One of the hundred books a year I read:

One of the hundred books a year I read:

S.E. Hinton The Outsiders

The Outsiders

S.E. Hinton

Purchase Options:

Affiliate links pay me a small commission on purchases but have no impact on your price.

Share this book with your friends!

Though I enjoy discovering new authors and books, sometimes I want the comfort of a book I’ve read many times. Most of you have probably either read the book or seen the remarkably faithful movie released in 1983 (which launched the careers of a host of well-known actors).

Ponyboy Curtis, a 14-year-old orphan living with his older brother’s Soda and Darry, gets good grades and runs track at school, but hangs out with a tight-knit group of troublemakers in his own neighborhood, the Greasers. He and two friends—Johnny and Dallas—chat with two girls at a drive-in movie which draws the ire of their boyfriends, part of the Socs (aka, Socials). Later that night, Pony and Johnny are jumped by the boys, Johnny stabs and kills one in self-defense.

Dallas, wise to the ways of police and jail, sends the two of them to an old church out in the country to hide out. They pass the time smoking cigarettes and reading Gone with the Wind, but their cover is blown when they rescue a group of young children trapped by a fire. Returned to town, they face the consequences of their actions.

2 Comments

  1. James Viscosi on July 11, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    I remember reading this one in high school, and I saw the movie back in the 80s too. Years later when I came across the film again I was astonished by the cast roster. Just imagine how much it would have cost to make a movie with all those actors 10 or 15 years later!

    • D.K. Wall on July 12, 2020 at 8:08 am

      The worst part for me is a memory of talking about the movie in my office. The youngest member of my team, fresh out of college, knew who Tom Cruise was, but was lost who the other actors were. He pulled up IMDB, looked up the movie, and said, “Oh, that’s why, it was made before I was born.”

      Ouch.

Leave a Comment





Three Ways To Follow D.K. Wall

Social

Media

Social media is great when it works, but in their quest for advertising dollars, social media channels like Facebook insist I pay them to share my posts with my readers and even that doesn't guarantee it. Train your feed by liking and commenting on posts.

Monday

Musing

Receive a weekly email containing the complete Monday Musing (random observations on life or a short story), descriptions of the best of the 100 books a year I read, interesting links to things that amuse me, a vocabulary word, and a gratuitous dog photo.

Monthly

Newsletter

A monthly email with news about upcoming books, links to Monday Musings, fun surveys with your fellow readers, and subscriber exclusives. As a thank you, new subscribers receive two FREE ebooks. You may unsubscribe at any time, no questions asked.