The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is now a classic for students and is often on required reading lists or on the other end of the spectrum, banned. The book is a classic bildungsroman (a coming of age story). It follows Junior, a budding cartoonist, navigating high school and is told in a diary style manner. It touches on topics related to teenaged years; bullying, school, and sex. It also deals with issues related to Native Americans on reservations such as prejudices and poverty. A great intersect if looking for a diverse YA novel.