29 January 2008
3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The classic tale of greasers vs preppies.
I don't think I ever read the book. I definitely saw the movie, but so long ago all I can remember is Johnny hurt in the hospital and that the movie had Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, and Ralph Macchio.
It's a pretty good little book. I had to read it for my YA Lit class and I'm glad I did.
Ponyboy lives with his two brothers, Darry and Sodapop. Their parents died in a car accident and now Darry is the parents. They run with a bunch of hoods and have a running battles with the Socs, the preppies in town.
After one of the Socs is killed in a fight, things go from bad to worse. But in that journey Ponyboy learns a lot about life, and his family.
It's definitely worth reading, and gets credit for launching the YA Lit movement.