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Soar Away and Find Your Own Authentic Destiny, Review > The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Soar Away and Find Your Own Authentic Destiny, Review > The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When life deals you a bad hand, there is always hope you just have to be brave enough to take hold of that hope and pursue it. Arnold “Junior” Spirit sometimes feels like life has dealt him a bad hand. 30-year-old textbooks describe the unpromising life he can hope for living on the Indian Reservation. So Junior does the extraordinary and leaves the rez for Reardon, a predominantly white school where “hope” and a “better future” seemingly exist.

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This story was more of a mirror for me than a window, and I felt a deep connection to Junior’s quest for “hope.” I grew up in a small Oklahoma town after leaving California when I was 6, and there are a lot of similarities between living in a small town and Junior’s experiences living on the rez. Like Junior’s rez, in my small town, there aren't many opportunities for educational or career advancement, alcohol and bars are some of the few forms of entertainment available, everybody knows everybody, and most everybody stays in the small town generation after generation. Also, like Junior, I have always felt like I needed to venture elsewhere if I wanted more for myself and a better future, so I left for college and was the first in my family to graduate with a college degree. After pursuing my graduate degree, I still struggled with my feelings of wanting to stay close to my family and wanting to travel and live life away from Oklahoma. Like Junior’s description of his culture, my Latin American culture has created strong family ties and expectations to stay with or close to family. Thus, like Junior, these differing identities of an adventurous self and cultural expectations are often at a battle in my life.

I also want to mention that my husband enjoys this book too, and he doesn't read often. I think this book would be a good choice for any reluctant reader regardless of gender or age. 

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