I was looking at my Blogger page today and I realized:
WE HAVE 4,000 PAGEVIEWS!!!!
I KID YOU NOT!!!!
Honestly, I don't know how I missed this looking at my Blogger page before, but I'm happy.
THIS BLOG IS TWO YEARS OLD PEOPLE!!! The first post (reviewing Fablehaven) was from May of 2014!!!!
The B.O.B. is two years old omg!!
But a big thanks to everyone who still reads these posts...You're the reason I came back to The B.O.B.!
I digress. I do actually have a book review for you guys today.
As you wish.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
(The reason I keep on doing Goodreads Summaries is either that I don't have time or I can't do the book justice by writing a summary. This time it's both.)
I had absolutely no complaints about this book except for two things:
- We had to annotate it for school. (Which isn't S.E. Hinton's fault...) BUT IT WAS A LOT OF ANNOTATING. I ANNOTATED THE POOP OUT OF THIS BOOK. This was all the stuff we had to annotate for:
And I know you probably can't read my handwriting (it's much better now, but I was writing that in a hurry), but it was a lot of things to annotate for. Especially for middle school.
- The other thing: ALL THE FEELS. MY LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS SOBBED READING THIS BOOK. ALL OF US.
So many deaths...
Me when my favorite character died:
My friends trying to comfort me:
IT WASN'T FAIR! THEY ALL DIED!!!!!!!
Shush and let me be sad, Grandpa.
This book made me want to be in the 50's, but at the same time not want to be.
I was very, very torn.
Bad Parts of the 50's and the bad parts of life in this book:
- So many deaths in this city...
- The Greasers and Socs (pronounced soh-sh, not sock.) are completely separated.
- Greasers are more like gangsters instead of this cute guy from Miss Atomic Bomb by The Killers:
- Some darn good movies were made in the 50's (Singing In The Rain, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry A Millionaire, Cinderella, the list goes on.)
- Fashion in the 50's was probably my favorite. (I might do a blog post on how to be a Soc and greaser for Halloween, since it is just around the corner.)
- Petticoats are SOOOO COOL. (Again with the fashion.)
But this book kind of brought everything to life, especially since most of the characters were based off real people. (I read that in the introduction, the one part of the book I did not have to annotate.) That's probably my favorite aspect of the book.
I mean, it got so real and so relatable that our school started using The Outsiders vocab.
Beating someone up was no longer "getting in a fight" it was "getting jumped".
We started labeling the cliques in school as Socs or Greasers.
It got so real that year.
But probably the most fun thing about reading this book was that after we read the book at school, WE GOT TO DRESS UP AS SOCS OR GREASERS.
I was a Soc. Obviously. Petticoats, y'all. (I do recommend Amazon for petticoats and dresses.)
This was a super fun read in the end, and any kid in middle school should read this book, honestly.
They most definitely won't be emotionally damaged by the end of this book.
Yeah, I was being sarcastic. This book is very depressing.
I lie when I say that some books are great and happy. They aren't.
But overall, still a great book. Read it. Now.
Thanks again for sticking with me for these two years, and have a great week!