When I mention the name S. E. Hinton it may not automatically ring alarm bells, but I’m certain you’ve heard of the book The Outsiders. Susan Eloise (S. E. to you and me) wrote the book when she was 17 and seeing as it was a book about teenage boys she thought it best to go by her initials so she wouldn’t be dismissed as a “silly” girl writing about
sexy troubled boys.
Not much is known about her as she is an extremely private person, but I just love the fact that she wrote this AH-mazing book about rival school gangs and it just blew up and basically became the quintessential young adult fiction novel to become a part of the school syllabus all around the world. Almost 50 years after being published it still sells more than 500,000 copies a year! YOWZA!!
It also helps that the movie adaptation of The Outsiders starred so many up and coming HOT Hollywood stars – I mean really…look at that! I was more than happy to watch this movie over and over again in Year 9 English class after we’d all read the book.
So this Sunday I raise my laptop to S.E. Hinton – thank you for bringing such rich characters like Ponyboy and Sodapop into my life!
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