My Reading of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Now I have finished reading my book, and here is my double entry journal.

Theme

“Who has the most hope?” I asked.

Mom and Dad looked at each other. They studied each other’s eyes[…] And then they both looked back at me.

“Come on,” I said. “Who has the most hope?”

“White people,” my parents said at the same time.

I think the most important theme in the book is hope. Hope gets talked about a lot in the book. Junior moves school because that is the only option if he wants to follow his dreams and get rich and famous. He is going to find more hope the father he is from the sad reservation.

Setting

The story takes place in the poor Wellpinit Indian reservation and the rich Reardan town.

“All these kids have given up,” he said. “all your friends. All the bullies. And their mothers and fathers have given up, too. […] If you stay in this rez,” Mr. P said, “they’re going to kill you. I’m going to kill you. We’re all going to kill you. […] “You’re going to find more and more hope the farther and farther you walk away from this sad, sad, sad, reservation.”

When Junior fins his mom’s name in his math book, he finally understands that the rez that he is living in has no hope. The school did not evolve, and no one cared.

Plot

I saw this written on the inside front cover: THIS BOOK BELONGS TO AGNES ADAMS

[…] Agnes Adams is my mother. […]

I couldn’t believe it.

How horrible is that?

My school and my tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from. That is absolutely the saddest thing in the world.

After this Junior decides to change school. I think this is an important turning point.

Character development

“No, I´m serios. I always knew you were going to leave. I always knew you were going to leave us behing and travel the world. I had this dream about you[…] You looked happy. And I was happy for you.”
Rowdy didn´t cry. But I did.
“You´re an old-time nomad,” Rowdy said. “You´re going to keep moving all over the world in search of food and water and grazing land. That´s pretty cool.”
I could barely walk.
“Thank you,” I said.

At the beginning of the book, Rowdy and Junior were inseparable. When Junior changes school, Rowdy became mad at him and didn’t talk to him. In the end, they became friends with each other in the end.

 

I really enjoyed reading The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian! I think you learn something about friendship and hope by reading. When I started reading it I thought the book would be more about the rest of his life, but it was more about his childhood. I really liked the drawings and illustrations in the book.

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3 thoughts on “My Reading of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  1. Mrs. Wohlafka

    Hi, Julian!
    I really enjoyed reading “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian”, too! Did you know this book was banned in certain places in the United States for “vulgarity, racism and anti-Christian content”?
    What setting did you put on your blog since I can comment on it, but not on anybody else’s in your class? Perhaps you could tell the rest of your class how to set up their blogs so people from outside your class can comment

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