announcing ‘the outsiders’ read-along!

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I first read The Outsiders in the summer of 2016 and I’ve loved it ever since.  I borrowed it from the library (this gorgeous edition) and read it and grew so attached that I took it with me on the family vacay (something I never do with library books because they could get Lost or Damaged).  Then I found and bought my own copy at a thrift store and then I spent a million bucks on the brand-new, 50th anniversary edition.  And watched the movie.  And loved the characters and themes so much that The Outsiders quickly become my favorite book of all time, a title previously held by Gone With the Wind (and I adore how there’s a connection between the two).

So now I want to share that love with you, my love for The Outsiders (book and characters).  And what better way to do that than with a read-along, where I (and you!) go chapter by chapter through the book, discussing and thinking and fangirling the whole way through? (And, yes, this read-along is inspired by those read-alongs.)

I’m thinking I’ll do a chapter a week, as the chapters are pretty long and each one is filled with so much plot and character stuff.  If anyone wants to write a guest post for this read-along – character sketch, movie review, what The Outsiders means to you – email me at and we’ll talk.  I’m super excited for this and I hope you are as well!  Whether you’ve read The Outsiders several times or have never read it, there’ll be something in this read-along for you.  Hope to see you there!



12 thoughts on “announcing ‘the outsiders’ read-along!

  1. Wow! What a blast from the past! I read this fifty years ago when it first came out. My sister, our one friend, and I wanted to be tough kids who smoked and wore leather jackets. We were just three girls, (two teens and one preteen) who immersed ourselves in this story. I won’t do a guest blog post, etc, but I’d love to be part of the read-along.


  2. Yes, I’m in! Just saw The Outsiders on PBS’s Great American Read, and I wondered why I’d never read it before. Now I’ll have an excuse to make sure to read it this year. 🙂

    Would you be interested in joining my Louisa May Alcott reading challenge? It just started yesterday and goes through the end of June. 🙂



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