Today I bring you my favorite little Greaser - my Godson Raiden. Isn't he the cutest? Thank goodness Bob was able to supply me with this photo because honestly we read The Outsiders so fast that I didn't even have time to plan a themed meal for our movie watching, though after the fact Bob suggested burgers, which would have been a great idea - so let's pretend we ate burgers ok?
I remember reading The Outsiders in high school and I loved it so much that I read it twice all the way through while the rest of the class read it once. This is easily one of my favorite books and to be honest I was nervous about revisiting it. Would it hold up? Would I still find the characters relatable as an adult? Would I still cry at the end? The answer to all of these questions is 100% yes! This book is incredible, it's still relatable and the only thing changed for me as a grown up is how blown away I am by the fact that S.E. Hinton wrote this book when she was a teenager, this young GIRL wrote this incredible book about a group of teenage boys and it was so believable and impactful.
Bob and I agreed on our MVP for this book, hands down Johnny, he is the glue of the group, he evolves, he's a hero. And for LVP Bob picked Bob the Soc kid who they try to humanize even though he's a jerk and deserved what he got. I struggled to pick an LVP because without any of these characters you have a hole in the story. So since this is my blog, I'm not picking an LVP this time around, so there!
I had seen this movie so many times in my youth, I mean it was a whos who of 1980s handsome young actors and my love for Ralph Macchio runs real deep even today (watch Cobra Kai if you haven't already) then you have Francis Ford Coppola directing and how can you lose? Don't worry, you can't. Everything important from the book is in this movie, whole scenes are a direct lift and couldn't be more perfect. Left out were references to horses and the rodeo but those didn't push the story forward. Tamy had never seen this movie before and she really enjoyed it. (whew)
Final thoughts, I'm really glad we revisited this book. I'm really glad it holds up and continues to be my favorite and probably will for a long long time. I definitely needed the reminder to hang on to wonder and to stay true to myself and to stay gold. Do you have a favorite book from high school that is still your favorite today? Tell me about it in the comments!
We have also completed Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None so stay tuned!