What makes it so real is that Bobby completetly freaks out like anybody would and embarrasing moment happens, not like a melodramatic kind of character.
It is only a bit annoying that everybody calls him 'Pendragon' when we got attached to his first name, Bobby.
At any rate, D. J. MacHale knows how to keep a reader in. At book nine I had to take a break because I was just so mad at Saint Dane.
Have fun reading the rest.
And YES, Boddy sees his family back at book ten, in a akward way, but yes. Who knew Mark would become a nerve-of-steel kind of warrior? Weird...