This was a fantastic story from a very interesting perspective. Its message is very effective and powerful, illustrating the harm that results from stereotyping and the struggles that poverty causes. The diary is written in a lighthearted and humorous way, which I appreciate because it would be very easy to make the same story depressing and tragic without the comic relief. Junior was relatable and very funny, overall a great narrator. His journey was exciting and meaningful, as he proves himself to both his tribe and his new school. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is a great read. The pace is concise but detailed, the tone is serious yet playful, and the theme is powerful and relevant to every student's life. I would reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys entertaining shenanigans and adventures. Rating: 5/5
@outdoorsman14 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
Hello everyone, this is the tiny astronaut again. Today I am going to share my reflection of the book "The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian”.
The story tells about an Indian boy named Ronald Spirit Junior who lives in the reservation and wanted to go outside of the Rez to have his dreams achieved. First of all, the personality of Arnold and his family are very hard to understand, I think that this is because of the influence of all the other people who also lived in the Rez. Even though the government had given the Rez money and support, people are still poor. According to the book, when Arnold decided to go to the school of Reardan his dad doesn't even have enough gas to drive Arnold to school!
The other thing is that there is hardly anyone who doesn't drink alcohol in the Rez. Well, alcohol can sometimes release your pain since most of the people in the Rez are in pain. However, people die easily because of alcohol. Without any exaggeration, perhaps yesterday you just made a good friend and today he's crushed by a car. Arnold was just a high school student and he has already been to 53 funerals! That is insane. If I were the protagonist and I had been through 53 funerals I think I'm just going to collapse.
This is a sad story but with a warm ending: Arnold is friends with Rowdy again; All Arnold's friends in Reardan have a good fortune etc. Also, the theme of this book is good and obvious: never give up, there is always hope. Star Rating: 3/5
@tiny_astronaut of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board