Which made it impossible for him to make friends or feel connected to any place they ever lived. (1.29)
Will has led an isolated life for fifteen years because his parents move around so much. He hasn't connected to anyone his age at school. Is that all there is to it, though? Does Will somehow feel he is too different from the other kids to connect with them? He certainly doesn't have a hard time when he finally goes to the Center. Is it his attitude? Or something else?
"In the meantime, make new friends. Connect. Learn from each other, and for each other." (11.163)
One of the biggest benefits to being at the Center is that Will has the opportunity to make friends. The Center encourages it, because it knows its students will be weaker if they are alone.
If he was going to make it, he needed all his roommates' help. (22.80)
Will decides to make friendships not for the sake of the other person, but because it benefits him. These are more like networking opportunities than actual friends.
Four of the roommates sat around the dining room table. (27.7)
The word choice is interesting sometimes, because Frost often writes "roommates" instead of friends. Why does the author make this distinction?
"Your life should have been filled with friends. From now on it will be." (28.35)
This is a sweet little speech from Brook to Will—but why does she think Will's life should be "filled" with friends? Does Brooke value quantity over quality? Or does she mean something else by this statement?
Nick was the right guy to trust, an honest, good-hearted scrapper from the wrong side of the tracks. Will wanted him as a friend more than ever. (31.72)
For Will, who has been taught not to trust people for most of his life, trust seems to be the primary criterion in choosing a friend. Actually, given the reality of his situation, that's a pretty good criterion.
"I think I've got all the help I need right here." (31.80)
Will feels safe and confident with Nick by his side. These two will be BFFs for sure. Does it go both ways?
"You have my unqualified support. Even if it kills or severely injures me." (39.169)
Ajay sometimes feels more like a servant than a friend, but as long as he is happy, who are we to judge?
"No, Ajay, no. You were great. We couldn't have done it without you." (44.55)
As subservient as Ajay is at times, at least Will is complimentary toward him. He wants Ajay to feel like a friend instead of someone he orders around.
"Stay close to people who care about you," said Rourke. "Tell them how you feel. They can't help you if you don't. That's where you have to start." (46.2)
We seem to get a lot of mixed messages about friendships from a variety of people. Rourke suggests that the only point in having friendships is so you have people to help you. He should go into politics, we guess.