Dale gives Sarah and Eric many hard times as preteens by constantly insulting them and demanding their lunch money.Sarah becomes sick of puting up with other peoples torment and finally stands up for herself.One day after swim practice Eric gets in his car where he says, “The sharp, cold point of a knife indents my cheek like a pencil on a fresh table and Virgil Byrnes’s voice goes stone cold” (Crutcher 243).This quote shows the tension between enemies and how events can easily become destructive.Sue Foley, who was born in Ontario, Canada, and played her first gig at the age of 16.After graduating from high school, she formed the Sue Foley Band and began touring Canada and honing her skills.I’ll just take money from your fat friend” (Crutcher 26).This quote shows that power can get results and is the easy way out. Next, a conflict arises with Brittain and Eric over Eric dating Brittain’s recently ex girlfriend, Jody.
“Dale glared at her again and dropped his fist; he say’s “you probably don’t got no money anyway.Conflicts do not just make stories interesting but also life.features a trio of legendary Texas guitarslingers Jimmie Vaughan, Z. Tops Billy F Gibbons and Charlie Sexton as well as a host of other Lone Star State all-stars.Virgil knows that Eric is part of Sarah’s escape plan and Virgil did everything in his power to get the information from Eric.
He finally succeeds by almost stabbing Eric to death, which shows Eric’s valiant character traits.
While some readers believe that conflict is not a major part of this novel a closer analysis will show that conflict improves the plot and ties the book together.