At the beginning of the story Brian was trying to cope with the stress and sadness of his parent’s divorce. Now at the end of the book, after having surivived various animal attacks, tornadoes, exposure to the elements, hunger and many other hardships, how has he changed? Is he smarter, braver? Does he see himself and the world differently? If so how? Does he see his parent’s divorce in a new light? What has Brian learned about himself and the hardships of life?