This book has a theme that is pretty much relevant with everyday life. Alcoholism, death and the fact that Indians believe they dont have any hope, makes it worse. I would also say that the book managed to point out love. Junior and Penelope’s semi-love would be symbolized as light in the end of the tunnel when he transferred school from Winnipit to Reardan.
The surrounds and enviroment in this book, is something that was relevant in those days. Racism and abusive against those who stood out was normal then. Arnold (Junior) lived in a reservation in Winnipit. People there believed there was no hope for those who stayed in the reservation to long, they said people would just die there without being anyone or anything. 3-4 miles north there is a small city that consisting of white poeple. Arnold does not fit in there at all.
Halfway in the book, Arnold decides to get a proper education. There is not many of his kind that has changed school from Winnipit to Reardan. His best friend Rowdy gets angry because of the decision. I would say the plot of the story took place in this part of the book.
Arnold is an insecure person. The way he feels is different from the way he acts. ”We were supposed to be happy with our limitations. But there was no way Penelope and I were going to sit still. Nope, we both wanted to fly” Arnold said. He is desperately seeking to be something in this world. We can clearly see that he is way more secure and confident on himself in the end.
My own impression about the book is that it is a fantastic written book, with a hint of recreation of Alexie Sherman’s life. The language is simpel and i think that the text is directed towards people at our age. This is clearly one of the better books i have read.