11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Outsiders (Puffin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I must be one of the oldest persons to read and write a review of this book. I am in my late 50s and first read The Outsiders with my son when he was in middle school, years ago. I recently picked up the book again and read it all the way through. I had forgotten how quickly the story "grabs" you and how difficult it is to put the book down once you have gotten into the book. Yes, there are certain aspects of the story which are dated; but all in all, teens today face most of the same problems with peer pressure today as they did 40 years ago when this book was written (and when I was a teenager): being judged unfairly by others, being called names and made fun of, feeling isolated because they are "different", suffering the absence of parents or family members who really care and take time to listen and encourage them, and feeling the difference in social class, between kids whose families have money, education and status, and those whose working-class or single-parent families struggle every day just to survive. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone under the age of 18, although it's a great read for anyone!