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Not only is Ponyboy our narrator, but he's the star of the show. Sure, he's focused on writing about his environment, but he's showing it to us through his own eyes instead of trying to represent the perspective of one of the other characters. And it's Ponyboy that we see grow and change through the course of the novel.