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Friday, December 9, 2011

Feature and Follow Friday (#11)

Yay for Friday! I can't tell you how bad I needed this weekend.

Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read where book bloggers can hop around, leave comments, and answer a question each week. It's a fun way to get to know one another.

Q: Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

 

I'm actually going to go with a classic here: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

Time and time again, I hear boys say this is one of their favorite books. That. Is. A. Serious. Accomplishment. Especially when it comes to teenagers.

Pretty much anyone and everyone can relate to some aspect of this book. Darry, the older brother, looks after the younger brothers, Ponyboy and Sodapop (talk about memorable names). Here, both sibling rivalry and loyalty to family are explored. The boys belong to the poor group of guys known as the Greasers (themes of class divisions, friendship, rivalries). The guys crush on the girls of their rival game, the Socs. Fights go down, people get stabbed. More themes explored, such as the redeeming of an indivdual. Later we have a robbery, a shooting, a couple of deaths. A trial. A family growing closer.

Awesome action. Boys getting in trouble but coming to each other's rescue. Plus, S.E. Hinton's narration as Ponyboy comes through as both natural and compelling. If you're not a reader by nature, it sucks you in!

Can't believe she wrote this book in 10th grade and got the call the day she graduated high school in Tulsa, OK, that it would be published. Talk about the best present ever.

Oh, and the movie adaption of the book is pretty good too.

What is a title you think everyone should read?

20 comments:

Tia said...

I actually haven't read the book or seen this movie. I'll definitely be on the look out for it now! Great choice!

My Follow Friday!

Raine said...

That was an awesome birthday pressie all right. It would have floored me if something like that happened to me. :D I've heard about "The Outsiders" a lot especially back in high school. My BFF had this book as her top reads and for the life of me I wasn't able to borrow her copy. I'm going to look out for this book at the thrift shop :D I've seen the movie too when it was on cable doing rounds but it had been years ago and I wouldn't mind re-watching it. I hope the movie will come around again. Here's my FF

Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous said...

I watched the movie awhile back and I remember taking the book from one of my middle school teachers, but I never did read it.

Little_Dhampir91 said...

Great pick!

Michael @ The Bookshelf Review said...

The outsiders is a great book and awesome movie. Really good choice. =] New Follower. =]
Here is My FF

Jackie's Little World said...

I've heard of The Outsiders but didn't know much about it. I agree that anything young boys will say they love is a huge deal.

Thanks for stopping by my FF! Have a great weekend!

readinginwinter said...

I read this one a long time ago ... I can't even remember it now! I think it's on my shelf, so I'll have to give it a read. Happy FF! :)

Stephanie H. said...

Wow, it's been so long since I've read this book. Might be time for a reread!

aleksandra said...

I think i stumbled across the movie on TV a few weeks back. And started watching it because of a great cast. But it didn't pull me in. But I can see why the book would a great success and a nice read. Friendship, troubles, and all. I'll try to find it at my library. Though it's very badly stocked. (:
Thanks for stopping by my FF, by the way!

Aleksandra from My Bookshelves.

The Nocturnal Library said...

Wow, what an unusual choice! I love it.
New GFC follower.

Here's our #FF

Make sure to enter the giveaway too of you're interested.

Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

Kyle (A Reader's Pensieve) said...

I agree with this too! My friend decided to read this aloud to her 7th grade homeroom class in the fall and they LOVED it! She had some really reluctant male readers who went and checked it out from the library after she finished so they could read it again. That is the mark of an amazing book. I read it in 8th grade and am so happy that people still love it. Great choice!

Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Read that one years ago but did not know that about the author! So cool! Sort of like Amelia Atwater Rhodes story, she wrote a book at 13 and happened to know people who knew people and hers was published as well!

Here's my Friday Hops

Have a GREAT weekend!

Old Follower :)

A Booky Wonderlander said...

I still have to read those, but thank you for suggesting them! And thank you for following me, I'm following you back!

http://abookywonderland.blogspot.com/2011/12/follow-friday2.html

Kah_cherub said...

I haven't read or watched those yet, but they sound great!
I'm a new gfc follower: Kah_Cherub
Happy Holidays! ;)

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Sarah@Catching Books said...

Great choices :)
thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I am following you back!

FABR Steph said...

I haven't thought about this book in awhile. It is a great read. Nice gifting choice.
New GFC follower for FF.
My Follow Friday

Claire said...

I wasn't aware that this was a book. I remember the film from a long time ago though.

Thanks for stopping by Claire's Book Corner. I'm a new follower.

Sarah Brown said...

I've seen the movie but have never read the book but it was years ago now, new follower, here's mine
http://headstuckinabook.blogspot.com/2011/12/feature-and-follow-friday-8.html

Sandra said...

Great choice. I am old enough that I read the book before the movie was made. Thanks for stopping by.

New Follower.
Sandra
Waiting For Wentworth

DforDarla said...

I really enjoyed reading the Outsiders. Great choice.