The Outsiders is an old high school text that I decided to reacquaint myself with. Ponyboy is a Greaser, from the wrong side of the town growing up with his two older brothers and locked in a never-ending battle with the Socs, the rich kids from the right side of town who have it so easy. He spends his time with his brothers and the rest of his friends and lives a content life until it all changes one evening and he is left running from his past.
This is a classic young adult novel that is the perfect high school text. As an adult the prose is easy to read and if anything a little simple. I didn’t find it quite as strong as an adult, however, it was still a fascinating and touching read. In fact I sat down and finished it in several hours. Once again I fell in love with Ponyboy and Johnny and Soda and the rest of the Greasers and their camaraderie for each other. I also found myself in tears towards the end at the hopelessness and tragedy of the beloved character’s fates. I was also stuck by the hopeful innocence and naivety of Ponyboy despite his hood lifestyle.
This is a beautiful tale of family and friendship, loyalty and tragedy. One that is deserving of it’s enduring popularity as a young adult classic. I give The Outsiders three sunsets, to never stop dreaming.