I so wish I had written The Outsiders. That book is ingenious. The fact that the entire story was written as a school project from PonyBoy’s point of view blows my mind. I LOVE the characters, and even though the kids are ‘thugs’, I find myself rooting for them. Maybe the teacher in me wants the underdog to succeed, or maybe the emotional connection I have with the characters pulls at my heart. I don’t know what it is, but I fell in love with that book the first time I read it in 7th grade. I’ve read it several times since, recently in fact. It’s one of the books on my favorites list.