Dear Sherman Alexie,
I recently read your book in my English class. It was a real interesting book to read and changed my perspective on the Indian culture and how they live. I, personally, don’t think that your book should be banned, because all teenagers should read this book to see how Indians actually live and so people don’t look at movies that make them look differently. When books are band like this people don’t read them as much and don’t get to see what their culture is rally like and make assumptions.
When I first heard that I was reading A True Diary of a Part Time Indian I didn’t think that it would change how I think of Indians. But I was pleasantly surprised. My perspective has changed since I read this book. I used to think that on Indian reservations all Indians lived in the little tee pee houses. I also thought that all Indians wore head dresses. When reading this book I learned that you can’t make an assumption about something or someone before for you go and find out information. As well as reading your book I also listened to it. I really liked how when you were reading the book you put lots of emotion into the book.
Your book had a big impact on me and how I look at the Indian community. I now think of Indians as hard workers with big hearts. The hard workers comes from all the hard work they do to survive. The big hearts comes from when someone dies the whole community comes together to support each other. I have personally driven through a reservation in Arizona and I remember seeing a casino. I had always wanted to figure out why there was a casino on an Indian reservation. After reading your book I found out why casinos are so important to their culture to make money and survive.
I have a couple of question for you, was it harder to write your book considering you lived some of these things or was it easier. What are the big noticeable differences that you noticed life on the rez and life off the rez. How was school different at beyond the rez beside the learning aspect?
My favorite part about reading your book is how you put great detail in the book. Most authors would have left out some of the deep detail you put into the book. Having the extra detail helped me picture what it would be like if I were in your shoes. Your book also helped me and probably others understand what it is like to grow up on a reservation and that there are several similar things between on a rez and off a rez.