The Outsiders

Paperback Perils: The Outsiders


Title: The Outsiders
Author: S.E. Hinton
Publication Date: 1967
Publishing House: Speak

I don’t know about other readers out there but sometimes I just feel like reading books that I’ve read before; I feel like meeting those old friends between the pages. Whenever I do this it tends to really mess with my reading list. So instead of finishing the last few stories in Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirror I’ve been rereading books. 

One of these rereads was S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. I remember first reading this book in middle school (age 11-14 or so) and it was one of the few assigned readings that I actually enjoyed reading. Most of the books assigned by teachers didn’t hold my interest but something about Hinton’s writing did. 

I can’t remember if reading That was Then, This is Now by Hinton was assigned reading also but I read it too along with all the other Hinton books that my middle school had in the library had such as Rumble Fish and Tex. The other stories, as much as I enjoyed them, never stuck with me like The Outsiders did though. 

Maybe it’s the love shown between this outcast group of friends, maybe it is just the love between brothers that makes this story stick with me. Possibly it is the oddity of the names like Ponyboy and Sodapop or maybe this story sticks with me because it is the first of Hinton’s books that I read. Despite the reason, no matter how old I get this book will always be one that I come back to on occasion. 

Do you enjoy rereading books? If so, what are your favorites that you always come back to like old friends? Happy Monday. 

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