Description: According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. This classic, written by S. E. Hinton when she was 16 years old, is as profound today as it was when it was first published in 1967.
The Good Stuff
- Wonderful characters with great names. Come on who doesn't love Ponyboy and Sodapop
- Interesting social commentary on violent class conflicts
- Realistic portrayal of the relationship between the boys at the time this book was written
- Wonderful commentary on the senselessness of violence
- Ponyboy is such a wonderful rich character and the relationship between him and his brothers is what makes this such a wonderful novel for teens
- The relationship between Johnny and the various members of the gang
- Makes you think twice before you judge someone based on their manner of dress or hairstyle
- Interesting paragraph on understanding that boys need to burn off steam (very true lets stop denying our kids have some agression and instead lets help them find some healthy ways for them to burn it off)
- A hopeful ending
- It isn't as powerful to read it now as things are quite a lot more violent these days and there troubles seem to pale in comparison to what youths are up against now.
- I wasn't completely surprised that it was written by a younger writer, as the literary skills aren't up to snuff -- not judging because her writing is far superior than mine
"Stay Gold Ponyboy"
"You can't win, even if you whip us. You'll still be where you were before - at the bottom. And we'll still be the lucky ones with all the breaks. So it doesn't do any good, the fighting and the killing. It doesn't prove a thing."
What I Learned
- That this was actually written by a 16 year old girl - boy was I ever a lazy 16 year old, I was just mooning over Mike Tinker and trying to get my homework done
- The meaning of Stay Gold Ponyboy
- This should be required reading for grade 7 and up boys and girls
I picked this up at the Guelph Humber book swap last year and did not have to review it, just felt like it