S.E Hinton- The Outsiders
by B Thornton- Harwood
Greasers are almost like hoods; we steal things and drive souped-up cars and hold up gas stations and have a gang fight once in a while.
I’ve been told that you should never judge a book by it’s cover, now that is exactly what I did with this book cos geeze’s hair and shirt combo was excellent, the book however- not so much.
The Outsiders follows Ponyboy Curtis and his gang of Greasers, a bunch of kids with long greasy hair. They go running around smoking and sneaking into the drive-thru theatre having fights with the Socs (short for socialites, their rival gang made up of the popular, rich kids from school). That all goes tits up when Ponyboy’s pal Johnny shanks Bob, leader of the Socs, and they have to leg it out of town.
Naturally Bob and Ponyboy redeem themselves and a there’s a moral of sorts and we all learn something about the fragility of the teenagesoul.
S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders when she was 16 and as such this STANK of teenage angst. I can see why it was controversial at the time, and how it had a profound effect on teenagers who were bullied at school, or struggled to just be themselves.
But with a gang made up of Ponyboy, Sodapop, Dally, Darry, Johnnycake, Two-Bit and Stevie to be quite frank it just reads like a GCSE drama piece.
Plus the image I had in my head of Bob was Biff from Back to the Future, which was simply hilarious and really detracted from the suspense in some of the scenes.