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  • "After Oscar died, I was so depressed that I thought about crawling into a hole and disappearing forever" (15).
  • "So I say to Penelope what I always say to Dad when he's drunk and depressed and ready to give up on the world. 'Hey, Penelope,' I say. 'Don't give up'" (108).
  • I'm looking at an anorexic.
  • Theme Statement: In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, an essential lesson that the reader learns is that part of growing up is how to cope with the harsh realities of life.
  • What are you looking at?
  • Don't leave me, don't ever leave me.
  • "She'd lost her mother and her daughter in just a few months. Who ever recovers from a thing like that? Who ever gets better?" (207).
  • I'm sorry, Mom. I'm so sorry.
  • Alexie wants us to realize that losing a friend is a right of passage for many, after losing a friend it changes their personality and how they act.
  • Alexie wants us to realize that everybody has social pressures and they can be some of the most stressful things in life, but everyone must learn to balance them and deal with them at some point in life.
  • Alexie wants us to realize that nobody can recover from losing a loved one, they just let it become a part of who they are, and that is a part of growing up.
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