So I finally read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It's very famous, and I can see why. The book looks into the world of the Curtis boys -- kind of a West Side Story thing, without the whole Tony and Maria thing. And with all kinds of other interesting stuff.
The writing is poignant and interesting. I was hooked from the beginning. It is a short book, but it's a page-turner. The characters are multidimensional and very real. Heck, you know its good if it has been a success for this long (over 40 years) with a main character by the name of Ponyboy. That could ruin a lesser novel. Also amazing: the author was 16 when it was written.