Say something about yourself!
Didn't read the printed version.
Junior. He told what it was like to find yourself in the midst of sameness.
Breaking away while holding on to your heritage.
This story was at once funny, tragic, silly and heartwarming. The reading was perfect. I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates understanding about our fellow humans.
Sherman Alexie narrates his own audiobook which makes the delivery of every humorous and poignant scene all the more touching. Wonderful laugh out loud moments juxtaposed with heart-wrenching, unflinching, tragic events.
I love, love, love this book.
The scene where Alexie recounts the rules of fighting on the rez and then how bewildered Arnold is when getting into a fight at his new school is hilarious! I played it for my teen-aged son and he loved it.
I cannot imagine listening to any other narrator perform this book. Alexie's unique voice is perfection. His Native American voice is absolutely necessary to Arnold's character. But Alexie's comedic timing and tone are fabulous. And the grief he portrays is amazing. I have run out of adjectives. I have never enjoyed a narrator so much.
After Arnold plays the game of his life and then sees his dad in the stands. I won't spoil the plot, but it is a heartbreaking insight into the intense emotions of Arnold's world as a Part-Time Indian.
This book should be taught in middle and high schools.
From first word to last this very personal tale leads you into the richness of the life - on and off the 'Rez' - of Arnold Spirit. His unique challenges and circumstances coupled with what was, to me, an unfamiliar culture captured my attention and my heart! Never mawkish or seeking pity, I laughed as often as I felt sympathy.
An Indian Uprising!
I will keep this book near and listen again.
Honest, rough, clever
His description of the rematch home basketball game with his old tribal high school. It was so well written I was there with them on the basketball court and I've never played basketball before!
No I haven't. This was my first.
Kid without a chance makes his chances
Near or at the top
When his friendship with Rowdy came full circle and they reconnected after their falling out.
This book was a great mix of humor with reality and an eye opening look at the American Indian world.
The story is really funny and entertaining, but I'm not so into the delivery. I'd still give it a thumbs up, though!
Junior, a contemporary pre-teen and then teen, tries to become much more than what the world expects of him. His sense of humor keeps the listener from falling into the sadness that could take over his life.
I rated the performance one star lower simply because the reader's accent really started to get on my nerves. It was probably a correct accent for an Indian from a reservation -- just too sing song for me. That said...this is a wonderful audible book. Enjoy it!
This story is so honest, humbling, and humorous I didn't want to sleep. I wanted to keep playing the recording until it was done.
The author is not afraid to tell it like it is. The honesty in this story is haunting. It makes up grateful for all the opportunities we have and sorry for the ones we didn't take.
The main character has more courage as a teen than most of do all our lives.
One boy can make a difference and overcome all the evil that is around him.
I loved this book and the audio recording.