Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner. This week we are going to be discussing The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. As some of you may know, The Outsiders celebrated its 50th anniversary this past November. And for the uninformed, The Outsiders is a much celebrated book, which was an incredibly important piece of fiction when it came out in 1967.
The Outsiders was revolutionary because it was written by a teenager, about teenagers, for teenagers. In fact, that was the original tagline when the book first came out. Some would say that The Outsiders was one of the first books in what would later become the young adult genre. The Outsiders is a book that has resonated with people of all ages over the last 50 years because of the relatable characters and strong themes.
Ponyboy and his brothers, Sodapop and Darry, are doing their best to get along now that their parents have passed away. Darry and Ponyboy are having a hard time understanding each other and often seem to be on completely different pages, which leaves Sodapop to mediate between his brothers’ arguments.
Ponyboy and his brothers hang out with a solid group on friends — Dally, Johnny, Two-bit, and Steve. After staying out too late with Johnny, Ponyboy comes home to an irate Darry, and following an argument, Ponyboy runs out. Ponyboy convinces Johnny to run away with him after they run into some trouble. This is followed by a fight in which one of the rival boys ends up dead, and Ponyboy and Johnny are forced to run away for real.
The Outsiders is a short novel that portrays true friendship, challenges stereotypical thinking, discusses death, and considers how to navigate a challenging high school and home life situation. The Outsiders has touched many people in the last 50 years, and it will continue to do so for countless years to come.
— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor