The obviously poor choices made at the beginning of the novel by Danny and his friends makes us so easily quick to judge them while reading. But when we begin to see them make small positive changes, we can't help but reflect back upon ourselves and find a way to relate to each of them. Danny and his friends slowly build upon their shaky moral foundations throughout the novel. It is indicative of the slow progress that we as fallible humans go through, learning from our mistakes and gaining bits of wisdom that translate into a better moral character. Whether or not Danny and his friends had truly changed is left a bit open. The key lesson of the novel is in the goodness of friendship and camaraderie.