You're not alone. I had mine around 12-13 I think. I remember how cool and modern it looked compared to the C64 I had before. There were all the great games, but also so much to learn programming wise. We had rather limited resources available at that time (esp. in a small european town), mostly computer magazines, older friends... It was a really different approach to learning.
What got me was how easy it was to do, yet a large company like Commodore was not doing that I did at home.
500KB original memory and 1.5 MB of memory piggy-back to the chip memory, 1.8 of high speed static memory, designed myself and install a CPU speed doubler, a gray composite (used analog colour signals) to drive a high persistence monochrome monitor, a Zorro bus to IBM ISA bus adapter, external triple floppy drive array.
All this was very easy to make, I don't know why Commodore could not do the same things.
I never could afford an Amiga when they where in sale so this memory is 3 years later when the family bought a PC.
: I and two of my brothers saved money and managed to buy a used C64 somewhere around '92.