What a great lesson that this book instills....Don't judge! Throughout this book many people were not how they were perceived. I love the parallels the author made between many of the characters: Mary-Claudia and Patrick-Leroy. How different Mary's life would have been if she had met someone like Kyle. Favorite quote from the book..."You cannot force someone to like you or love you, but you can make it difficult for others to dislike you by earning their respect and trust. And to do that, you must respect yourself."