"Every teenager feels that adults have no idea what's going on. That's exactly the way I felt when I wrote THE OUTSIDERS." -S.E. Hinton
Reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS (Speak, YA) around the beginning of junior high, I felt I was shadowing "older bad boys." In the book, there are two rival gangs- the Greasers and the Socs. Ponyboy is a Greaser. The catalyst occurs when big brother Darry hits Ponyboy, prompting Ponyboy to run away from home. Ponyboy joins fellow Greaser Johnny. Johnny ends up killing a Soc to save Ponyboy. Now the boys have to go on the run...
This book gave me my earliest exposure to Robert Frost's poetry. Ponyboy recites "Nothing Gold Can Stay" as he and Johnny are watching a sunrise. I remember being enamored by the poem and saddened by Johnny's final words to Ponyboy, "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..."
In the back of one of the newer editions of THE OUTSIDERS, S.E. Hinton shares she started writing the book when she was 15 and finished when she was 16. That was also the year she got a D (yes, a D!) in creative writing at school. Nonetheless, according to S.E. Hinton's Wikipedia page, THE OUTSIDERS has gone on to sell more than 14 million super plus copies since its publication in 1967.
Have you read THE OUTSIDERS? What's a subject you've thrived and excelled in despite a bad grade you received for it back in school?