Chris, my son was a bit of a loner, a bit shy and not so popular. He never read anything.
But when he was around 13 or 14 he joined the Air cadets with a desire to fly and this was the beginning. Around that time he also read "Johnathon."
He became a flight sergeant in the air cadets, became a qualified air instructor among other things and started college.
Sadly he died in 2010 in a totally unexpected tragic accident when he fell from a balcony aged just short of 18.
When we were planning his funeral we found a rather tatty copy of JLS and read it again, where we realized how relevant this was to Chris, a loner with his own troubles but who went his own way and looked after others and blossomed . We played the JLS soundtrack at his funeral along with Elbow and Courteeners songs related to flying.
We miss him every day but Johnathon Livingston Seagull helps us see who he was, not what he might have been.