"To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews, creatures who people the tree of your life and give it new branches. To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches. To lose your mother, well, that is like losing the sun above you."
"Will it destroy me,
and will that even matter?
This ache inside me."
"I just want to be normal, like everybody else.”
“Are you sure that being like everybody else will make you happy?"
"In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to."
"Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act."