–review by Julia, teen reviewer

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

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian follows Junior, a boy living on an Indian reservation, through times of loss, disappointment, success, and most importantly, hope. Junior’s character is easy to relate to as he is a high school student struggling with friendship problems, fitting in, and succeeding in school. There are multiple reoccurring themes throughout the book, including poverty, alcoholism, friendship, and family relationships. Junior realizes that his peers and family members have been stuck in a cycle of poverty and difficult lives. Junior wants a better future, so he takes the opportunity to go to a better school called Reardan off the reservation. This is a brave move since nobody else has ever left the reservation for this reason. Junior risks loosing his best friend and struggles to fit in at Reardan, but his determination is inspiring. Junior also uses cartoons to express his feelings, and this aspect of the book is very entertaining.  –Julia, teen reviewer

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