Reader Response Journal : Reader Response Chapters Of American Dreams

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Reader Response Journal #1 Chapters 1-3, pages 1-24 “But we reservation Indians don't get to realize our dreams. We don't get these chances. Or choices. We're just poor. That's all we are.” (Pg.13) I think that thE author is trying to show that by growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, Junior has developed an idea in his head that he can't be anything other than poor. He realizes that his parents had dreams to be something “other than poor” but there was never anyone to pay attention to their dreams. This is meaningful because being poor has evidently held back Junior and his family. Reader Response Journal #2 Chapters 4-5, pages 25-43 In Chapter 5, Junior was suspended for throwing a geometry book in …show more content…

This confused me because Junior punched Roger in the face for being mean to him, yet when Penelope was mean he kept trying to impress her. Reader Response Journal #5 Chapter 12-13, pages 82-100 “And so we did become friends. Not the best of friends. Not like Rowdy and me. We didn’t share secrets. Or dreams. No, we studied together.” (Pg.94) What’s interesting about this section is that Junior’s friendship with Gordy is completely different from his relationship with Rowdy. With Rowdy, Junior could talk to him about his feelings and share secrets. With Gordy however, they spent time reading and studying. I thought it was interesting how Junior went from his friendship with Rowdy to one with Gordy, which was completely different. Reader Response Journal #6 Chapters 14-16, Pages 101-117 In Chapter 15, I was surprised to find that Penelope was bulimic. When she explained to Junior the difference between bulimics and anorexics, she said something that reminded Junior of his dad. “I’m only bulimic when I’m throwing up.” (Pg.107) This was when Junior realized that there are all kinds of addicts. Junior then told Penelope to not give up, which is what he always told his dad when he was drunk. This made Penelope start crying, and she told Junior that she was scared all the time but nobody would let her be scared because she was “pretty and smart and popular”. I think the author is trying to show that even the prettiest,

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