Since the story is told from Sammy's point of view, the humor is also expressed in his thoughts and by his words. His easy, conversational, teenaged vocabulary allows him to express things differently than an adult would. His sense of humor makes him likable as a character. He uses slang when describing the dollar bill that had "just come from between the two smoothest scoops of vanilla I had ever known." His use of slang not only adds to the humor of the story, but it also shows him to be a typical teenage boy. His humor is sarcastic when he refers to the older housewives who are shopping in the store, but he becomes sensitive when he talks about the girls in the bathing suits. Overall, Sammy's sense of humor makes the story more enjoyable and more realistic.
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