|Nomadic SA Chick||
Page Count: 180
Fiction Genre: Academic, YA, Realistic
Dates Read: October 31, 2015
Reading Challenge: ATW Reading Challenge
Topic: #337: A Book Set in Oklahoma
Ponyboy, yes, that's actually his name, is an outcast. A teenager from the wrong side of the tracks. His older brothers are in just as bad of shape as he is. Ponyboy believes there is more to his life, but he has a lot of battles to fight to get there.
My high school literature class experience was very nontraditional. There are a lot of books that I probably should have read in high school that I never did, and never took the initiative to do. The Outsiders is one of those books I should have read years ago while I was still a teenager. I've noticed a lot of people love this book. A majority of these people read this book when they were teenagers.
All of that being said, I HATED this book. I really do think a lot of my disdain for this book came from reading it several years outside of high school. To start, this is basically a written version of the musical West Side Story, and even that wasn't outstanding. Hinton's writing style is very basic, uses very simple language, and has very weak plot and character development. It is very impressive that Hinton wrote this when she was on 16 years old; very few people can say they've accomplished something so great at such a young age. Overall, this book left me irritated, bored, and frustrated. I fell like The Outsiders and I had a huge miscommunication that happened because I was no longer 14 years old. I can see how this book would be appealing to someone as a teenager, but all the appeal was gone for me.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 4
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 3
Characters - 3
Enjoyability - 1
Insightfulness - 2
Ease of Reading - 6
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 2 out of 5 stars