Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Report: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Authour: Sherman Alexie
Length: 230 pages
How long it took me to read: 4 days

What it's about: In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

The ending is the most important part: The ending was sweet and wonderful. I loved it.

Last word: This book was funny and sweet and cute and I really enjoyed it. It also made me want to save all the aboriginal people everywhere. I am also cursing my whiteness.

Spoilers after the jump

I have a thing for aboriginal people. Native people, First Nations people. Those who were here first and the white man took away their land. I think we should do more for the Native people in this country. I should know more about their living conditions and try and help them. I have so much love, respect and honor for their culture, but I need to do more. I wish I knew what to do to rescue them.

I wish I wasn't so white so that I could blend in with their culture and be one of them. To be one with the land and nature. I wish that there was no hatred for what the white man did do them so that they would trust someone like me and welcome me into their culture. I wish we didn't section them off to reservations. I love their sense of family. I hate that many have turned to substance abuse.

I think that the Native people are so beautiful, I love their art and their appreciation for the land.

My first boyfriend was a native boy. He was gorgeous and I was awkward and inexperienced. I wish I had met him seven years after I did.
Kevin and I at Mary Jane Shannon Elementary 1983

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