The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Summary

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a novel by Sherman Alexie in which protagonist Junior, a Spokane Indian, transfers to a predominately white high school and struggles to adapt.

  • When Junior decides to transfer to a high school in a rich white town, his best friend Rowdy is furious.
  • Junior is a misfit in his new school, but he makes the varsity basketball team. However, his first game is against his old high school, and Rowdy knocks Junior unconscious during the third quarter.
  • A series of personal tragedies leave Junior devastated, and, during summer vacation, he finally reconciles with Rowdy.

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In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), Sherman Alexie recounts the trials of a Native American teenager, Arnold “Junior” Spirit, during his first year in high school. Using humor to soften the sometimes difficult and emotional story, Alexie creates a loveable, misfit protagonist whom readers cannot help but root for.

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Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation, where he discovers that alcohol is more important to most residents than an education is. Junior decides to transfer from his reservation school to Reardan High, a white school that is more than twenty miles away. Once he arrives, Junior finds that he is the only Indian (besides the school’s mascot) there. His best friend on the reservation, Rowdy, stays behind and vows never to speak to Junior—the “traitor”—again. Junior also knows that everyone else on the reservation thinks he is an “apple”: red on the outside but white...

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