The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Review


Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads


I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book ever since I started blogging, so when I found it on display at my school’s library, I decided to join in on the fun and see what all the hype was about.☺️

Wow, was this book astonishing! I absolutely loved The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It was witty, funny, and relatable, and those are some qualities that I just adore in my books. I can definitely see why so many people read it proudly and why so many schools endorse it as required reading.

For a brief summary of the novel, it is about a boy named Junior, who has been growing up on an Indian reservation. To prove to others that Indians don’t need to be confined to their own spaces, he decides to start attending the predominantly white school across town, and he is astonished at what happens.

I couldn’t help but adore the character that was Junior. He was relatable, charming, and hilarious (in an amazing way!), and I also loved the fact that he loved BOOKS! I also found him to be quite the risk-taker- it takes serious guts to be able to do what he did in trying out a predominantly white school being Indian, and he always kept on a brave face. Lastly, his development by the end of the book was phenomenal, as he became so much prouder of himself and his culture!

The plot, though not necessarily the strongest, ran smoothly and quickly. I basically soared through this book’s fine pages; I loved it so much and I barely wanted to put it down, even if my life depended on it!

This book is definitely not your typical YA contemporary novel, as it includes PICTURES! (Haha, finally!) Junior loves to draw and many of the things rambling around in his mind during the story are showcased in this book, and many of them gave me a great laugh.☺️

If you are on the lookout for a diverse story with a relatable protagonist and strong morals, then TATDOAPTI is for you. I know I will remember this one for years to come because of its pure awesomeness, engaging writing style, wit, charm, and diverse themes.


7 thoughts on “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Review

  1. Great review! And talk about a book that’s been on my TBR FOREVER!!! I cannot believe I haven’t read this yet, but your review reminded me it’s something that I definitely need to do, so thank you for that!

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  2. Ahhhhh I read this book in like 9th grade!!! And I don’t remember a single thing from it 😂
    But I’m glad to see you enjoyed it and thanks for reminding me that this book exists! I’ll have to reread it some time! 😀

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