I’ve been taught any number of ways to manage anger, and they really work. What she’s never been able to teach me is how to want to manage it. So I go on seething and raging and knowing the whole time that it’s my own fault, because I do know how to stop.1
There are a few reasons I might have expected to not like this:
…nevertheless, I loved it. Fun, funny, sweet, and thoughtful.
I like this comment that one of the privileged “enclave” kids makes as they start to realize the unfairness of the advantages they have:
“You just—you know, you get used to things. And you don’t think about whether they’re good. Or even okay.” She swallowed. “You don’t want to think about it. And nobody else seems to, either.
“And there’s nothing you can see to do about it. … Because there’s not meant to be anything you can do about it.”2