The Outsiders Charlotte S. Jaffe

ISBN: 9781566440592

Published: January 1st 2000

Paperback

48 pages


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The Outsiders  by  Charlotte S. Jaffe

The Outsiders by Charlotte S. Jaffe
January 1st 2000 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 48 pages | ISBN: 9781566440592 | 10.59 Mb

December 1997I could picture hundreds and hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities, boys with black eyes who jumped at their own shadows. Hundreds of boys who maybe watched sunsets and looked at stars and ached for something better. IMoreDecember 1997I could picture hundreds and hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities, boys with black eyes who jumped at their own shadows. Hundreds of boys who maybe watched sunsets and looked at stars and ached for something better. I could see boys going down under street lights because they were mean and tough and hated the world, and because it was too late to tell them that there was still good in it and they wouldnt believe you if you did....

Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand them and wouldnt be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore.The Outsiders is a book that delves deeply into the hearts, minds, and stories of a group that had no voice before S. E. Hinton gave them one. She began writing the book at age 15, spurred on by the disturbing trend she saw growing in her high school towards division between groups. I was worried and angered by the social situation, Hinton writes. I saw two groups at the extreme ends of the social scale behaving in an idiotic fashion -- one group was being condemned and one wasnt....

When a friend of mine was beaten up for no other reason than that some people didnt like the way he combed his hair, I took my anger out by writing about it.Thirty years after it was first published, The Outsiders still carries the same frightening and unifying messages for teens (and readers of all ages) of the 90s. The ruthlessly realistic and violent story of the Greasers and the Socs, rival gangs from very different sides of the railroad tracks, is narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, a smart, sensitive kid who has grown to become one of the most recognizable figures in the history of young adult literature.

Any teen who has ever felt isolated or different can identify with Ponyboy, a kid forced to be tough on the outside, but who underneath is just as scared and needy as anyone. Hinton herself has said that she has never written a character as close to her own self as Ponyboy is.

Young Adult fiction was shaped and defined by Susan Eloise Hinton, and the realism she attached to the genre became the norm, enabling later writers like Robert Cormier and Judy Blume to find characters and voices that actually spoke to adolescents. Since 1967, Ponyboy has become the hero for countless teenagers nationwide, and now, with the rerelease of the book to commemorate 30 years of readers, The Outsiders stands to influence an entire new legion of adolescents who need Ponyboy as much as ever.



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