Cell One and Big World are both similar in that the two short stories both evolve around the life of a teenage boy who rebels against his parents to get their attention because he thinks his parents are too busy to care about him. Who then turns the other cheek thinking he knows what's best for himself and his future. Their parents let them do what they want because they think that's what they want, when really they are desperate for their love, understanding and guidance.
Nnamabia from Cell One knows that whenever he gets into trouble his parents are always there to cover him. But his parents aren't providing him with the love he longs for. He finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, which lands him into trouble far beyond his parents' control. This gets him second guessing his actions as well as his parents' authority but he also realizes that he doesn't have to go to desperate measures to get their attention or love.
However, The Narrator in Big World lives with his mother who has