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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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What does Rowdy secretly like to read?

Rowdy secretly likes to read goofy comic books that he keeps hidden in his closet.

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Rowdy likes to cultivate his tough-guy persona. He makes sure that the other children on the reservation are afraid of him and know that he would not hesitate to beat them up if they got in his way. However, he also has a soft side to him, even if few...

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Rowdy likes to cultivate his tough-guy persona. He makes sure that the other children on the reservation are afraid of him and know that he would not hesitate to beat them up if they got in his way. However, he also has a soft side to him, even if few people ever get to see it. This is illustrated by his secret love of classic children's comic books.

In chapter 3, Junior describes Rowdy's love of these comics. They are not the superhero comics that one might expect someone with Rowdy's bravado to enjoy. Instead, these are the more goofy, light-hearted stories like Casper the Friendly Ghost and Archie.

Of course, Rowdy's reputation might be ruined if his love of these comic books were discovered. That is why he feels it necessary to keep them a secret. He keeps his comic books hidden in a secret hole in the wall of his closet, although he does share them with Junior.

This is just one of several indications that Rowdy puts up a front in public as a form of self-defense. As someone who regularly experiences abuse at home, Rowdy struggles with self-confidence. Even though these comics help him stay in touch with his softer emotions, he can't risk letting them expose who he truly is to the other children on the reservation.

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