"They say that you’re supposed to stand up to bullies, but there’s not much you can do when the whole class is like that." “Why do they make fun of you?” “Let’s see. My weight, obviously. The fact that I read for fun. Mostly sci-fi and fantasy. I watch Nova. I don’t like sports. You know those loud, obnoxious kids you see hanging out in groups, screaming at people? That’s my whole school.” “So what do they do to you?” “Just yell at me and throw stuff at me. But I am proud of one thing. Most kids who get picked on completely spaz out at some point, and get violent. That hasn’t happened to me yet.”
I’m not sure how to describe this, other than saying that it demonstrates the power of perspective. This is a kid that knows that his school is not the whole world.