The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

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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.

Dorothy Must Die

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I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know?

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

Meh. I didn't like it.

It was interesting to see the way the original characters have been twisted and deconstructed - as well as Oz itself.

Amy has too much angst. and there is too much crushing (or should I say, "What?! HIM?! I totally don't feel like that about him. But... why am I so jealous of every other female in the same room as him") for my taste.

Somehow, I'm not sure how, but the book feels like it was both too long and too short. The ending is cheap. It's a series, so that should be a clue, but it was poorly handled.

COYER Challenge: "The List"

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List of 15 books to read from!

- Dread Nation* ✓
-The Hate U Give* ✓
-Luckiest Girl Alive* DNF (overhyped)
-To All the Boys I've Loved Before*
-Fahrenheit 451*
- The Other Woman
- Baby Teeth
- Bring Me Back
- Providence
- Autonomous
- Terminal Alliance
- Artemis
- Sky in the Deep
- Furyborn
- Dawn in Damnation

The ones with stars are higher priority because they are from the library and I have "The Strict" next week - which means no library books!

Pretty much the same list I had at the beginning of the challenge, but removed the finished (and DNFed). Added in a few library books that have come in since then.

Sunday Post #7: Unannounced Extended Hiatus Edition

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Dorothy Must Die
The Great Alone
The Outsiders

Participated in a couple of Facebook games, but couldn't figure out how to link it to the big sign up thing. 🤷 Oh well.

I failed my personal challenge already. ^^;




Initially I had no reason for taking a hiatus. It was the end of school, things got busy and then I just lost steam.

I was actually working on this entry for last week, but that Saturday night my husband broke his ankle. (That would be a little over a week ago, now.) Went to the bone doctor on Tuesday and found out that he needs surgery.

So... yeah.




I beat Final Fantasy XV.

Got my hands on the SNES Classic and my brother gave me his Nintendo Switch. (O_O)
So, living it up with some old favorites and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

That was prior to my husband's injury. Now he has taken over the PS4 and TV with a sim builder called Aven Colony. (Not a bad thing, I should be reading anyway.)

Grabbed another ps4 controller and now playing co-op on 7 Days to Die.


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