His best friend on the reservation, Rowdy, stays behind and vows never to speak to Junior—the “traitor”—again.Junior also knows that everyone else on the reservation thinks he is an “apple”: red on the outside but white on the inside.And when we said goodbye to one grandmother, we said good-bye to all of them. And all of us laughed when they covered her with dirt. "We ran into the Reardan High School Library."Look at all these books," he said."There aren't that many," I said.
His best friend on the reservation, Rowdy, stays behind and vows never to speak to Junior—the “traitor”—again.
Using humor to soften the sometimes difficult and emotional story, Alexie creates a loveable, misfit protagonist whom readers cannot help but root for.
Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation, where he discovers that alcohol is more important to most residents than an education is.
He accomplishes this accidentally when he goes out for Reardan’s basketball team.
He surprises himself when, as a freshman, he makes the varsity team and eventually even becomes a starting player.
Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? Let's do it.” ― “My grandmother's greatest gift was tolerance.
The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not.” ― “Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult?
But when you draw a picture everybody can understand it. ""I don't think that you're supposed to get THAT excited about books.""You should get a boner! "I know that because I counted them.""Okay, now you're officially a freak," I said."Yes, it's a small library. But if you read one of these books a day, it would still take you almost ten years to finish.""What's your point?
If I draw a cartoon of a flower, then every man, woman, and child in the world can look at it and say, "That's a flower.” ― “You read a book for the story, for each of its words," Gordy said, "and you draw your cartoons for the story, for each of the words and images. ""The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don't know."Wow. Any town, even one as small as Reardan, was a place of mystery.
Meanwhile, most of the students at Reardan treat Junior as an outcast as well.
Although he is stimulated by the intellectual challenges of Reardan’s advanced curriculum, Junior must fight to improve his social standing both on and off the reservation.