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

"my personal favorite of all time -  funny, sad, and intriguing."


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, is a story about a 14 year old Spokane Indian living on a reservation and what he goes through. Arnold Spirit Junior is born with brain damage, and after his surgeries, he becomes prone to seizures. He is made fun of and picked on by everyone on the reservation - everyone, that is, except Rowdy. Rowdy is Arnold’s best and only friend on the rez. Rowdy is beat by his dad at home; therefore he is an incredibly violent person. He also protects and fights for Arnold, since Arnold is scrawny and weak. While Arnold is attending Wellpinit, the school on the rez, he gets suspended for breaking his teacher’s nose by throwing a book at his face. During Arnold’s suspension, his teacher, Mr. P, comes to Arnold’s house to talk to him. Mr. P talks to Arnold about hope and how Arnold needs to get off the rez before he loses all of his hope. Mr. P fears that if Arnold doesn’t get away, then he will not ever go after his dreams and try to better himself.

Arnold transfers to Reardan, the school for white kids. Everyone on the rez, including Rowdy, hates Arnold for that. During his first month of school, Arnold punches Roger, a senior football and basketball player, in the face. On the first day, he meets Penelope. She snubs him for a while, but after getting to talk to Arnold for a little bit, she begins to accept hiim. Arnold also gets a new good friend named Gordy the whiz kid. Later in the year, Arnold tries out for the basketball team and makes varsity. The team’s first game of the season is against Wellpinit, and Rowdy is their point guard. Arnold’s chance to prove himself is jeopardized by an injury. Does the book end in triumph or tragedy?  You’ll just have to read it to find out.

This book is, personally, my favorite book of all time. It’s funny, intriguing, and at times a bit sad, yet it has a good lesson, but I’ll let you decide what you think that lesson is. I highly recommend this book to any and everyone.

   - Kris L.