you should read this…

So, I’m a little late to the game, but I have to say it: I LOVED The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

I’m maybe the last person in the world to read it — or at least the last person in the University of Baltimore MFA community — and I’m not ashamed to admit it. But now that I’m converted, I think you should read it, too. Why, you ask?

  1. It’s the story of the ultimate nerd. Nerds are awesome.
  2. The scene with Mr. P will make you cry (in a good way). So many cool teachers in this book.
  3. It’s Maryland’s “One Book,” so chances are you can have a conversation with a stranger on the street after you’re done.
  4. It’s short and full of funny cartoons.
  5. Most of all, though: For all it’s effortlessness, Absolutely True tells a story I’m guessing a lot of kids can relate to. You don’t need to have grown up on an Indian reservation to get it. This could speak to anyone: the bullied, the bully, the pretty girl, the parent, the crazy grandma.

I managed to read it in one day, which NEVER happens. So, now I want you to go out and read it, too. (Please.) I’d love to hear what you think about it!

P.S. Thanks to Pam for picking it for book club. 🙂


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