“You should approach each book -- you should approach life -- with the real possibility that you might get a metaphorical boner at any point.”
The author managed to make the narration light and funny. The characters were fleshed out nicely and very engaging. I realize that some languages may discourage conservative readers, but I thought it was vital in consistency with the character. The fact that it tried to be truthful to its core made it more agreeable.
“My school and my tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from. That is absolutely the saddest thing in the world.”
Arnold is a poor Indian boy living in a poor Indian reservation wherein alcoholism and abuse are rampant. But Arnold has hope as well. He is fighting the racial belief that all reservation Indians are meant to fail. He tried to find hope in others and decided to change things for himself. It wasn't easy, nothing was easy, but he chose possibilities instead of dejection.
“I suddenly understood that if every moment of a book should be taken seriously, then every moment of a life should be taken seriously as well.”
I recommend this novel because I truly believe that stories of Hope are important, especially for the youth. They should be thought not to give into despair, not to stop moving, and believe that change do happen if we work for it.