The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
Somehow I made it through junior high and high school without ever being asked to read The Outsiders. It's too bad; I think I would have liked it even more then.

It's a great story....it lives up to the hype. The lessons are simple to grasp, and I suppose that's why its a favorite of junior high English teachers.

Beyond the we-are-different-but-really-the-same message--which is likely more pertinent today than it was 50 years ago when it was written--I really enjoyed taking the time warp back to the 60‘s. The lingo, the clothes, the attitudes, the nicknames, the cheesey one-liners. These are the little things that made the story memorable for me.

I‘m going to start looking for reasons to say “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold" from now on.