Monday, November 4, 2013

Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Every child should be given the same opportunities in life. 

Junior grew up on the rez with his parents, sister and best friend Rowdy. He was contented with his life until a teacher convinced him to switch to a town school. Not only is the community turning against him now, but Rowdy no longer speaks to him, his sister gets the impulse to wed, and the kids at the new school aren't eager to accept him. 

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is based on Sherman Alexie's life, and he doesn't spare us the details of the injustices the kids on the rez suffer: healthcare once a year, no bus to and from the city. And worse, the opportunities they have compared to the city community. 

Although, there is very little romance in the book, subjects like child abuse, alcoholism, and racism take over and make it worth the read. 

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