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Librarian Note This Record Is For One Of The Three Editions Published With Different Covers And With ISBNXThe Records Are For TheCover This Record , TheCover, And TheCover Which Is Also The Current In Print Cover The Outsiders Is About Two Weeks In The Life Of AYear 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 Find all of my reviews atNature s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold Her early leaf s a flower But only so an hour Then leaf subsides to leaf So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stayLast week my son came home from school and informed me he had a homework assignment about the book his class is reading as a group Said child was forlorn that he would be unable to complete the assignment as the editions of the book were for class use only and were not permitted to be taken home Never you fear, I said to the young boy, for I have a LIBRARY CARD while actually freaking out that I might have to i change out of my comfy clothes, ii move my slothlike self off of the sofa after a hard day at work, or iii embarrass the child by refusing to change out of P.J pants whilst chauffeuring him to pick up a hard copy of the book I asked the small boy with much trepidation what book do you need and he answeredThe OutsidersI was filled with glee and assured my son I could easily help him with any questions about that book as I read it a bunch of times myself 800 years ago when I was a young girl The boy was dubious, so in order to ease his mind I searched the interwebs and was thrilled to find out The Outsiders was available in Kindle format from the library Whilst waiting for the book to load on to the Kindle, I turned to my son and said the following wordsWhen I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind Paul Newman and a ride home Followed by BLAM TAKE THAT SUCKA STILL WANT TO TANGLE WITH THE MEMORY OF THIS OLD LADY YEAH, I DIDN T THINK SO, NOW WHAT S YOUR QUESTION The boy was able to pick my geriatric brain for assistance with his homework and it turned out the book wasn t really a requirement in order to get the assignment done in the first place Note to all of you youngsters who do not yet have children of you own THEY ARE WILEY MOFOS AND EVEN THE MOST HONOR ROLL A RIFIC KID WILL AT SOME POINT GO TO ANY AND ALL LENGTHS TO AVOID HOMEWORK Thus, I found myself left with The Outsiders on the Kindle and it was seriously begging me to put down the crappy book I was currently reading and take a trip down memory lane So that s just what I didIt was just as good as I remembered it The Outsiders is the quintessential teenage story about love and loss and family and right and wrong and good and bad I read it in an evening, sitting outside during a sunset, as one should do if given the opportunity It proved to be timeless, it still made me teary eyed after all these years, and I still thought it had one of the best ensemble cast of characters ever put to paper And then I remembered it was written by a teenager one of those awful things that lives in my house and makes my hair turn gray So let me wrap up this non review kind of review with a personal note To my son, I ask you to recognize everything I do for you is with love, just like Darry Curtis and Ponyboy, and I promise I will do everything in my power to make you stay gold as long as possible. Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot But all the wrong sights, not the sights you want to see So this was my first time reading The Outsiders and I really don t get why our teachers never forced us to read THIS book at school I m convinced my teenage me wouldn t only have approved but also would have enjoyed it immensely and I m kinda sad I had to discover this book so late Well, my school system obviously failed but that definitely didn t stop me from reading The Outsiders and I m very glad about it Soda threw one arm across my neck He mumbled something drowsily Listen, kiddo, when Darry hollers at you he doesn t mean nothin He s just gotworries than somebody his age ought to I swear the moment I read about the interactions and relationships between those boys I was already hooked It felt like reading The Raven Boys all over again just a couple of years earlier, with other troubles and with a smaller book size XD I mean alone the fact that Ponyboy and Soda were sleeping together in a bed Their brotherly relationship was so nice to read Those brothers cared about each other and their friends and they would have done almost everything in order to help them 3 He was stroking my hair and I could hear the sobs racking him as he fought to keep back the tears Oh, Pony, I thought we d lost you like we did Mom and Dad That was his silent fear then of losing another person he loved. Darry, the oldest of those three brothers, broke my heart as well I mean their parents were dead and he had to look after his two younger brothers I can t even imagine how much strength it takes to take care of your brothers at such a young age, but he still did it and was even successful He got a job and looked after them and this alone makes him a hero in my eyes Who knows if Johnny and Dallas would have had such family ties they probably would have never even ended up where they did in the endJohnny that poor little boy He didn t deserve what happened to him and it s no wonder he was so jumpy after the Socs almost beat him to death I m right there with Ponyboy when he says that it s not fair that they were jumped for being Greasers It wasn t fair for the Socs to have everything We were as good as they were it wasn t our fault we were greasers I couldn t just take it or leave it, like Two Bit, or ignore it and love life anyway, like Sodapop, or harden myself beyond caring, like Dally, or actually enjoy it, like Tim Shepard I felt the tension growing inside of me and I knew something had to happen or I would explode The interesting thing about this book is that it acknowledges the fact that the Socs fight the Greasers because they think they are lowlives, but that none of those two parties actually wants to do anything against it They accept this injustice, it s just a part of their life and they all act like they are supposed to fight because it s only natural The only three people who truly question their situation are Pony, Johnny and Randy In one way or the other they are all tired of fighting and try their best to get out of that vicious cycle someeffective than others Stay gold, Ponyboy Stay gold Oh my, that line killed me big time TT I had a lot of mixed feelings about that ending and I could relate to Ponyboy so much He was confused, he knew what they had been doing wasn t right, that the fighting didn t get them anywhere that his friend was in trouble because he had done something right and something awfully wrong and that sooner or later he would have to pay for it I think this book is such a damn good example for humanity It points out that good people are able to do horrible things and that seemingly bad people aren t always as bad as they seem to appear They have their problems and troubles too and there is always a reason why they leash out at others, why they act in a certain wayWe re all we ve got left We ought to be able to stick together against everything If we don t have each other we don t have anything If you don t have anything, you end up like Dallas They are all human, whether it are Socs or Greasers , they all just want to live their lives, they want to be happy and accepted for who they are and in the end they actually aren t as different as they seem to be It s an epiphany us readers experience while we read this book, but it s a lesson not all of the characters learn To say it with Martin Luther King Jr wordsHate begets hate violence begets violence toughness begets a greater toughness And I think this quote describes the bookthan just well The ending made me sad, because there s only one way this could have ended and it was exactly the way I expected it to be Not all of it, but most of it anyway Conclusion If you haven t read The Outsiders yet, you definitely should give it a try It s a great book which teaches an important lesson and I can recommend it to everyone This book will make you think and feel and it will continue to do so even after you finished reading the last page. the outsiders is a book about a group of youthful greasers living in oklahoma, and about their struggles to exist in a society that seems designed to dismiss them oklahoma is also the name of a popular musical.draw your own conclusions, or continue reading.see, i don t know from oklahoma in the sixties maybe that is a place where street toughs call their little brothers honey and baby and enjoy sunsets and stars and reading margaret mitchell aloud to one another and who recite robert frost in quiet moments maybe they do gymnastics before what they call skin fighting with the local rival boys maybe they cry and snuggle together in bed at night and hold each other through hard times.not that there is anything wrong with just seems to be queer behavior for a gang of juvenile delinquents.what no, i didn t mean queer like that no, really, i just meant odd but, now that you mention it huh yeah, it does seem a little queer who knew that boys in leather could have a queer connotation and putting on tight t shirts that show off every muscle before they go to meet the other boys and making sure to fix their hair no, that s just what it says in the book.these are their modern day equivalentsmaybe this is just what happens when a teen girl writes this kind of material, tomboy or not i had seen the movie before, so i knew it was about pretty boys fighting, but there is a lotat work here, subtextually i have also seen rumble fish, which is an awful movie based on another hinton book that is evenmusical, but is an excuse to look at this and how is tom waits in both movies but all of that is just me giggling.what isinteresting, from a serious literary perspective is just an observation from reading this, the pigman, and revisiting the chocolate war and catcher in the rye for this portion of my young adult readers advisory class which will meet this tuesday where we will discuss the classics of teen fiction and i know catcher wasn t specifically produced for a teen audience, but it is on the damn syllabus and if it makes you happier, i will call this the teen in literature instead in the fifties and sixties, there was seeminglyfree floating apprehension and fear the a bomb, the draft, various factors contributed to this fear of an imminent death beyond anyone s control all this anxiety and fear of the establishment created apronounced sense of us and them that i think i blabbed on a little in the pigman review, but children were just treated like smaller adults, really and the literature reflects this all of these books seem to emphasize a value placed on the preservation of childhood innocence staying gold, protecting a younger sister from the taint of phoniness, encouraging kids to act like kids and roller skate through the house and disregard the parental restrictions in this one safe place now, the boundaries are blurrier girls are getting their periods at 8, and grown men in suits are playing video games on the subway the distinctions are less clear and a lot of teen fiction today isescapist in nature, less didactic teens don t need to be told to value their childhood any because, don t worry, it will never end peter pan FTW this all means nothing, except it is something i noticed sorry for blabbing on I have watched this movie over and over when I was younger and I still have it today and love it just as much I will admit I was in love with Dallas and had a crush on Sodapop but Dallas was my man I just can t believe it took me this many years to read the book And the book was so close to the movie it is almost unreal Maybe it was due to the fact that S.E Hinton was on set helping with the movie, I really don t know I just love that I can read a book and watch a movie and there not be that many things different Ok, there will be This is a remarkable story of people from different sides of the tracks The greasers the poor boys and some girls and the socs the rich kids This story is told from the greasers side which is awesome because I really don t care about the socs These boys all looked out for each other in the best ways they could Even if they were dirt poor, they did what they could for each other They had fun times getting in rumbles with the socs, most all of them loved to fight It was like getting set loose in a candy store Most of the beginning of the story revolves around Ponyboy and Johnny They are the best of friends and poor Johnny seems to have it bad no matter which way he turns His parents treat him bad, he sleeps outside most of the time and he got a very bad beating from the socs That s what they do, cruise around and find a greaser or two alone and gang up on them They damn near beat Johnny to death and all of the other friends always rally around him and try to protect him from things Until one tragic night Ponyboy and Johnny get attacked by a group of socs AGAIN, but this time Johnny stabs and kills the jerk that beat him so bad before They were trying to drown Ponyboy They have to run to Dallas to help get them out of town Because that s what friends do, they hang out and help each other if they are in trouble Dallas tells Ponyboy and Johnny to hop on this train and go to a town and stay in an abandoned church until things die down and he would come up there He gives them money and a gun Johnny buys them food and hair dye for Ponyboy which he hates and he also gets Gone With The Wind for Ponyboy because he has always wanted to read it I thought that was so nice of him and he picked a really great book Ponyboy spent time reading the book to his friend when they weren t playing cards to pass the time At one point Dallas shows up and tells them some things and takes them out to eat The boys decide they are going to turn themselves in but when they get back to the church, it s on fire and there are a couple of people and a bunch of children huddled around it When the boys get there they find out some of the kids are inside and Ponyboy and Johnny being the good guys that they are go in after them Of course Dallas is yelling for them to get back out Needless to say they get the kids to safety but Dallas and Ponyboy get a little hurt in the process Johnny gets messed up bad It s always Johnny He always just wanted to be normal for shite s sake The people thought they were heroes which is truly what they were We think the towheaded kid is going to be all right He burned one arm pretty badly, though, trying to drag the other kid out the window Johnny, well I don t know about him A piece of timber caught him across the back he might have a broken back, and he was burned pretty severely He passed out before he got out the window They re giving him plasma now He must have seen the look on my face because he hurriedly changed the subject I swear, you three are the bravest kids I ve seen in a long time First you and the black haired kid climbing in that window, and then the tough looking kid going back to save him Mrs O Briant and I think you were sent straight from heaven Or are you just professional heroes or something Sent from heaven Had he gotten a good look at Dallas No, we re greasers, I said I was too worried and scared to appreciate the fact that he was trying to be funny.Johnny isn t doing so well in the hospital and Dallas and Ponyboy are really afraid for him Dallas breaks out of the hospital on the night of the rumble to fight for Johnny He was so happy after the fight that he grabbed Ponyboy and rushed back to the hospital to tell Johnny they had won Even though, they didn t know it at the time, they got to spend the last few minutes with Johnny before he died It was so sad, I cried a river I knew what was going to happen but it doesn t matter, I cried the river Dallas goes nuts of course and runs off Ponyboy is in a daze when he gets home and tells everyone that Johnny is dead and that Dallas ran off They are all sad of course and worried what Dallas is going to do And then they get the call that Dallas robbed a store and the police are after him so they go to meet up with him But when they get to him the stupid cops killed him And I think he wanted that really because he pulled an unloaded gun on them Maybe it s just my thoughts but I feel like he called the guys because he did want to live in a way but he was so messed up with Johnny dying after all that poor kid had been through, that he wanted to die himself Of course I cried and cried at that as well So, Ponyboy is trying to cope with two of his friends dying in one night He doesn t do very well and is sick for quite some time This book really made me have some feels Like I said before I have watched the movie a million times but as an adult, reading the book putthings into perspective This is the second book that I have read lately that has made me want to change some things in my life At least some of the things that I can and that is one of the many things I love about reading MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListRead 2016 2018