October 25, 2008

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

OMG, this is one of the best YA books I've read in a long time!
I have never started a review like that, but this National Book Award winner is that good. Junior (aka Arnold) lives on an Indian reservation near Spokane, Washington. The novel chronicles his freshman year in high school, a period of monster change for most 14-year-old boys with raging hormones, new interest in girls, and being unsure of oneself while trying to understand their place in the world. What Junior faces is amplified when he decides to go to a "white" school outside the reservation. Now he is a traitor at home, and vilified at school. His experiences are heart wrenching and humorous .... how can that be? Read the book!    For mature readers.
Reed Reads Score: 5

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