To most kids, when they have to read The Outsiders, at first (like most kids today) they’ll probably think “whatever”, “I hate reading”, or “this is gonna be a boring book”.
But here’s a promise to all of you: after the first chapter, you will think differently.
Written by a 16 year old S.E. Hinton (who by the way is a girl) in 1967, The Outsiders is told from the point of view of a 14 year old Greaser named Ponyboy Curtis.
He’s pretty sure he’s got things in his life figured out. He knows that he can always count on his older 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 Dallas. And when it comes to The Socs – a vicious gang of snotty, preppy rich kids who enjoy beating up the punkish Greasers like him and his friends- he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night, someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy’s world is turned upside down…
The Outsiders has been taken to many places that not even S.E. Hinton dreamed of. In 1983, the sucessful novel was turned into an even more sucessful movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starred budding young actors Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, and Tom Cruise.
But it wasn’t just pop culture that The Outsiders had a major impact on, it was the lives of the people who read it first.
The Outsiders is a book that can truly change your life and affect the way you think of those who are different from you. This particular young adult novel is so unique because it changed this gerne from being all about prom queens, high school crushes, jocks, and cat fights into showing the world the truer, darker side of life. It’s about two gangs and their rivalry, but at the same time, it presents the friendship and love of the people in the gang.
S.E. Hinton states that she “not only wrote The Outsiders, I lived it; and the people reading it may be living it too ad not even know it”. Certainly, this book’s message will stick with readers who will cherish it forever.