The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton That was the book that started it all. My seventh grade English teacher assigned this novel and I've not stopped reading since. Thank you just doesn't seem to properly embody how grateful I am to Mrs. Potter, but it's a start.
The Outsider (or The Stranger) by Albert Camus (1942) | A great introduction to existentialist thought. It had a profound effect on me. A simple plot that poses many questions... Meursault will not lie. When his mother dies, he refuses to show his emotions simply to satisfy the expectations of others. After committing a random act of violence he finds himself in court. But is he on trial for the violence or his refusal to mourn? Essential.