I still cannot decide if this book if dark or not. The genius of this book is simply that kids can read it and enjoy the story, and adults can read it and be disturbed by the story, and thereby enjoy it too. Ha.
So here are some of my favourite quotes from this book:
If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer.
You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.
You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.
You're brave. You are the bravest person I know, and you are my friend. I don't care if you are imaginary.
Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.
Things bloosom in their time. They bud and bloom, blossom and fade. Everything in its time.
It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.
We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.