The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

This book I felt was a fundamental in my maturity. It made me laugh, cry and have perplexed emotions all of the time. I liked how it dealt with race and the differences in a way that wasn’t biased to the point where it was unenjoyable. I thought that as silly as the book was, there was a lot of moral lessons to be learned. There were some political (lightly not even specified really) themes that tied into social problems dealing with race. However, this book still had lots of moments of being light hearted and just straight up hilarious.

I think this is a good book for 7th and 8th graders as they transition from being a kid and more of a young adult. Not to mention there are some humorous illustrations that not only help keep the reader enticed but also aid in explaining the story. (Not to mention the cartoon-like-style nicely contradicts the book). This was most definitely was a read that I could not put down for the life of me and also was a nice way to bond with my mom. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was one of her favorite books and I hope it can become one of yours too!

-Coralie D.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It can also be downloaded for free from Overdrive.

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