Author: S.E. Hinton
Genre: YA Fiction
Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.
Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written.
"The Outsiders" is truly a classic -- the book that practically created this whole "YA" genre. I couldn't stop smiling after I closed the cover and the credits rolled onscreen. My reading (and watching) experiences were phenomenal.
Anyone can read "The Outsiders." Anyone. And that's the beauty of it all. The book's written in easy-to-digest, simple language, the plot is painless to follow, and the meaning of the book can't be lost on any reader. According to this New Yorker article, S.E. Hinton was a high-school student when she began writing "The Outsiders." Quoting the article, "The novel, she told me, grew out of her dissatisfaction with the way teen-age life was being portrayed in the books she read." She wanted something relatable . . . and that's a mindset we can all relate to!
The story is male-dominant, which isn't actually a bad thing. I loved witnessing how STRONG their friendship was and how the boys interacted with one another. They're like brothers -- family. Ponyboy, Darry, and Sodapop, the real brothers of the story and their dynamics were impossible not to love. Even though tragedy has struck every boy in some way or another, they remain unbreakable as a single unit.
"The Outsiders" is a book about conflicting sides, true friendship, and brotherly love. It's a feel-good book and movie you're bound to love. I recommend it to all and anyone.