""Hello sir I said. I got your note. Thanks a lot"(11).
"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life"(19).
"I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage"(50).
In this quote Holdan demonstrates that he is attempting to be socially acceptable through his speech even though it may not be what he is really thinking of in the moment. This indirectly illuminates how Holdan is attempting to fit in with society.
"...I broke all the windows in the garage"(50).
Within Holdan's thought, the reader can identify that Holdan is a bit of a hypocrite. Judging everyone else for being "phony" then describing himself as a liar. This leads us to believe that Holdan is not a reliable narrator.
"Always showing some hot shot guy on a horse..."(4).
In this quote Holdan describes his parents freaking out after his reaction to his little brother's death. His parents seem almost embarassed that Holdan is reacting to something tramatic and showing emotion that they treat him like he is crazy. This illustrates that even his own family thinks he is an outcast, which may be why Holdan deals with pyscological problems today.
Holdan's action of breaking all the windows in the garage demonstrates the importance of his little brother Ally. Allowing the reader to understand possibly why Holdan acts and thinks the way he does, due to the fact that he has suffered a loss early on.
In this example, the reader can assume that Holdan is not one of these "hot-shots" that he describes. Which allows the reader to picture Holdan to look like an outcast or not fit in with the rest of the kids around him.