The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is real, honest, witty, and vulnerable. Arnold Spirit chooses to leave the Reservation for his high school education. This book shares his experiences. I ached for him as he struggled to make sense of racism, poverty, alcoholism, and being a teenager.
This book is presented as Arnold's journal with fantastic sketches and comic drawings by Ellen Forney. Through the images and the words, we hear Arnold's voice as he falls in lust and love, encounters death, and plays some pretty mean basketball.
And despite all the major sociological issues confronting this young man, Sherman Alexie deftly covers the inane details of teenage life - the details that actually create the biggest milestones.
A New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Award Winner, it is probably one of the best contemporary teen male voices I have read in a long time.