I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this book out for my Goodreads YA Book Club Spring Challenge, but as I started listening to it on a drive down to Arlington, VA, I knew it was not what I was expecting at all. I don't think anyone expects this book. That's part of what's so great about it. The downside is, I'm not sure how to describe it. Ed Kennedy, an Australian cab driver who admits to being bad at sex and doing his taxes within the first few pages, is having a midlife crisis and he's only 19. He's hopelessly in love with his friend, Audrey, and perplexed by his other friends, and his tense relationship with his foul-mouthed mother. After he unexpectedly thwarts a bank robbery, his life becomes even more confusing courtesy of mysterious playing cards he receives in the mail. Each card prompts him to come to the aid of someone else who needs support in a difficult time, and with each person he helps, Ed begins to make sense of his own life and constructs some meaning for himself.
Multicultural literature has a bad wrap with some people, and it's not completely undeserved. I don't think anyone should get a free pass for writing a horrible book, and writing (and publishing) a horrible children's book should be punished with 20 lashings with a wet noodle and a big, wet, stinky fart! Sherman Alexie does not disappoint with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Anyone who wants to read about succeeding against the odds, and staying true to your own values even when it means risking everything else needs to add this to their must read list. Anyone who enjoys good fart jokes and riffs about masturbation also needs to add it as a must-read.
Listening to the Audible version is great because Sherman Alexie reads the book, so you get to hear his accent for the full effect.
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