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S.E. Hinton
Susan Eloise Hinton's career as an author began while she was still a student at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Disturbed by the divisions among her schoolmates into two groups--the Greasers and the Socs--Hinton wrote The Outsiders, an honest, sometimes shocking novel told from the... show more

Susan Eloise Hinton's career as an author began while she was still a student at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Disturbed by the divisions among her schoolmates into two groups--the Greasers and the Socs--Hinton wrote The Outsiders, an honest, sometimes shocking novel told from the point of view of an orphaned 14-year-old Greaser named Ponyboy Curtis. Since her narrator was male, it was decided that Hinton use only her first initials so as not to put off boys who would not normally read books written by women. The Outsiders was published during Hinton's freshman year at the University of Tulsa, and was an immediate sensation.Today, with more than eight million copies in print, the book is the best-selling young adult novel of all time, and one of the most hauntingly powerful views into the thoughts and feelings of teenagers. The book was also made into a film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring such future stars as Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, and Tom Cruise.Once published, The Outsiders gave her a lot of publicity and fame, and also a lot of pressure. S.E. Hinton was becoming known as "The Voice of the Youth" among other titles. This kind of pressure and publicity resulted in a three year long writer's block.Her boyfriend (and now, her husband), who had gotten sick of her being depressed all the time, eventually broke this block. He made her write two pages a day if she wanted to go anywhere. This eventually led to That Was Then, This Is Now.In the years since, Ms. Hinton has married and now has a teenaged son, Nick. She continues to write, with such smash successes as That Was Then, This Is Now, Rumble Fish and Tex, almost as well known as The Outsiders. She still lives in Tulsa with her husband and son, where she enjoys writing, riding horses, and taking courses at the university.In a wonderful tribute to Hinton's distinguished 30-year writing career, the American Library Association and School Library Journal bestowed upon her their first annual Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors authors whose "book or books, over a period of time, have been accepted by young people as an authentic voice that continues to illuminate their experiences and emotions, giving insight into their lives."
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 Leah's Bookish Obsession
Leah's Bookish Obsession rated it 6 months ago
๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ A Classic Young Adult Stay Gold, Ponyboy, Stay Gold With Narration performed by Jim Fyfe ๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ I don't remember if I read the book before or after the movie came out...but I enjoyed both quite a bit. This story has always stuck with me, ...
Bookish Blerd
Bookish Blerd rated it 6 months ago
Author: S. E. Hinton Narrator: Jim Fyfe Time: 05:27:26 Reread. Oh my gosh this books gives all the feels! I haven't read this book since elementary school and I had forgotten how much I loved it. The story is haunting in a way. The social division between the Greasers and the Socs is somethi...
JL's Bibliomania
JL's Bibliomania rated it 2 years ago
After listening to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, I can see why this book has been a staple of the High School curriculum. Ponyboy Curtis is a young adult struggling to find his place with his brothers and in the larger society. While some of the language is a bit dated (referring to a tobacco ciga...
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Fallen Over Book Reviews rated it 3 years ago
I want to know why I was never required to read this book in school? It is freaking amazing! Another blogger friend of mine posted about her copy of The Outsiders and it intrigued me. Then I asked my husband about the book and he said he read it and it was awesome. So I knew I had to give this book ...
YA Fanatic
YA Fanatic rated it 4 years ago
This is one of my favorite books of all time if not my favorite book. I love all of S.E. Hinton's books and most of all her characters. I did listen to this one this time around and have to say the audio book is not my favorite. But still, all the love for this book. Ponyboy and his brothers, Sod...
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