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Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.
I read this one because it was not only featured on America's Favorite Read, but is one of my daughter's required reading for next year. It happens to take place in my home state (OK), but, no, I'm not from Tulsa.
The Outsiders makes me (more) angry at current YA trends. Ponyboy (and company) have problems, but it's not angst for the sake of angst. (YA authors take note: This was written by a teenage girl ... and the characters were not infuriatingly whiny balls of angst.)
It probably would have helped if I didn't have spoilers for this one. Unfortunately, with a book this old and a much loved movie, this is almost impossible. I wasn't aware the spoilers I had were major plot points that happen during the climax. I waited for them and it was quite a "long" wait.
The book is easy to read, though some of the slang is dated. I had to look up what a "heater" was. (Spoiler: It's a gun.) The rest can mostly be inferred. It's interesting to see what's similar and what has fallen out of favor. You dig?
I definitely recommend this one, especially if you are not even vaguely familiar with it.