Let’s start with the positive. I loved the alternating narrators, switching off between Aimee and Alan’s points of view. It was cool to get inside both of their heads and see the events of the story from more than one perspective, especially since so much of the conflict is internal. I also really liked the concept of the story, the attention to detail in the background of the setup – like the pieces about Aimee’s mother – and the inclusion of Native American culture. It’s really rare for YA books to include any kind of diversity, and this wasn’t just a token mention: Alan’s spirituality is a key element in After Obsession.
This is one of those books that will touch you in a deep and profound way.
It’s hard to tell where Alexie ends and where his character, Junior, begins. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is supposedly semi-autobiographical, but not completely. Regardless of how much is true and how much is changed, though, Junior’s story is intense.