While reading the book, and understanding that the main point of the story was suicide, and the reasons someone may want to end their own life. The story talks about feelings one has in order to want to commit suicide, and the consequences there are of trying to kill yourself, when you survive the horrible wrongdoing. Brent Runyon tried killing himself by setting himself on fire, but once he realized that the pain was not worth it an what he was doing was wrong and not truly what he wanted, he ran out of the bathroom and was sent to the hospital with eighty five percent of his body burned. Being in the hospital, seeing how hard it is to recover, seeing the affect his decision has had on himself and his family, has truly taught him a lesson. The book has no affected me personally, because even though life may be hard, and like most people I do have bad days where life's hardships do get to me, however I never feel the need to end my own life. Therefore the book has not affected me personally, but it does affect me emotionally, and mentally. Brent Runyon's story affects me emotionally because while reading the story many times, I felt the need to cry because I could feel how hurt his parents were, and how sad he was for making that huge mistake that changed his life But also at times I felt angry, because I was so mad and frustrated with Brent Runyon for doing that to himself and his parents, and wanting to end a life that was created for him. Even though I was angry and sad throughout the story, but his sarcasm and personality that a teenager is suppose to have, made me smile and laugh. The novel did also affect me mentally, because I realized that there are people in this world that take life for granted including me, I have an amazing life with parents who love me, and siblings who make me laugh every day, and a life that I would not trade for anything else in his world. The novel and also Brent Runyon have shown me that what I have is amazing something that most people do have but once it is in the midst of being lost, that is when one realizes how important it all was. Reading this story has made me appreciate all that I do have, and that in a blink of an eye it can disappear and you will have that regret of even for one second of letting it slip from your fingertips. Even though, Brent tried to kill himself because he wasn't happy with what he had, but the accident has made him realize what he had was something worth keeping. Therefore, this novel, one that I will never forget has truly affected me in the sense that now I appreciate more the life that I do have, and do my best not to take it for granted. I just try to remember you don't know what you have till it's gone.