What surprised you most in your research?
What was really surprising to me was that if you created a relationship with a boy where you said, "I think what you're going through is important. I'm not going to sit here and make you vomit out your most personal stories, but I'm going to laugh with you, and I'm going to listen to you," I was amazed at how fast the boys dropped their guard. They not only wanted to talk to me about what's going on in their lives but also really wanted to work on this book. They wanted to contribute to this because they felt so good about making the world a better place for other boys. And you don't see boys being overtly passionate and enthusiastic about making the world a better place very often.