I'm not sure that number is true but the message of living life without fear from man because God has he power. Man can kill your body but only God can save your soul. God gave you life to be lived joyfully.
Nicholas Sparks as a young boy made a lot of mistakes. He was lost and was stuck under peer pressure of what was right and what would impress other people. Nicholas shows how he was at a young age through Will in this novel.
People may not always see the treasure God has placed within you, so don't place too much value on the opinion of others. Trust that God knows what's in you, and He will choose you even when others overlook you.