**Reviewer Note: This book does contain adult content including several scenes of sensuality
What to say about this one?
The funny comments in the book had me reading it out loud to my aunt, grandma, and cousin. My cousin now has my copy and is reading it. I finished this book in one night.
This book is getting hit hard by critics. It is banned at a few places and is up against other cases to be banned. Brutal honesty is what this book offers. It would be a tragedy if people could not pick up this book and be transported to a Reservation. Then again, the people that would not want to read this book are probably the ones trying to ban it.
He had a hard time finding a place in the white school as well. Soon enough confrontation hit him again, except this time there was no Rowdy. Junior did what any self respecting boy would do, stand up for himself and punch the other dude. Which was great aside from the fact it did not provide the results expected. (I'll let you read about that one.)
Now with many books you expect a love interest. True for this book as well. Junior fell in love with a white girl at the school. What? Did he loose his mind on the walk to school? How does a boy with a big head and stutter get the girl? Well, I'll let you read about that one as well.
Junior is having Thanksgiving dinner with his family. He comments on how odd it is for Native Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving on the reservation. My words when it comes to our Thanksgiving at home. Confused, he asks his father what they have to be thankful for. His father says they should be thankful that the white man didn't kill all of them. They have a good laugh at that.
I had a good laugh at that. But really, it is not funny at all.
We can not forget about the whimsical drawings (by Ellen Forney). They bring Juniors stories to life in a whole different way. I'm pretty sure I laughed and let out a sigh after each and every one of those drawings.
I should mention that the whole book is not full of funny world realization from our hero Junior but there are vary sad parts that revolve around people. And it seems even more so to people that live on reservations. Drinking problems, death, being poor, and racism is all addressed in this semi true diary of Sherman Alexie's life.
"Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor."
"I was studying the sky like I was an astronomer, except it was daytime and I didn't have a telescope, so I was just an idiot."
"I used to think the world was broken down by tribes," I said. "By black and white. By Indian and white. But I know that isn't true. The world is only broken into two tribes: The people who are assholes and the people who are not."
"I wasn't just defending myself. I was defending Indians, black people, and buffalo."