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.
Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton’s classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written.
This is one of those books that I would have never chosen to read myself. However, it was the buddy read in one of my reading groups and I decided to give it a chance. I have to say I knew about the movie, but I had never heard about the book.
I found it boring at the beginning, and it was hard for me to feel connected to any of the characters. Yes, the topics are pretty much universal: bullying, discrimination, violence, poverty… However, I really think this book is better enjoyed if you belong to the same country and culture as the book.
It was a quick read, despite Ponyboy’s endless ramblings. It was entertaining, but not memorable. I can see why people keep saying they love it, but I just didn’t feel any connection to the book or the characters or the story.
Anyhow, for all of that, I give this book… 3 TEA CUPS!