The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Ellen Forney, Sherman Alexie

fiction contemporary young adult
emotional funny reflective fast-paced

230 pages | first published 2007

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 foreward by Markus Zusak & interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney

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emotional 78%
funny 78%
sad 46%
reflective 45%
hopeful 42%
inspiring 30%
challenging 16%
lighthearted 16%
adventurous 14%
dark 14%
informative 13%
relaxing 1%
tense 1%


fast 53%
medium 35%
slow 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 74% | A mix: 19% | Plot: 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 76% | No: 11% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 72% | No: 16% | It's complicated: 11%

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