I first read Eric while in junior or senior high. I am 36 now. I can't begin to remember the number of times I have read this book. If I'm going on a trip or just out to lie in the sun, this is the first book I reach for. I am now on my third paperback and am looking for the hardback. It is a story that will move you to tears, make you laugh, and most importantly, make you painfully aware of the life of a cancer victim. It is a story of unbounding courage. I have learned many a lesson and feel that I am a better person for having read this book.