The Outsiders (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 30 May 2006
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Taut with tension, filled with drama. ("Chicago Tribune")
Taut with tension, filled with drama. (Chicago Tribune)
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Adapted into an award-winning film by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise, S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders is a young adult novel of enduring power. This Penguin Modern Classics edition is published with an introduction by Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister's Keeper.
The Greasers and the rich-kid Socs are at war on the Tulsa streets. Ponyboy, a fourteen-year-old brawler, chainsmoker and dreamer, is a fiercely loyal greaser. But a single, murderous catastrophe is to wrench him from his old life and overturn everything he thinks he knows. The Outsiders was an audacious debut written when S.E. Hinton was only seventeen, laying bare the hopes and terrors between teenage bravado in a world of drive-ins, drag races and switchblades. It confronted America with a new breed of anti-hero from the wrong side of the class divide, and became a bestselling classic of youthful rebellion.
Susan Eloise Hinton (b. 1950) wrote her first book, The Outsiders, in 1967, when she was seventeen years old. Hinton is also the author of That Was When, This Is Now (1971), adapted into a film starring Emilio Estevez and Morgan Freeman; Rumble Fish (1975), also adapted into a film by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Mickey Rourke, Nicholas Cage and Dennis Hopper; Tex (1979); Taming the Star Runner (1988), and many others. Hinton lives in Oklahoma. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Back to the book. Anyone who is young enough to be going through teen years or who has those horrible creatures as offspring should be forced to read her books because they are a window into how teens think act and react based on their upbringing, social standing and peer groups. They have an insight into the human condition that is very sharp yet still keeps the reader enthralled about the characters and their circumstances. I'm not giving anything away about the plot nor the characters. Just jump in and read her works. All of them.
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.
If you've never read it you're missing out
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