I find myself intensely disliking the narrator, but this may be the reaction that the author is looking for. We, as a species, have an inherent repulsion to weakness. Our genes have programed us to survive, and the weak members of the herd are weaned off as the powerful members thrive. However, this broad spectrum of survival does not apply to humans as abrasively as it does to other species. Our brains (bbbrraaiiiiinnnns) allow us to break free of some of the survival restrictions that were placed upon us at our earliest development. The narrator is someone to be nurtured rather than shunned. He should be looked upon with calm understanding and treated with respect. He should not be treated kindly because he is going through puberty, or becoming aware of his sexual orientation, or unsure of who he is, he should be cared for because he is a human being that has the same feelings and range of emotion as anyone else. This does not mean that he should be coddled and have excuses made for him, this would be to treat him differently from everyone around him, singling him out, lifting him above others. He should be regarded as an equal to any other human and treated as such. That being said, I still think he is kind of whiny and irritating.