*The Whole Sky Full of Stars* By: Rene Saldana,Jr.

Brandy Satterfield
Alby and Barry are best friends and Barry
does a little boxing on the side
sometimes , there is a Man o’ Might
competition coming up for boxers and
Alby wants to but Barry in it because he
thinks he can win the prize money. Alby
wants to split it sixty-forty for being his
manager, heavy on Barry’s head of
course. This is revealing at some points
Alby can be little selfish because he’s not
really worried about if Barry can get hurt
or not he’s just worried about the
money. Barry on the other hand is not a
careless person he is worried about if he
may or may not get hurt in this
competition & he does want to leave his
mother since she has just lost her
husband (his father) about a year ago. He
is also thinking about if he does win this
money it will help his mother out a lot
with the finances since they are having a
very hard time with them .
• “Man ! Barry can hit. If I can just talk
him into putting these boxing skills to
good use, it could be a win-win
situation for both of use” (P.2)
“Ciro was a loan shark, giving guys at
school a month to pay him back without
interest, and if they didn’t they would get
another month but this time with 15%
tacked on . Always there was the threat
of a beating from Ciro’s thugs” (p.6)
Alby played a game of poker with a
few guys from his school who aren’t so
nice or friendly , basically just the
wrong crowd to be around. Alby ended
up losing the game so now he owes
thee “leader of the pack” $500 dollars
and if he doesn’t get the money to him
in a month he will get jumped. This is
showing Alby is irresponsible by just
gambling all of his money away not
even thinking about things like , what
if I lose this game and all of my money
? What other money do I have after
that ? Am I even going to be able to
pay him if I lose ?
• “ Did his teachers and
principal know ? If they
did, would they
confront him, try and
talk some sense into
him ? What would he
say ? “ (p.77)
People at Barry’s school found out
about how he was going to fight in the
competition and he was afraid his
teachers and principal would find out
and afraid of what everyone was going
to say. Revealing that Barry is a
worrisome person wondering about
what people were saying and if the
teachers and principal knew and what
they thought about him and the
decisions he was making.
Barry couldn’t figure out
what Alby had been up to ,
talking to guys that he usually
didn’t (a bad crowd) ,didn’t
know why Alby still claimed to
not know what the reward for
winning was, and him not
even being around during the
competition. Then Barry
finally figured it out, Alby had
been betting on fights behind
Barry’s back and he knew all
along the prize for winning
was only a hundred dollars.
This reveals Alby doesn’t
seem to be a very good friend
by lying to him , keeping
things from him,& doing
things behind his back,
meanwhile its because all he
is worried about is the money,
not their friendship.
• “Unbelievable ! What kind
of fool does he take me for
? All along it’s been me
doing the work , and him
raking in the bucks. In the
ring its been all me – not
him. Me ! And where’s he
at now ?” (p.96)
This quote is important
because it is a sental
mental object to Barry
since his father died after
getting the car & it was
really all he left for Barry .
“ The Galaxie was parked in the old man’s
workshop , under a tarp. Pop walked around it
slowly a couple times, stooping close, then
squinting. “It’s in fair shape” , “Hubcaps are
missing. I see some interior leather cracked. It’ll
need new paint. The chrome’s decent” he got on
his knees and knocked on the gas tank with his
knuckles. “But no rust anywhere. Can we take it
for a spin?” (P.31)
This is the moment where his father
died so it is an obvious reason for why
the setting is important to Barry.
Specially since Barry was right there to
witness it.
• “Barry and momma were by his
side. In the bare white room with
cords everywhere and a bulletin
board type thing saying what nurse
it to do what. Barry didn’t hear the
noises of the machines falter, then
go flat to a droning beep; he didn’t
see the lights flashing in a different
patter. He kept holding Pop’s hand
and staring at Pop’s clean fingernails. Then the nurses came and he
let go of Pop’s hand. And he hadn’t
found out what it was Pop wanted
know or do in case one day… He’d
have to figure that out on his own”
• Alby is in deep trouble and
this setting is just
explaining how serious it all
really is.
“He couldn’t go to sleep , just tossing
and turning. He was thinking over the
pounding he’d already gotten and was
going to get. Ciro’s muscles hard as
rock with the vanes looking like there
just about to pop right out of his skin,
and he always wore black t-shirts.
When they’d showed up at Alby’s
house the other day, it was lucky that
his parents had been at work. One of
the guy’s had grabbed a greasy wrench
from the toolbox from his fathers
toolbox. Whispering “Understand? Pay
back , or else.”
• Couldn’t finish the rest of
my power point , need
about 4 more slides! If I
had more time this would
be a lot better ! : )

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