Q: Towards the end of the book, Colin thinks about how he wants “to be as special as everyone had always told him he was...” Did you ever have a similar experience?
I think most people have had that experience, whether it’s about academic performance or baseball or writing or cheerleading or whatever.
I think in some ways that’s what adolescence is—the emerging knowledge that you are not alone, both in exciting and in disappointing ways.
At some point in adolescence, you realize that you are not the center of the universe, which is a bummer of a thing to discover. But it’s only through this discovery that you can build the kind of deep and lasting and sustaining relationships with peers that are so central to adulthood.
That’s what I wanted to write about.