Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 4(3), pp. 181 - 187
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040302
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Should Some Limits Be Set to the Harsh Realities Represented in Young Adult Fiction?


Aitor Ibarrola Armendariz *
Department of Modern Languages and Basque Studies, University of Deusto, Spain

ABSTRACT

Sherman Alexie's novel for young adults The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007) won several book awards, including the Amazon.com Best Book of the Year and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Reviewers praised the raw feelings and the intelligent humor that Alexie shows in his portrayal of a 14-year-old Native American boy who faces many of the ordeals that the author himself experienced as an adolescent: illness, bullying, alcoholic parents, racism, etc. His protagonist, Arnold Spirit Jr., shares with other young heroes such as Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield an urgent desire to escape, in his case from the constraints forced upon him by life on the Spokane Reservation. Interestingly, despite the immense courage and honesty that the character exudes, the book has become the target of fierce criticism as it is said to depict violence, sex, and xenophobia in ways that will hurt the sensibilities of young readers.

KEYWORDS
YA Fiction, Native Americans, Sherman Alexie, Problem Novels, Censorship

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Aitor Ibarrola Armendariz , "Should Some Limits Be Set to the Harsh Realities Represented in Young Adult Fiction?," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 181 - 187, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040302.

(b). APA Format:
Aitor Ibarrola Armendariz (2016). Should Some Limits Be Set to the Harsh Realities Represented in Young Adult Fiction?. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 4(3), 181 - 187. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040302.