[Originally posted on tumblr on 1. September 2012]
According to the pages in the back of the book S.E. Hinton wrote ‘The Outsiders’ at the age of fifteen/sixteen.
I think that’s extremely amazing.
Compared to all those famed ‘teenage writers’ of the last few years this book is actually genuinley good without considering the age the author was when she wrote it. Then again, to be fair this was first published in 1967. Things surely were different back then, especially the hobbies of most kids.
I’m only 51 pages into this book and it already amazes me how ‘real’ the main character seems to be and every other character. Well, yes, the author was inspired by real life events and so on, but you still have to be pretty good to write something like this.