I had seen The Outsiders on sites like Barnes & Nobel and Amazon, and I was interested in reading it. It had gotten many good reviews, and received praise when it was released fifty years ago. I had no idea what kind of impact this book would have on me, and now, my whole perspective has changed. Now, even decades after The Outsiders was released, it still has captivated readers. When The Outsiders was released, it was a game changer. It totally flipped the idea of YA fiction, which used to be about prom queens and football players, things that not many teens (and young adults) could relate to. The Outsiders turned YA fiction into a meaningful, deep and powerful genre. It changed everything, not just lives and YA.
The thing that really amazed me was that S. E. Hinton was fifteen years old when she started this book. You really can’t tell, because this book was written professionally, it honestly seems like an experienced writer had written it. Of course, now, she has written many other novels, so she is quite experienced.
Synopsis from The Outsiders
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.
The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. 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 first published.
The Outsiders is a book that I will never forget. It’s also one of my favorite books, one that I will read over and over again. It changed my views on society, social classes, and people. It will change you, it’s that powerful.
I thought this book had a strong and important message. Not to judge someone because they’re not as good as you, or better than you. Not to judge the poor, the rich. Get to know someone and their situation. Everything’s not just black and white. Everyone has issues, not just me or you.
Ponyboy…….I really felt like I knew him. How hard his life was, and how he struggled with being poor, and his family dynamic. I wanted to cry when he did, laugh when he did. He’s mentioned several times as being “a good kid”, and that’s what he was. All of the characters were. They were called awful names, just because they couldn’t afford “nice” things, and didn’t live in “fancy” neighborhoods.
The gang is one thing that made the book special. Two-Bit, Sodapop, Dally, Darry, Johnny, and Steve. The book made you feel like you were a part of it, the crazy and dysfunctional family. That’s what they were; Family. They had each other, through rough times and good times. They would protect each other, no matter what.
If I had to rate this book, I would give it ten stars, that’s how great it was. I really, really, hope you read it. Even though it’s thought of as YA fiction, everyone needs to read it. It’s an unforgettable, powerful, and heart-wrenching book. It’s a classic, a jewel of a novel.
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