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Yet teen readers will get a lot from Junior's story: his sincere and sardonic voice is expressed not only in his writing but in his comics about his life, family, and friends.
He decides that things can change for him. She is obsessed with leaving the small town behind and traveling the world. American Experience spoke with Frick about teaching the book. The Absolutely True Diary doesn't pull any punches, but it also offers readers a hilarious and hopeful read.
Kind of sounds like he should give up and call it a day, right? I'm a rez kid who's gone urban, and that's what I write about.
But really, I was more struck by the inclusion of Steinbeck and Ellison than the others - you have poverty and you have race, pretty squarely represented. He doesn't draw what they actually are. He plays the piano, the guitar and the saxophone.
Along with The Grapes of Wrath. Despite all this, Arnold chooses to live a life of opportunity and possibility. Still, as the novel teaches us, there is also plenty of joy—or, as one of the character calls joy, "metaphorical boners"—to be had.