By Kevin Brooks, one of my favorite authors :)
"Friends. People you know. People you used to know. People you think you once knew, but probably never did. You probably just knew a part of them, the part of them that was your friend. And the rest, the parts of them that you didn't know -- the twisted parts, the untrue parts, the parts you're seeing now -- well, back then you just ignored them. But now you can't. Because now you can see it all, and now you know that "back then" wasn't all wonderful and innocent. It was just a time and a place, just like every other time and place. The only difference now is that the things -- the people -- that belonged to the old time and place aren't here anymore, and things that aren't here anymore don't hurt anymore. The only things that hurt are the things that hurt right now."
It's amazing how he can get inside the mind of a teenager so well. I mean, of course he was one once too, but still, his writing, his stories, always somehow remind me of... myself, my life.