My latest read was another from my 7th grade reading list – The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. I understand that this is a classic and an international best seller and, while many read it in school or along the way, it was my first time picking it up. In short, I loved the book. I attended urban, diverse middle and high schools and, in addition to just the struggles of being a teen, the book brought back a lot of memories. The story is relatable, and is told in a raw and compelling manner. It is easy to see people I grew up with in each of the characters, and I adored Ponyboy and his brothers.
John has also finished the book and said it was the one one he has really enjoyed since elementary school. So, that’s something!
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he’s got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
One last thought… I devoured the forward and discussion prompts at the beginning and ends of my copy. Two things I couldn’t believe about author… 1. That S. E. Hinton is a female! I read the entire book thinking it was written by a man. It certainly doesn’t matter, but it was curious to me. 2. That she wrote this book at age 16. Wow! And, it has endured the test of time, still a best seller 50 years later.
I do still want to watch the movie. I love Patrick Swayze as much as I did the first time I watched Dirty Dancing at a friend’s house without my parent’s permission. LOL.