In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, are there any obvious hyperboles that are related to the identity of Junior?

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Junior uses many hyperboles to describe himself and his identity. He says that he was so skinny as a small child that "I'd turn sideways and disappear." He also describes his feet as so big that, given his big feet and skinny body, "I looked like a capital L walking down the road." He states that his head is so big that other kids' heads orbited around it, much as planets orbit around the sun. He describes himself as "the biggest retard in the world" because he has a stutter and a lisp at age 14. Though these descriptions may in part be based in reality, Junior describes himself in an exaggerated way, using hyperboles. The reader is supposed to understand that Junior's self-descriptions are exaggerations and are not strictly true. 

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