The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By Sherman Alexie

A quick read, this book is simultaneously hilarious and deeply depressing. It’s a quick read because it’s possibly a YA book, unclear to me, perhaps it’s on the fence. It’s definitely written from the perspective of a fourteen year old, so the language is easy. Plus it has cartoons on every other page, which are great and add to the diary aesthetic, though ultimately make it a quicker read. It’s hilarious because it’s open and honest about the silliness and vanity of being fourteen, with comments on masturbation and liking girls and fighting with friends. It’s deeply depressing because it’s about a kid from an Indian reservation who is trying to get out, his experience trying to get out is painful as is his description of the life on the reservation he’s trying to leave.