Ugh, don't get me started on this horrible book. I would give this 0 stars if I could. Everything is so coincidental, and the guy got so lucky that it's unimaginable. Teachers love the "symbolism" in Hatchet. I think the reason why teachers go "deep" when kids read this novel is because if they stay on the "surface", they realize how dumb the book is. It is also totally unrealistic! I mean, when you are in the wilderness, on a plane that is crashing, etc., you should not be thinking about your parents' divorce! Gary Paulsen tries to add some emotional parts, and it doesn't really work out. Sorry Gary.