This was a very difficult rating to give-- not to mention the fact that I would have preferred my first rating to not have been the harshest available. The book had so much potential! It was cleverly filled with cartoon drawings, making it original, and the writing for the most part was humorous.
But when you look at the Criteria Statistics, I hope you'll see why I, as a Christian wanting to encourage responsible, God-honoring reading, felt compelled to give it this rating.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,
by Sherman Alexie
Library of Congress summary: Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
FOUL LANGUAGE: 39 occurrences (one "F-bomb")
SOFT LANGUAGE (heard on cable TV, but undesirable in the mouths of Christians): 32 occurrences
SEXUAL CONTENT: 22 occurrences
BLASPHEMIES: 11 occurrences of the Lord's name used as a swear word.
DRUG USE: alcohol use rampant around the characters, but never in a glamorous light.
REFERENCES TO AND GENERAL ATTITUDE TOWARD GOD: 5 occurrences. Very casual, crude, disrespectful. Examples: "More than anything, I wanted to kill God." (page 173), also main character refers to God creating thumbs so that boys could gratify themselves.
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