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I’ve read this book so many times that I had to get the e-book
on November 16, 2015
I first read this book when I was either 12 or 14 years old and I have reread this book probably seven or eight times over the last 40 years. I decided to get the e-book so that I would not have to buy the book anymore. I think I’ve always identified with Johnny but I can’t explain why. Ponyboy was another great character that I identified with because he had a choice between being a lower-class/low to middle class blue-collar type of individual or that he could use his mind to improve his future and probably leave the background he grew up in and become something more. There are youth gangs in the book and some violence, if one looks back into the past one will understand that you gangs existed. The major difference between the youth gangs of the 50s to about the 70s is that young males mostly use their fists and not guns to settle quarrels. Loved the book and I will probably read it once or twice every year for the rest of my life because I too had a choice and have done fairly well.