The Outsiders is an outstanding story of teenage rebellion, written when the author was only 17 years old. It is one of The Originals from Penguin – iconic, outspoken, first.
Youngsters in a small Oklahoma town have split into two gangs, divided by money, tastes and attitude. The Socs’ idea of having a good time is beating up Greasers like Ponyboy Curtis. Ponyboy knows what to expect and knows he can count on his brothers and friends – until the night someone takes things too far.
I’ve been meaning to read this for a long time, and since I ‘ve been trying to read at least a classic per month, this was one of the easiest (fairly short) and most anticipated I had. But when I first started this book I wasn’t sure I was gonna like it… And for sure there is still some stuff that I’m not sure about in here but I definitely did end up liking it. This is a powerful, emotional, relevant (even nowadays) and very quick read about gangs, moral issues, society, and stereotypes.
I will start with what I felt a bit weird on this book… I can’t really see it as reality. I’m not sure how gangs were in the 60s but this is probably not it? It’s hard to believe they worried so much about their hair and the clothes that would look the best to show off their muscles in a fight. But hey, this is not the typical gang, they do say so. But still… Hard to believe. Another thing I definitely didn’t enjoy was the amount of “hair talk” in this book. There is not a page that doesn’t talk about hair. I do understand that that’s what distinguished them from others, but still. No need for so much…
But other than that I did enjoy this book quite a lot. It shows how society is divided, and although not as much nowadays, it still is and I think this book does an amazing job in showing that.
I loved how the group stuck together; how they were like a family; how a family being bad, doesn’t always dictate how a kid turns out; I loved how Darrel sacrificed himself for Ponyboy, without ever making him feel bad for it; how kids in many places don’t have time to enjoy their childhood; how kids’ innocence is often cut short in bad environments and how that’s important not to let happen.
There’s just so much one can take from this book! I really feel that it’s extremely relevant and important and on top of that it also managed to be beautiful! I cried so hard in some parts!
I just absolutely loved the characters and how the book was constructed. I think it’s a book that should be read and thought about. It’s just packed full with meaning and I highly recommend it if you haven’t gotten to it yet.
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