"Maybe that was my mistake--even trying to understand. Garland was so simple--seven acres of land containing exactly one house, one barn, a vegetable garden, fruit trees, a pickup truck, and only one other person. Maybe in a place as complex as C Average Middle School, it was impossible to analyze every single thing that happened."
from Schooled by Gordon Korman
Cap is a fish out of water. In the chapters he narrates, the reader can sense the longing he has to return to Garland--the world he knows. His adaptation strategy? To be himself. He's oblivious to the social "rules" of middle school, and just does his own thing. Sometimes it's not necessary to try to understand it all. You have to go with the flow. Cap Anderson is so Zen!
I think that when Gordon Korman illustrates Cap's difficulties in adapting to a new culture, he reminds us that adaptation is challenging for everyone...teenagers and adults. In some ways, it's easier for kids.