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The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian

Alexie, Sherman, 1966- (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian


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Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Authors: Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
Statement of Responsibility: by Sherman Alexie ; art by Ellen Forney
Title: The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2009, c2007
Edition: 1st paperback ed
Characteristics: 229 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
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Report This Jan 11, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My English teacher recommended this book to me, and it is one of the funniest, coolest books I've ever read! You'll be laughing the whole time, even through some of the more serious situations in the book. It's not a hard book to read, I finished in three days. Even though it's not a long, hard book, it is definitely not recommended to younger readers. But any older teen/adult will adore it!

Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • MissNatalie_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books you'll ever read! Sherman Alexie's trademark humor is all over this compelling story of life on the Rez.

The story was taken at a different approach as the character was someone you don't see often as he was quirky, funny--as he is able to laugh at himself--, and honest. You'll find yourself laughing and crying at the same time as it is so realistic yet inspirational.

Report This Aug 20, 2013
  • BTVS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read for any age but an inspirational read for the adolesent "loner". Moral of the story is 'don't take yourself too seriously and you'll get through high school ok". How hard life can be for the poor and how easy it is for a few good friends to make it all bearable. A memorable story.

Report This Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Stunningly honest, and humorously tragic (or tragically humorous), this novel reads quickly and easily. The main character is an easy voice to understand and love (and relate to), and I found myself wanting to follow his life past where the book ends. I wasn't deeply affected by the story, but I did thoroughly enjoy it, and I look forward to reading more Sherman Alexie novels.

i loved the book. (hey, i'm 28!) especially the use of the language (i am not a native speaker) and also the way the kid was bullied, all his aspirations, fears and dares. it's amazing.i could totally relate to my own teen years. i believe,The Stranger publishes Sherman Alexie's little pieces once in a while. or maybe not.

Report This Aug 07, 2013
  • DanceFiddler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A freshman in high school leaves his reservation school to go to the primarily-white school thirty miles away. He faces anger and prejudice from his friends on the reservation and from his new classmates. This follows his journey. It’s happier than Alexie’s other works but still packs a deep punch. Accompanying it are delightful cartoons and illustrations by Ellen Forney. A must-read for older teens.

Report This Aug 05, 2013
  • AngelFire101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

LOL this book was really funny

Report This Jul 27, 2013
  • AtomicSpatula rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a nice change of pace from other books I have read. Although very informal, the story itself is great and very interesting. A good read.

Report This Jul 26, 2013
  • sbeasley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book it is so refreshing to read a story told from a native american youth perspective about what is really like growing up Native American in the USA. It is very funny and well illustrated book. My advice to parents is if your child is approached with this book is read it yourself first before you allow your child to read it. it is blunt yet well told , I would personally own this book.

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  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

MADKC4Ever thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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  • frinkerbelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

frinkerbelle thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 20

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  • red_dog_6584 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

High school student on the Rez decides to buck tradition and attend the best high school in the region, 22 miles away and almost all White. Funny cartoons. Matter-of-fact.

Report This Jul 01, 2012
  • Booklover1235 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"the absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian" by Sherman Alexie is about a boy named junior who was raised on a reservation and was always made fun of. But when the chance comes to change to a school where he can actually achieve something and do something he has to choose,wether to be called a traitor by everybody he knows or tries to show the Rez that he is willing to push everything aside to prove that there is more to life than drinking.

Report This Jun 17, 2012
  • Ninja_Kevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have finished a book called "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie a realistic fiction novel. In this book it is about a Indian boy who is lving on a small rezervation or rez and he has a best friend name Rowdy. They both go to school on the rezervation name Wellpinit. Arnold Spirit a fouteen year old teenager and the protagonist is a book kisser what this mean is that he like to read and write. When he had gone to school , during geometry class Mr.P his teacher had passed out textbooks. When Arnold relizes that he got his mothers textbook that was at least thirty years old he threw it at Mr.P in the face. Then Mr.P came over to his house to talk to him about what he had done. When Mr.P said something like, if you don't leave this rezervation then you will die. Another thing he said was something like if you are the only one who hasn't gave up, every one has gave up even the teachers at his school had gave up even his parents had gave up even his best friend Rowdy had gave up. He also wanted the world to know that he is important. What will happen next?

Report This Jun 17, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sherman Alexie’s dark comedy offers up insight about respect, identity and acceptance in unadorned, briskly paced language that will appeal to many teens. Junior Spirit is a Spokane Indian eager to begin high school on his reservation. His hopes of newfound knowledge and opportunities are dashed when he is assigned the same textbook that belonged to his uneducated, impoverished mother thirty years earlier, bringing on a sense of fatalism and despair. Urged by his teacher to respect his dreams and demand more from life than can be expected on the reservation, Junior bravely gathers his dignity and stands up for himself by transferring to a school in a distant town. So begins his search for identity and his place in the world, as “Junior Spirit”, traitor to his people, is ostracized on the rez for consorting with whites, while “Arnold Spirit Junior”, alone, navigates the racism and mystifying cultural rules of an all-white school. “Absolutely True Diary” could easily become a litany of anger, pain and hopelessness; the poverty, alcoholism, violence and incredible death rate chronicled in the novel seems insurmountable. Yet for every tragic event, there is a detail to give us hope or even a laugh, and even the most debauched characters receive understanding and a chance at redemption. Arnold’s cartoon sketches of the people around him, drawn by artist Ellen Forney, amuse and meld seamlessly with the tone of the text. Arnold’s spirit, however, is the most compelling aspect of the book, and his relentless determination to succeed in escaping the fate of his tribe lingers with the reader, making him one of the most inspiring characters in young adult fiction today. Arnold’s quest for a better life proves that acceptance is won by earning respect, and the first step in gaining the respect of others is respecting yourself

Report This Mar 24, 2012
  • wrightlibtech rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sherman Alexie’s dark comedy offers up insight about respect, identity and acceptance in unadorned, briskly paced language that will appeal to many teens. Junior Spirit is a Spokane Indian eager to begin high school on his reservation. His hopes of newfound knowledge and opportunities are dashed when he is assigned the same textbook that belonged to his uneducated, impoverished mother thirty years earlier, bringing on a sense of fatalism and despair. Urged by his teacher to respect his dreams and demand more from life than can be expected on the reservation, Junior bravely gathers his dignity and stands up for himself by transferring to a school in a distant town. So begins his search for identity and his place in the world, as “Junior Spirit”, traitor to his people, is ostracized on the rez for consorting with whites, while “Arnold Spirit Junior”, alone, navigates the racism and mystifying cultural rules of an all-white school. “Absolutely True Diary” could easily become a litany of anger, pain and hopelessness; the poverty, alcoholism, violence and incredible death rate chronicled in the novel seems insurmountable. Yet for every tragic event, there is a detail to give us hope or even a laugh, and even the most debauched characters receive understanding and a chance at redemption. Arnold’s cartoon sketches of the people around him, drawn by artist Ellen Forney, amuse and meld seamlessly with the tone of the text. Arnold’s spirit, however, is the most compelling aspect of the book, and his relentless determination to succeed in escaping the fate of his tribe lingers with the reader, making him one of the most inspiring characters in young adult fiction today. Arnold’s quest for a better life proves that acceptance is won by earning respect, and the first step in gaining the respect of others is respecting yourself.

Arnold Spirit is 14 when he makes the life-altering decision to transfer to a school off the Spokane Indian Reservation. The only other Indian at his new school is the mascot.

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  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: The most prominent situation is a 16 year old boy talking about how he loves masturbation, but there's a lot more sexual references sprinkled throughout the book.

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  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lota of curse words/sexual curse words in this book.

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  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Masturbation

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  • Booklover1235 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Uses some inappropriate language.

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  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: fight

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  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: faggot

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  • ChocolateChips rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Report This Jun 28, 2012
  • pplarel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

pg. 13 "Poverty doesn't give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverence. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor." pg. 97 "The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don't know." pg. 107 "There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away." pg. 129 "If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing."

Report This Jun 17, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

When anybody, no matter how old they are, loses a parent, I think it hurts the same as if you were only five years old, you know? I think all of us are always five years old in the presence and absence of our parents.

Report This Jun 16, 2012
  • NSFRA rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Life is never easy"

Report This Sep 11, 2009
  • kimbalee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When anybody, no matter how old they are, loses a parent, I think it hurts the same as if you were only five years old, you know? I think all of us are always five years old in the presence and absence of our parents.

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