The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation.  Born with a variety of medical problems, he is picked on by everyone but his best friend.  Determined to receive a good education, Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white school in the neighboring farm town where the only other Indian is the school mascot.  Despite being condemned as a traitor to his people and enduring great tragedies, Junior attacks life with wit and humor and discovers a strength inside of himself that he never knew existed.

I liked this book.  The drawings throughout it were really cool, and they added to the humor.  With that said, it’s a bit young for my taste.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t something I usually read.  I would, however, like to combat a critic.  One day at school, I saw a poster with banned books on it, and this book was on it.  The critique blurb said something like “It’s 50 Shades of Grey for kids”.  This books isn’t even close to something like that.  Granted I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, but I know a bit about it.  Part-time Indian does have things that aren’t appropriate for young audiences, but they aren’t  as prevalent as in 50 Shades of Grey.

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