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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
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Jul 14, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: coming-of-age, kids-1001, 60-s, relationships, the-great-american-read
Read 2 times. Last read July 4, 2017 to July 14, 2017.

(I started The Outsiders in print, but I couldn't get into it, so I ended up listening to it on audio. I settled in pretty fast, once I heard how the characters speak.)

Somehow I have missed The Outsiders, even after all the recommendations for it, even after seeing it on lots of people's favorite book lists, even after owning a copy of it for a good while. My feelings about it, after finally getting to it, are mixed. I'm sure things were very different fifty years ago, when the book was written, but lots of things about it are jarring to me, in 2017. Rich kids in gangs? Poor boys who fight at night but go to high school the next day and make good grades? Gangs who fight with fists? A boy mixed up with a kid who knifes another boy to death yet goes home to his brothers rather than jail? The author is female? And young? Most jarring of all, honestly, was finding out that these gangs live in Oklahoma.

There were so many things I liked about the book that I can't list them all. Most importantly, the story has a deep honesty in the depiction of the relationships between the boys that I rarely see. The empathy that Ponyboy develops toward his rival gang members was also interesting.

I'm going to watch the movie this weekend.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
July 4, 2017 – Started Reading
July 12, 2017 – Shelved
July 13, 2017 –
61.0%
July 13, 2017 –
74.0%
July 14, 2017 – Finished Reading
July 15, 2017 – Shelved as: coming-of-age
July 15, 2017 – Shelved as: kids-1001
July 15, 2017 – Shelved as: 60-s
July 15, 2017 – Shelved as: relationships
July 14, 2018 – Shelved as: the-great-american-read

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