I’m posting a photo of the film cast, but really it was the book that changed my life. The film WAS good; it engendered in me a fairly long-lasting fascination with Matt Dillon and a less long-lasting fascination with Ralph Macchio (“Let’s do it for Johnny, man. Let’s do it for Johnny!”). Still, Ponyboy Curtis was the confidante of my youth; I wrote pages and pages in my journal to him, knowing that he would understand my very particular childhood despair. A good book can be life changing because it can make one feel less alone – a priceless feeling at any age.