"As a teacher ... I have taught so many Jodys from terrible home situations and felt the same helplessness "watching" Jody as I felt "watching" them. Misty frightened me. She is the Columbine Killer."

"Harley is so representative of so many people who are victims of circumstances that were not of their own creation."

"Harley is me, his life is my life."

"My mother read the book first and tried to tell me that I did not want to read it. I persisted and began. ... When the sexual content started to become apparent, I realized why my mother didn't want me to read the book."