We eighth graders were rushing from one end of the school building to the other, when my friend said, “You have to read ‘The Outsiders.’ ” And she went on about Greasers and Ponyboy and more.
She was prone to exaggerate, so I didn’t hold out much hope that I’d like a book about greasers, whatever they were.
When I read the book, I remember feeling as though I’d discovered something precious and secret – a story with believable, sympathetic teens.
S.E. Hinton’s novel helped me realize that people with backgrounds different from mine have deep feelings, as do I.
Books that have the power to change lives typically depict a main character who undergoes a fundamental change. “Ken’s War,” slated for publication by Melange Books LLC in 2014, follows Ken as his life is turned upside-down when he and his dad are stationed in Japan. If Ken doesn’t figure out how to reinvent himself, his life will be a painfully long sucker punch in the gut.
What book changed your life?
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