Two days ago I had a bad day and let rip on my Blog. I expected to be inundated with replies telling me where to shove it, but to my utter surprise, most of the replies said: Finally someone who dared saying it.
What many people don't understand is that nobody wants to read a story about the perfect guy who can do no wrong. That story has already been written and is available in your local library titled "The Bible".
Characters need flaws, quirks, conflict. A fourteen-year-old who gets all girls including his mother wet by his sheer presence in uninteresting. If anything he will make the reader feel inadequate. If you need an example of what a truly well-constructed story with realistic characters looks like, you might want to do an author search for Don Lockwood. His Dance Of A Lifetime should be mandatory reading for every aspiring author.