Here's a link to a review I wrote back in 2012.
Author: S. E. Hinton
Narrator: Jim Fyfe
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 something so true and real and very prevalent in today's society. The struggle of being a teen just trying to navigate the world around them was depicted so well. Being a kid/teen sucks no matter your social/financial situation. All walks of life come with their own set of problems and it's hard enough dealing with them and having to fight one another over, well nothing really. Jealousy, hate, boredom?
The characters draw you in and make you develop attachments to them. I didn't remembered how very much I adored Sodapop until rereading this. And Dally... I always liked Dally, but reading this as an adult, I can appreciate him more. I can better understand why he was the way he was. Why he was so tough and cold, and why he was well and truly lost after Johnny's death. Ponyboy hit it on the head: Johnny was the only thing Dally loved.
I love everything about this book, the writing, the story, the characters. The family dynamic between the Curtis brothers--the whole gang, because they're all one big family that looks out for one another as best they can. It's both beautiful and sad. I'm only sorry I took so long to reread this.
Below, I mention how I liked each story and include a favorite quote:
A poem. Very creepy but I’d rather have read a Gaiman story.
Walking among us are the members of a secret company. I don’t know what I took away from this story if anything.
This was actually an excerpt from one of Tanith Lee’s novels. It was also the first time I read anything by her. I liked the imagery that her words created. For instance:
You’d appreciate this story more if you focused on how it was written rather than the plot. I did and I ended up liking it!
A literally visceral story about a man who discovers his remote can do much more than change channels!
A story that brings to mind dictatorships and restrictive regimes, such as the Prohibition in the Cromwell era. Oh, and a girl falls in love with a tiger!
This one was about a splinter group of people who left their human status behind by choice fighting for their rights.
Smoking is banned. Smokers decided to retaliate.
The beginning of the story is set up to deceive the reader. The end is one of the saddest endings I have ever read!
A blind girl will accept you into her family but she needs a sacrifice first.
A hidden cult in the midst of the society and a boy with a dying mother looking for a place to fit in.
Can you even said to be alive, if your insides have been replaced with metal? No, this isn’t about Wolverine!
There’s necrophilia and there are grim peepers. Read this story, if you love being grossed out.
This story is based on a certain type of “outsiders” who like to watch accidents.
A planned hit where the hitman isn’t on the complete plan.
Beautiful imagery is one of the characteristics of this story. The other is heartbreak!
Simply gross but a fitting addition to this collection. A wannabe pop star ends up in a gore-hardcore bar. She doesn’t make it out.
A teenager’s depression comes out to play!
The going ons in a restaurant with some very interesting characters thrown in!
Expectant mothers miscarry all around the world. No one knows why until we reach the end of the story…*shudder*
A sad story about the dreams of those below being crushed by the powers that be. This line from the story says it all:
Another favorite quote:
A broken man tired of being put down by the whole world makes friends…with shadows…who talk to him…
Lighten Up by Jack Ketchum
Pit Boy by Elizabeth Massie
Miss Singularity by John Shirley
The Working Slob’s Prayer by Poppy Z. Brite
Have you read this anthology? Which ones are your favorites?
Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on September 13, 2017.
It's ironic that after I made the post about not finding enough time to post twice a week I exponentially increased how many books I was reading. This has resulted in a backlog of books which show as 'currently reading' on all of my literary social media sites. This has generally meant that the reviews which have been going up on Fridays are following in the order that I read them but I may have read them as much as two months ago. I'm going to change that up with this post because I'm just so excited to talk about this book that it's jumping the queue. Strap in, guys.
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon was brought to my attention by watching this video by one of my favorite BookTubers, Mercedes. It was the cover that initially grabbed my attention (Honestly, are you even surprised anymore?) but it was the quick blurb which she read that truly won me over. (PS The UK and US covers are vastly different and honestly I prefer the cover from the UK.) Cannon's debut novel is set on a small road in England during the summer of 1976 and the winter of 1967. Two seemingly disparate events from these two time periods seem to be converging during what turns out to be one of the hottest summers on record. The reader follows several narrative threads from the inhabitants of this road but the central character is 10-year old Grace. We see her neighbors, family, and friend (Tilly is a delight) through her eyes while also getting to peek behind the shuttered windows and closed doors of their homes where secrets lurk in every corner. It started with a disappearance of a woman...or was it a baby? Maybe it was a fire that started things. It's sometimes difficult to determine just what started a chain of events, isn't it? The Trouble with Goats and Sheep explores that and much more. I don't want this novel to sound distressingly gloomy or dark because that's not accurate. It's difficult for me to convey just what it was that instantly drew me in and had me savoring it like a delicious treat. I think it's that Cannon was able to move seamlessly between the different characters and two time periods and create a story that was both believable and poignant. The people on the avenue felt real and tangible. Their foibles and fears weren't inconceivable or written with a melodramatic air. These were real people who had made mistakes but were too stubborn to admit them. It's a study of humanity and how two little girls tried to reconcile what they were seeing with what they desperately wanted to believe. I knew within 30 pages that this was a book that this was going to have high re-readability for me and I daresay for many others as well. 10/10 highly recommend.
The UK cover:
The US cover:
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 cigarette as a "weed?"), or perhaps because of those language choices, The Outsiders does a wonderful job depicting nostagic Americana. I enjoyed it, though found some of the digressions into description a distraction.
I read The Outsiders for Booklikes-opoly Square Main Street 11: Read a book that takes place between 1945 and 1965 or that was written by an author who was born before 1955. It feels the events of The Outsiders could be happening anytime within 5 years of 1960 or so. (The book itself never states a year or any identifying information such as a political figure, but the Wikipedia article says that the book is set in 1965). Regardless, S.E. Hinton was born before 1955.
Bank Balance $38
Not rolling again until I finish the rest of my Dewey's Bonus Roll selections (unless I hear otherwise)