Written by S.E. Hinton

1967 ***** 180 pages

I first read The Outsiders in middle school because I had to. A lot of times, when you're forced to read a book, you tend not to like it that much. That was not the case with The Outsiders. I fell head-over-heels in love with the book. I have since read it twice, both times in a relatively quick manner; the second time I read it, I woke up one morning and read the book cover to cover before I even got out of bed. It's a fast-paced book that appeals to a wide array of people on a deeply personal level. In the surface, it tells the story of a group of friends, greasers, who must rally together when one of their own kills a member of the Socs, the rich kids. Although The Outsiders may seem a bit juvenile in its writing style, it has a tremendous amount of heart. Plus, take into account the fact that S.E. Hinton was a teenager when she wrote it. It's a brilliant novel that can be read over and over again and appreciated by all ages. It's definitely one of my all-time favorite novels.