For all of us who read books (and I imagine that applies to most people here), I think it's safe to say that we all have scenes that stand out in our mind (at the time or after the fact). I'd like to see what different people consider to be memorable scenes in books they've read, and give an excerpt of it if possible. This particular scene is from The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, written by Chris Fuhrman. The author died at the age of 34, as his only book went to press. I've always encountered myself as a stranger, an unfamiliar boy in photographs, reflections. It's not the same me I recognize in dreams. I knew I didn't like this boy either, I couldn't even stand the way he looked, drunk and dopey and standing around while this little girl indulged in hysterics. I let go of Margie's wrists and she smacked the glass hard, and a crack ran from one corner to its diagonal opposite. What I did next began an an accident. I thought it, and then was doing it before I could stop. I punched my mirror face. Pieces fell on the vanity table, a noise that made me angrier, enraged at my own violent stupidity. Margie gasped. The boy didn't vanish, he scattered into fragments, and I punched the mirror again and again, the same animal rhythm my father used when he beat me, a sick crashing ecstasy with the glass all falling, Margie tugging back on my waist, until I was thudding wood, leaving dull bloodstains. I swung my elbow and the mirror frame jumped cracking against the wall. You can't kill your own reflection. Each shard contained another version. This scene was not in the film adaptation of the book, which disappointed me, but at the same time, I don't know if it could have lived up to the intensity the writing delivered. It takes adolescent fury and puts it into a single shot, and you can visualize it like you were watching it in front of you. By no means am I easily able to visualize what I'm reading, but I had no trouble with this scene. Thoughts on this scene would be great, along with seeing memorable book scenes from others .