Page Count: 180
Publication Date: April 24th, 1967
Rating: 4 out of 5 hearts
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, Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends-true friends who would do anything for him, Like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs-a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating on the “greasers” like him and his friends-he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy’s world is turned upside down.
Thoughts and Review:
I read this novel last year for a class assignment and I remember my friends and I were absolutely obsessed with it. We would constantly quote pieces from the novel, as well as the movie, and it was just so memorable. Without further rambling, let’s talk about The Outsiders.
This is totally different from my usual YA contemporary, but I just had to pick it up when I saw the platinum edition at B&Ns. It’s set back in the mid/late twentieth century and it’s basically about a young boy named Ponyboy who is trying to get through life as a “greaser.” The author uses the terms greaser and Socs to seperate the social classes among the teens during the time. The greasers were “poorer than the Socs and the middle class” and they were wilder too. Meanwhile, the Socs were the “West-side rich kids.”
One of the high points in this novel was the great character and friendship/family development. Besides Ponyboy and his sweet personality, I really liked the supporting roles-his friends. They all had their own traits that made them unique and even with the numerous amounts of friends/family he had, I could still distinctly tell who is who due to their special characteristic(s). My favorite side character was Sodapop-one of Pony’s older brothers-because he was very charming and funny, but at the same time, understanding.
Although there were cute and humorous scenes in this book, there were also many sad points within the chapters. I think the light and dark aspects of this novel balanced each other out nicely. It shows that you have to be realistic at times and realize that not everything is sunny and bright.
There were many meaningful quotes in The Outsiders, so here are a few that have stuck with me:
“Things are rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human too.”
“It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”
“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”
Overall, I think everyone should try to read this book once in their life. It’s just under two hundred pages so what is there to lose right?