I was not even involved enough to get angry with his father or stepmother, and by all rights, I should have been! When I am passionate about something I'm reading I'll meet Lance at the door and rail against the injustice served against the book's characters be they fiction or non-, and this story didn't spark that in me, though it had all the components that would make you think it would. I can already hear my book club- 'How sad, how awful, can you believe it', but I want to know, What now? This terrible thing happened to you, your youth and a large part of your adult life was total crap, but what about now? He's spearheaded an NPR broadcast, written a national best seller, probably looking at a movie sometime in the future, he's now a national speaker, has a devoted wife and two healthy kids. I'm not jealous of him certainly. I wouldn't trade anything in my life for a lobotomy and a chance at a book deal. I don't doubt for a second that he would give all of that back just for the chance to have a fully intact frontal lobe, so I get it, all the pissing and moaning, but I just wanted to hear him say one time- 'I was given a shit hand. My dad's a jerk, my step mother is the devil incarnate, but I hold the reins now and look at what I've done.'
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