Why this book?
After I read The Outsiders for the first time when I was twelve, I fell in love with dark, gritty novels about teenagers dealing with hard issues and events in their lives. The Outsiders is told from the point of view of fourteen-year-old Ponyboy Curtis, an orphan living with his two older brothers in 1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma. All three are “greasers” who, along with their fellow greasers, regularly get into scrapes with a brutal gang known as the “Socs”—rich kids whose life mission is to pound any greaser they can find. Ponyboy is used to the drill of being jumped by the Socs on the regular until one fateful night when he’s backed into a corner by the Socs—an encounter that results in a death, spiraling his life into a living nightmare.
I love this book because it doesn’t have a traditional happy ending, and yet, there’s hope in the end. This novel not only changed the trajectory of my own personal reading and writing, but it completely transformed coming-of-age fiction and opened up a deeper, darker world of YA stories that need to be told.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.
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No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his 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 Two-Bit. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is…