"It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset."
I really wish I had picked The Outsiders up in High School. I feel as if I would have related to these characters on a deeper level and with a better understanding. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't remember what it was like to be 14 or 16 or even 18, unfortunately I vividly remember my angsty, depressed, unpopular youth. I look back and think of how naive and lonely I felt at the most awkward stage of every teens life. And that's the thing, diving into this book brought back a lot of those memories, I felt transported back into a time I desperately tried to claw my way out of when I was 14, 16, and 18. -
With that aside, I loved the relationships the Greasers have with one another, despite reputation they're loving, sensitive, and represent the idea of cultivating your own family. Also, they're REALLY obsessed with hair. -
I also like the discussion of "the grass isn't always greener..." between the Socs and the Greasers. It brought a lot of perspective to the story rather than making it a one sided story about the Greasers.
I think overall I had to give it a 3.5, maybe 4? The writing is obviously more informal and I felt like some of the explanations or situations were lacking in descriptions, but it really came down to my perspective and the frustration I felt at the boys for continuing to make the same decisions over and over.