Author: S.E. Hinton
Publication: April 24, 1967 by Viking Press, Dell Publishing (Original)
November 1, 2016 (50th Anniversary Edition) by Penguin Books
Source: I received an unsolicited, finished copy of the 50th anniversary edition from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads Summary: Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
I've always heard so much about this book and the main character, Ponyboy, but didn't know what all the talk was about. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I can see why it's a classic. There are important themes surrounding differences in social stature, growing up, and loss. For such a short book, it definitely packs an emotional punch.
I grew to love the gang of "greaser" boys and how they became a family. Their different relationships with each other were fascinating as well as entertaining. The plot took some turns I wasn't expecting and held my interest. The ending left off on a thought-provoking message and I loved how things come full circle.
The writing seems simplistic, but is layered, which is one my favorite kinds of writing. It reflects this time period, so there are a lot of slang terms and ones I have never heard before. I definitely learned new things about the 60s, and it was fun to be immersed in the past, even though I couldn't totally connect to it.
As for the 50th edition of the book, it's truly beautiful. I love the design of the dust jacket and the inside end pages are decorated with silver lettering of the book's famous quotes. The last chunk of pages contain all kinds of fun information about the book, S.E. Hinton, and the movie. There are pictures of foreign editions, behind the scenes shots, and pictures of early letters S.E. Hinton wrote about the book.
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Overall, I very much appreciated this book and its timeless statement.
Movie: The Outsiders (1983)
Oh wow, this was funny. I know it wasn't meant to be, but it was so entertaining to see these now classic actors back before they made their big hits. Seriously though, Tom Cruise was great, especially in the ending fight scene.
I actually watched this with my mom because she had never seen it before. We both had a good time experiencing a blast to the past and seeing these young stars. I thought the movie captured the essence of the story very well. It did almost feel like the pages coming to life. However, we both had a hard time taking it seriously, mostly because of the music. It did spark a great conversation between us though, talking about how things were in the old days :)
I would say, if you've read the book, you've got to watch the movie as well.