50th Anniversary of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders!!!

31/01/2017

I was freshly sixteen when I first read S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When I saw that the 50th Anniversary edition of The Outsiders was being published I was beyond excited and became really nostalgic. I was so eager to re-read this classic and was even more thrilled to see the 35 extra pages that included never-before-seen photos, letters, news clippings, movie cast reflections, book covers, etc. etc. etc. When I first read this book I instantly had a book crush on Ponyboy Curtis (the narrator), and I still do to this day. This manuscript was later made into a film in 1983, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. I still swoon over the Curtis brothers, Ponyboy, Sodapop and Darry, when I watch this movie.

Picture by Megan Ladelpha (2017)

Despite this book taking place in the 1960’s, teens can continue to relate to some aspect of this coming-of-age novel. S. E. Hinton’s writing expresses clear and honest point of views that teenagers experience in their everyday lives, including the divide between socioeconomic statuses. This novel follows two rival groups; the Greasers and the Socials/Socs. Early on in the novel Bob, one of the Socialites leaders, categorizes Greasers as “white trash with long hair” (Hinton: 55). Ponyboy responds with stating that Socs are “white trash with Mustangs and madras” (Hinton: 55). You can feel how the clear divide between the two rival gangs is solely based on money, but we learn throughout the novel is that “Things are rough all over” (Hinton: 35). In a 1999 magazine interview, Hinton stated that said she wrote this book because: “I wanted to read a book that dealt realistically with teen life as I saw it” (Hinton: 193).

 Picture by @GACntr4TheBook (2017)

S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders brings forth numerous social aspects teens may encounter throughout their adolescent years including the “need-to-belong gene” (Hinton: 193). The Outsiders was a controversial book at the time of its publication and it is still currently challenged and debated. Regardless of its controversy, this book is probably one of my all time favourite young adult books. It is also one of the only books that I have ever read more than once. This novel will appeal to teens and adults, reluctant readers, as well as any individual who enjoys classic, realistic, fiction. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars! I loved everything about it. I am currently reading S. E. Hinton’s 4th young adult book Tex. I also would recommend this book Tex to anyone who wants to read a novel about two teenage brothers whose love for one another helps ease the harshness of their usually parentless life while also struggling to grow up.

Stay Gold! Greasers for life! Enjoy!

Picture by Penguin Teen (2017)

 

 

 

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