This Week, I Read… (#27)

63 - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

#63 – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

  • Read: 6/22/16 – 6/27/16
  • Provenance: Owned (hardcover)
  • Challenge: BookRiot Read Harder 2016
  • Task: Read a middle-grade novel
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

Arnold Spirit might just be the most charming narrator I’ve read this year. The novel boils down to a series of anecdotes, skipping around in time from present to memory, but the overall narrative tells of Arnold leaving his home reservation to go to a nearby school, an all-white school.

The story touches on all sorts of serious issues–loneliness, bullying, alcoholism, racism, death. And yet, Arnold is resilient and determined, never letting his hardships get him down for long.

If I’m making it sound like an unrealistic, feel-good sort of story, it’s not. But it is, in the end, a hopeful one, about a boy who wants a better life for himself without wanting to feel like that makes him a better person than the rest of his tribe.

That’s it for this week, I’m in the middle of a longish book right now, and I haven’t had much time to read. But I’d love to hear about what you read this week in the comments!


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