Mini Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Published: 1967
Publisher: Puffin
Format: audiobook via Overdrive
Rating: 5/5

The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. 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.

My Thoughts
Like many of us I have grown up watching The Outsiders by until now have never read it, so I thought why not since it was available on audio via my library. Let me just say I LOVED the book but the audio version was awful! They need to redo it and once it was over the audio started again on a random part it was a mess! Moving on, I felt that the movie was pretty true to the book and even after all these years I felt the book still stood the test of time. The division of class and how each viewed each other still rings true everywhere today. We always think others have it better than ourselves but we all have our troubles despite what we think. I have always loved this movie and now I love the book just as much if you want a fantastic read that will stand the test of time this is one you should pick up without a doubt.

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