vapid - it's uninspiring, it's thoughtless, it's boring. The only thing it has going for it is a politically-correct message."
  • Marisol Carrillo
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is about a person who spends his time living on an Indian reservation, part time. The author wrote about his experiences living in this manner. I found that the story is well written, it has moments of humor as well as social justice warrior issues. If your looking for something that is easy to read and will get some discussion about various topics this could be a decent read. I also found that some of the art was nicely done, the book is also decent for high school aged kids. "
  • Cheshta Rao
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I loved this book. This book shows amazing courage from this boy. My kids actually attend a school where the school mascot is an Indian and I always wondered what a Native American would think of this mascot and if they would be offended. This book shows just that. "
  • Peter Murphy
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a great read for anyone, especially students. This book will be a lot of fun for them to be read. The author makes sure that they will interested and engaged throughout the book. There also a lot of life lessons that can be learned from this book. These issues affect all communities in our country, especially the Native Americans. "
  • Adam Fisher
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This was a great book that has a lot of humor and an easy read. With that being said it hits on a lot of sensitive topics that are great for younger readers to think about. I really enjoyed this read and am looking forward to discussing it with my son who is a High School freshman and is reading it for his English class this year."
    Susan Welch
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This solution was exactly what I was looking for. The amazon page described this book as funny, and the customer reviews said it was perfect for the age range I had in mind."
  • Madison Bowman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is an excellent collection of short stories that explore love, a pair of nonviolent criminals and so much more. It is well-written, easy to read, touching and filled with heartbreaking and hopeful lessons."
  • Jose Douglas
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This young adult novel is a very good piece that has a very well deserved price. It delivers a very fine and wonderful story."
  • Gilberto Carbajal
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book is a real pleasure to read. It provides an intriguing window in to a part of life most Americans probably aren't too familiar with. It provides you with an opportunity to explore a completely different experience. "
    Theresa Perry
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Everyone needs to expand their horizons and this novel is something that does just that. A lot of Americans don't have experience with this culture and it's a nice, diverse experience."
  • Simon Xue
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I really dig this. It may be a little biased since I have older generations of Idians and I grew up hearing about them and their troubles. However, that aside it's excellently written and well paced."
  • Rose Campbell
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "I have been reading SparkNotes a lot more recently as I have not really had the time to read full books. One of the best books that I have read the SparkNotes version of is probably The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. "
  • Víctor Espinosa
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is one of my all-time favorite books. The main character is so likable, believable, and relevant to today's society. I will have read this four times by the end of the year. I can't get enough of it."
  • Louis Valdez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book is written for young adults and rightfully so. It's such a powerful story and one that any young adult will love. I even liked it though it was a simple read. Some people think it is inappropriate, but why do they think 9th graders are mentally retarded and can't handle off color words? They curse, have intercourse, do drugs, and party like its the 60s. This book is far from inappropriate and is one of the better young adult novels out there."
  • Peter Cole
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Sherman Alexie is really amazing. His way of putting the reader in their shoes and painting such a vivid image of something so difficult. "
  • Ralph Walker
    Written on May 9, 2018
    ""The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" gives a glimpse in the modern non-white world of US citizens. Seeing the world from another perspective grants one with unparalelled access into the brains of those most discriminated against here."
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