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Sherman Alexie. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Little Brown $21.50 ISBN 978-0-316-01368-0 233 pg.    
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 16

I draw because words are too unpredictable.
I draw because words are too limited.

If you speak and write in English, Spanish, or Chinese, or any other language, then only a certain percentage of human beings will get your meaning.

But when you draw a picture, everybody can understand it.

If I draw a cartoon of a flower, then every man, woman, and child in the world can look at it and say, “That’s a flower.”

So I draw because I want to talk to the world. And I want the world to pay attention to me.

Arnold, or Junior, as everyone on the Indian Reserve prefers to call him (when they aren’t throwing nasty names at him or…rocks) is just trying to get by in life. Maybe that isn’t so glorious, seeing as he was born with a brain defect. Living was hard to do…sure he’s smart, but sports, girls and any other normal part of a teenage boy’s life are far from him. That is until he leaves the Reservation…the place that was holding him back. But leaving is high treason among everyone he had ever lived with and soon becomes a major obstacle in his schooling miles and miles away from home. However, this is where his new life begins and he starts to live it despite his set backs.

I am speechless. Could this novel be any more…amazing? I was totally and utterly captured by the main character Junior and everyone else in his story. I fell in love with the way he thought in humour and the way regardless of his slight disabilities he overcame a thousand and one feats. The book is interesting from the very first sentence and it captivates its readers instantly. I am guilty only because I judged the book by it’s cover…but I am beseeching anyone fourteen years of age or older, this book will change your outlook on so much. It will keep you interested and reading until you are in tears. Yes, I cried so many times I lost count; this novel stole my heart. I wish there were more words for ‘amazing’ but my lack of words right now is overwhelming. The story line is fitted to perfection. The book is only made better by the classical and original characters that become adorable and closer to the reader as they progress through the novel. I can guarantee unlimited hours of interesting events and thoughts. Looking for a new genre to read? Go for this one because it is most definitely unique. You will have constant inside-jokes with this book, honest.

I recommend this book for people fourteen years old and up. It has some mature language and other content. I am actually going to beg adults to get their teenager to read this book. They may find it weird but, man, is it ever…amazing!

I give The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian five absolutely true stars (and more if I could). This novel could easily be someone’s bible.


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