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4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past, June 14, 2002
This review is from: The Outsiders (Mass Market Paperback)
I first read _The Outsiders_ 19 years ago (the year that the film version was released). Hinton was all the rage to read in my high school and I was seriously attached to Ponyboy and Sodapop and the rest. Like many another teenage girl smitten by Ralph Macchio, I memorized the Robert Frost poem and cried buckets at the end of the book.
It's funny to me to hear recent reviewers discussing the book in terms of its relationship to gangs, because I don't see it as being about rival factions. Instead, I see it more as a meditation on the price of having an inside and an outside to any given social context. At the time the book was written, it was the socs and the greasers. At my high school it was the Jocks and the Beegs. It's about people being judged by their clothes and their family rather than their abilities and their desires.
Hinton's book stands up well to time-- I'm a lot more cynical than I was as a child and I couldn't summon tears anymore for the characters, but reading it I could still revisit the concerns that I had at the time and the world that this book represented.
A good gift for young teenagers.
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2010, 8:51:41 PM PST
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Posted on Jun 8, 2013, 12:18:27 AM PDT
Kathleen says:
This review is supposed to be about the teacher's guide for The Outsiders. This review talks about the book itself. This leads people to thing that that teacher's guide is amazing, while the book is what you should be touting.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2013, 11:32:30 AM PDT
Amazon seems to lump the reviews together. I am seeing this review under the listing for the book itself. Probably just a database pull that isn't as targeted as what we're used to from Amazon. I've seen the same on many other listings.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013, 9:22:33 PM PST
I'm a lot more cynical now than I was years ago as well but reading this still gets me!

Posted on Apr 16, 2014, 7:10:33 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2014, 1:13:45 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2016, 3:54:07 PM PST
AL. B. says:
Thanks for the spoiler Nyan.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016, 3:05:11 PM PST
My 14 year old grandson thanked me again for giving him "The Outsiders." He shared that he has read the book seven times...
----Joy
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