LotF if my favorite book. Ever. :p Well, my favorite for the category of drool-worth writing.. there are other categories of favorites, too.
But seriously, it always amazed me when we read it in class and the very people who I have seen mirror the behavior in LotF act so shocked and think it's crap fiction. However, some of those people don't really have the IQ to read much of anything, so I'm not surprised they cannot recognize a work of art when they see it. Or recognize themselves in the written word.. because the sad truth is that most, if not all, of us have it in us to be just like those boys, if not worse.
Anywho.... to the OP.. I will take you up on this. I think I'll read The Bluest Eye or the penguin one.