Title: The Outsiders
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: First published in 1967
My Rating: 5 Stars
According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.
I watched the movie adaptations for this book way before I ever read the book. I can’t believe this was my first time ever reading it, what took you so long Misty?
I was kind of worried that watching the movie first was going to ruin my reading experience but of course I was worried over nothing. It was so easy to get drawn into the story and it kept my attention throughout the entire book. Aside from the great story I feel like the characters are what make this book so great. Hinton done an amazing job at creating a believable cast of characters. I loved the character growth for the main character Ponyboy. To me he is the one that changed the most. This is a book that should be read by everyone young and old. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend you remedy that right now.