Spotlight Wednesday: A Classic!

I recently reread The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It's one of the books that first got me interested in, well, books, and since there was nothing in particular on the spotlight schedule this week, it seemed like a good time to include a classic contemp. Why I decided to do it with a ridiculous cartoon is another matter...

15 comments:

Sarah Darer Littman said...

Haha! I love your cartoon! And I, personally NEVER have beer cans lying around*
*only because I drink bottled beer

Kris said...

A classic I need to pick up! We just started TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD in book club...another classic many of us have never read. No beer cans here. Only wine bottles...

Thanks for sharing!

Christi said...

Love the Outsiders! Your cartoon is great, I love it!

Michael Northrop said...

Thanks! It really is an amazing book, with Ponyboy, Darry, Sodapop and the rest of 'em.

Bottled beer... Wine... I feel like I'm hanging out at The Ritz!

Lydia Sharp said...

LOL! Nice cartoon.

I have not yet read THE OUTSIDERS, but it's on my list. My hubby actually recommended it a while back. I did read A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles, though, which is even older than THE OUTSIDERS (takes place during WWII) but I think it would also be considered YA contemp. Loved it.

jenniferpickrell said...

I can remember reading this book (and then reading about S.E. Hinton) when I was a teenager and thinking, "Wow, I totally need to write an awesome book and get it published, just like she did." I viewed Hinton as having magical powers :)

Alas, I did not publish a book when I was a teenager, but I still dig The Outsiders. And I remember liking Rumble Fish, too.

Lisa Schroeder said...

I should read the book. I've only seen the movie (with lots of cute boys who went on to be big stars!)

You have so many talents, Michael. Stop making the rest of us look bad, would ya?

Melissa Walker said...

I recently bought THE OUTSIDERS so I could re-read it. And when considering email sign-offs, I often type out "Stay gold" before I erase it and put something lame like, "Best." I don't feel cool enough to use "gold"... but I want to!

Lindsey Leavitt said...

This post is classic

Becca C. said...

I loooove The Outsiders. The copy I have was my mom's - she stole a school copy when she was 13, she loved it that much. The spine has been broken many times :)

I also love Rumble Fish and That Was Then, This Is Now, which is a companion novel to The Outsiders and has some overlapping characters. Ponyboy is in it!

Michael Northrop said...

Thanks! And, to quote another classic (Animal House): "I'd like to address these charges one at a time"...

Lydia: A Separate Peace is an absolute masterpiece! One little bounce of a branch...
Jennifer: Rumble Fish, too. It's so short (I remember rereading most of it in a diner), but the ending is a total gut-punch.
Lisa: Aw, shucks! And speaking of Rumble Fish, did you see that movie? Mickey Rourke as Motorcycle Boy!
Melissa: Stay gold! Yes! I demand that your next email ends that way.
Thanks, Lindsey!

Michael Northrop said...

We must have been leaving comments at the same time, Becca. Great minds... Stealing a school copy of The Outsiders, eh? Your mom is pretty hardcore—she's like the Dally of moms!

Micol Ostow said...

Great spotlight choice, and definitely a classic contemp title!

Denise Jaden said...

Because we're all about over-sharing here at The Contemps...I was supposed to read The Outsiders in school, but I actually rented the video and then just pretended I'd read it. Back then I was completely anti-reading. And yes, I regret that one hundred percent. But now that you mention the book, I'm eager to go back and read it. I really did enjoy the movie!

Adeeva Afsheen said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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