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

I feel like I might grow up to be somebody important.”

Junior lives on a reservation, where he gets beaten up and has been to too many funerals in his 14 years of life. But he wants something more, so he makes a leap and decides to transfer to a school full of rich white people. Will people accept him there or will his destiny remain the same?


This book was heartwarming, special, and unique. I adored the writing and the chatty feel to it. The story was meaningful and really pulled me into it, catching me by the feelings.

The characters I got attached to, especially Arnold (Junior) and I really wanted him to acquire the life he wanted to live. I loved that he had a passion – drawing cartoons – and seeing them in the book was something that really stood out for me.

Reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian filled me with hope by the end. Seeing how everyones attitude changed was wonderful, and I did get emotional. The only thing I wished was that Juniors friendship with Rowdy was less rocky.

I would easily recommend this book as it’s a really touching read, one that would be suitable for any age, but be prepared for your emotions to be played with!

If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.”

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