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The appeal of Divergent to the middle school crowd is obvious, given the pressure that many teens feel to conform to a rigid set of standards set by their peers, parents and schools. But I also see Roth's dystopia as a commentary on the adult world we live in.
It hit me like a ton of bricks last week. I was at the community pool, looking around to see what my kids were up to. Then I really looked at them. As I sat there drinking lukewarm coffee, I realized, Oh my God. Here I am.