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

Over the summer, I read a very good, funny, interesting book called The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I wasn’t very excited that I had to read a book over the summer, but when I read this book it ended up being one of my favorites.

The book’s main focus is a 14-year-old boy named Junior who faces many problems. For example, he is bullied at school because he has a lisp and stutters. He also faces problems at home because his family are alcoholics, and they don’t really support him. Junior has to decide what the best thing for him to do is, and how he wants to spend the rest of his life. He has to make the difficult decision of moving to a different school. Even after he moves, he still faces problems with his family and old friends.

I really love this book because it really does relate to a teen’s life. Our teenage years are very difficult and filled with stress. It has funny vibes which makes it fun to read, and I feel a connection with the book because being a teenager is very hard. I think that teenagers in general, and especially ages 14-17, would enjoy reading it. It really does fit in to our lives, and what we have all had to deal with. Whether it be about school, physical appearance, or family, we all have problems that we overthink. This book really helps us teens see how it is normal to feel as if we don’t fit in and that we can and should push ourselves. Just because one comes from a poor and uneducated family doesn’t mean that one will continue that path – it only pushes one to become better.

Overall, Sherman Alexie did a very good job writing this book because it helps teenagers see that we are not alone and that we all face problems.

By: J.A.

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