To what extent should we consider Gene to be an unreliable narrator?

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All persons bring their individual perceptions and biases with them when telling a story about past events in their lives, and these personal understandings inevitably have some impact upon the telling. However, Gene seems to be particularly emotionally involved and unable to separate himself from the events he is reporting, with the result that his narration contains more introspection and less objective narrating than some readers would consider desirable.

The exchange between Gene and Phineas as they were studying the evening after returning from their overnight visit to the beach is an example of Gene's inability to present the narration in an unemotional manner. Finny tells Gene that he studies too hard; Gene attempts to refute the accusation, but then decides that perhaps he has a reason for working at his classwork as hard as he does.

"Somebody's got to be the head of the class."...What if I was. It was a pretty good goal to have, it seemed to me...If I was head of the class on...

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