Cole used to love to blame all his problems on the world, but he has grown past that. This is one major way I connected to Cole and the book. Since I can remember, I blamed all my problems on the world, saying that it's not my fault that I got a certain grade, or it's not my fault I am sitting alone without anyone to talk to. In Cole's case, he doesn't have anyone to talk to because they are all scared of him and no one has the courage to go up to him and try to make friends with him. I feel that if he had friends to talk to, hang out with, laugh with, share his secrets and problems with, he wouldn't have had the realization that life is beautiful at fifteen years old. I'm not saying people realize life is beautiful when they're three years old, but if he had friends he wouldn't have had to realize it while being alone.
Throughout the process of reading this book, as you probably know, we were put into a group with five people. I don't understand books well when others are reading and I just end up reading ahead and this makes others in my group a little upset, but I can't help it. Considering I don't understand books when other people read it for me, the author has done an amazing job because I can understand most of the book very well.
If you like a book with a lot of metaphors and life lessons, you should definitely read this book. My favourite metaphor/life lesson in the book, is when Edwin used the stick to show Cole that anger is a feeling never forgotten. If you have read the book, comment below what you favourite metaphor was. :)
P.S. For Mr. McDonald's class, I'm super excited to finish the book with you guys!