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  • " I am a zero on the rez. And if you subtract zero from zero, you still have zero. So what's the point of subtracting when the answer is always the same" (16).
  • No one ever notices me.
  • "Well she wasn't shy about writing books. She was shy about the kind of books she wanted to write" (37).
  • She was shy about it. She always thought people would make fun of her.
  • In PTI an important lesson learned is that identity and self-esteem can be based upon the actions and judgement of others.
  • That would have been cool.
  • But, I don't have any money. They will make fun of me.
  • "What would they think of me if they knew that I sometimes had to hitchhike to school? Yeah, so I pretended to have a little money. I pretended to be middle class. I pretended to belong" (119).
  • Come on. Lets go out to eat with them.
  • Yeah. It will be fun.
  • Sherman Alexie wants us to realize that people Junior's age are very insecure, and normally think that no one notices them.
  • Sherman Alexie wants us to realize that many people have insecurities about certain interests, and usually hind them, in fear of someone finding out about them.
  • Sherman Alexie wants us to realize that many people are insecure about their home lives, as they feel it shapes them as a person.
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