S. E. Hinton’s trifecta of The Outsiders, followed by That Was Then, This Is Now, and rounded off with Rumble Fish are probably the only books I liked for a good eight years. I didn’t like reading until I was seventeen.
Now I want to go back to the Hinton days. Back when fun was just a bunch of dudes hanging out in the local saloon, drinking Coke, and playing billiards. They stayed out late too. Real punks. But they had hearts of gold. And they stayed gold. Get it? Got it. Good. Yeah, back to those Hinton days. If only we could get back there, someway, somehow… *cue dream sequence*
1. If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.
2. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
3. Nothing can wear you out like caring about people.
4. Get smart and nothing can touch you.
5. It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one.
6. He died violent and young and desperate, just like we all knew he’d die someday.
7. They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.
8. Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human too.
9. It’s okay. We aren’t in the same class. Just don’t forget that some of us watch the sunset too.
10. You know what the crummiest feeling you can have is? To hate the person you love the best in the world.
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