Adonis is a jock. He's on the football team and heÕs dating one of the prettiest girls in school. Alan is the new kid. He wears lipstick and joins the Fashion Club. Soon enough the football team is out to get him. Adonis is glad to go along with his teammates . . . until they come up with a... read more
“<My grandmother> was everything to me. She was a tough lady who taught me how to take care of myself. She'd say, 'Alan, you can walk away, step aside, or fight if you have to. But never stoop down lower than the troublemaker in front of you.' I hear those words of hers in my mind every day.”Alan
“But I didn't scream any of that stuff. I told myself it was mainly because of Melody, and how she would have seen me for some big phony. But it really wasn't. It was because I knew it would crush Alan, maybe not on the outside, where I'd be able to see it, but on the inside, where it counts.”Adonis
“That's a strong, positive image to have of yourself, Adonis. Just remember, it's harder to do than say.”Adonis' mom
“I picked this poem because it was one of my mother's favorites. She's a third-grade teacher and says it's about how everybody's the same. Like in the line, 'For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you.' But in the other poem it's just the opposite. It says 'take warning-I am surely far different from what you suppose.' So maybe that's how we're the same-we're all different.”Adonis
“I was the scared one. I was scared of what people would think. And that fear got to be much bigger than what I thought about myself. I was wrong. I was wrong about you and about me. Maybe we can just start over again, if you can ever forgive me.”Adonis
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