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Book Review of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
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I read this for a theme challenge in my online book club, The Reading Cove. November 2012's theme was "Indian."

This is Junior's coming-of-age story. He's a teenager growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State, who decides to transfer to a white school off his reservation.

I enjoyed the first few chapters quite a bit. There were lots of laugh-out-loud funny anecdotes in the narration. It was also interesting to read about life on a modern-day Indian reservation and what it's like from a 14-year-old boy's point-of-view. I found the humorous narrative crisp, clever and easy to follow.

Most of the illustrations throughout the story were also hilarious and very entertaining.

And while the tone became darker and more serious, with a number of tragic things happening in Junior and his family's life, I must say that I did begin to lose interest by the halfway point. Junior's woes at school with friends, his relationship with his best friend on the rez, etc. just got a bit boring to me.

Overall, I do think this read has appeal for a teen audience.