I decided to kick off the September Reading List with one of my childhood favorites The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Introduced this book in eighth grade, it was the first required read for school I remember really enjoying. Narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, a Greaser from the wrong side of the tracks, it tells the story of the conflict between two groups of young adults divided by socioeconomic status known as the Greasers and the Socs. When an encounter between the two groups leads to tragedy, Ponyboy is forced to realize that nothing can last forever nor can one remain untouched from from the harsh realities of life. While it deals with many heavy issues, this timeless classic encourages readers to “stay gold” and strive to not let who they are be tainted by the hardships they might face. I believe this overarching theme throughout the book is the crux of the staying power The Outsiders continues to have with young people today. In fact, the book was part of my cousin Erin’s middle school curriculum almost a decade after it was part of mode, and it has become one of favorites as well. In a world where the only thing constant is change, we all need as reminder to hold on to hope and to “stay gold.”
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