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- File size : 520 KB
- Publisher : Speak; Reprint edition (May 15, 2012)
- ASIN : B007ZUV4TO
- Publication date : May 15, 2012
- Print length : 220 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,715 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After I read this book, I can say at at least two things:
1. This book will not be on the list of reading material for my sons.
2. I don't think I really missed all that much by not reading it as a youth.
The problem is that I don't know what the author is getting at.
These characters are extremely two-dimensional, and I don't know exactly what lesson my kids should be able to draw from this. Keep in mind that this tendency to have a binary worldview is something that is a very popular mentality among black people (everyone is either black or white and expected to behave accordingly), and this is exactly the mentality that I want to avoid for my two mixed-race sons.
The characters are back from the time when Elvis and The Beatles were popular. (Or, I should say back at a time when those two groups were alive and perfoming regularly.)
This storyline is nothing in which I think I could interest my kids nor anything for which they will have a framework of reference.
There is also the issue that the author is a 16 year old girl trying to write like an adolescent boy, and it just doesn't work. (It has somewhat the same feeling of what it would be like for a 18 year old black man to try and write through the eyes of a 65 year old white woman. And I reviewed many books where an inappropriate author was trying to speak like a protagonist.) Just implausible.
I don't think there is a single scene where any of these kids are in school. Yet all of the wealthier children are driving Corvettes and Mustangs. (In small town Oklahoma, no less.)
Does that sound believable to you?
The characters are bursting into tears every third page -- in spite of the fact that they're supposed to be tough street thugs -- and one of them even has "Gone With the Wind" as a favorite novel. (That is the quintessential chick flick book.)
Does that sound believable to you?
Verdict: Not recommended.
page 5 - detailed account of being attacked, held down, gagged, beaten
32 - boy receives regular beatings from his father (one example was “with a 2 by 4”)
32 - a friend is bloody, beat and left for dead in a field
56- first hand description of drowning
“electric chair” is mentioned a lot (I don’t think Madeline knows what this is yet)
59 - references a guy having sex in the bedroom (inference)
111 - teen girl gets pregnant, sent to live with Grandma (inference)
page 45 - a girl named “Cherry” is sort of made to get in a car with drunk boys & go home with them. …or else there’ll be a fight.
115 - a brief image of “leaving little kids to burn to death in a fire”
154 - describes briefly how the police bullets hit the body of their friend & he crumples to the ground.
also, stealing, smoking joints/cigarettes, “kill myself”, running away, murder, description of death, etc.
Awful book that does not make the world a better place.
My students are 8th graders at an urban middle school, predominately black and Hispanic and they are obsessed! Even my most reluctant readers are enjoying this novel. They're all excited about seeing the movie too!
Top reviews from other countries
The Outsiders centres on two rival gangs the ‘Greasers’ and the ‘Socs.’ The ‘Greasers’ come from the wrong side of the tracks, have no money, work hard but for very little and they have little chance of bettering themselves. As opposed to the ‘Socs’ – the middle/upper class people of society who get away with whatever they do because they have the money to back them up.
Things get out of hand when greaser Johnny kills a Soc when trying to save his friend (and the protagonist of this story) Ponyboy. This causes an out and out war between both gangs and the results are fatal.
It would be fair to say that nearly 50 years on from its publication date that the slang in The Outsiders is dated but the intention and the thematic resonance of the book is still extremely powerful and relevant in modern society. There are still gang related crimes happening everyday; there are still young children playing at being grown-ups with no worry of the consequence. SE Hinton’s debut novel is still as potent and as readable today as it would have been when it was first released.
What I will say is that as a book reviewer it does take a lot to impress me and whilst I do really like a lot of the books that I read it does take something special to have be finish it in one sitting. That is exactly what happened with The Outsiders. This book is a classic for a reason.
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“They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.”
“...people get hurt in rumbles, maybe killed. I'm sick of it because it doesn't do any good. You can't win...even if you whip us. You'll still be where you were before - at the bottom. And we'll still be the lucky ones with all the breaks. So it doesn't do any good, the fighting and the killing. It doesn't prove a thing.”
Been dyslexic, as a kid, made reading hard for me, but thanks to books like this, I never gave up on books and I'm so glad I didn't. I love to read and usually have 2-3 books on the go at the same time.
I'm a fan of the film too.
Would recommend both to everyone.