Lynn's Comments: Gordon did not have a happy home life. Everyone else's problems seemed trivial to him. His dad was abusive and his mother, complacent. It was up to Gordon to decide for himself how to navigate this pressure-filled world. Many young readers identified with him.
Lynn's Comments: When Gordon was roped into taking Tracey to the dance, I'd planned for them to become great friends—which is the best way to begin a romantic relationship. At the time, I had not envisioned their eventual marriage.