"she skipped me, Jonas thought, stunned. Had he heard wrong No. There was a sudden hush in the crowd, and he knew that the entire community realized that the chief elder had moved on from eighteen to twenty, leaving a gap." This similarity was a good choice by the author because it showed Jonas' panicky state of mind as he realizes that he might've not been assigned an assignment.
"He killed it! My father killed it! Jonas said to himself, stunned at what he was realizing. He continued to stare at the screen numbly." This similarity was a good choice because it clearly portrays Jonas' reaction of shock as he finally realizes the meaning of release.
"But it was necessary because it had the child seat attached to the back. And he had taken Gabriel, too. " This similarity was a good choice because it shows the audience how Jonas cared enough for Gabriel to take him along his trip.