Bless the Beasts and Children by Glendon Swarthout
don't know why i suddenly thought of this book - but i just remembered it - and what an impact it had on me. read it way back when and at the time i wasn't sure why it resonated so much - but now i know. summer camp, misfits and rejects, bullying, the bonding of fellow-victims, crazy impossible inspiring rebellion against injustice... i highly recommend it. here's a link to the novel site if you are interested in knowing more:http://www.glendonswarthout.com/novels/blessthebeasts.htm
it is a tear-jerker - and can be triggering.
this guy gets it!
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself... And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho