Why do people still read The Outsiders?

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The Outsiders is still read because it is a timeless story of teen angst and brotherly love.

Written by a teenager in 1967, The Outsiders is remarkable for its raw honesty.  Teens appreciate it because it honestly describes the way they feel, and does not talk down to them.  Adults appreciate it because it is a window into the teen soul.

For example, Pony remarks on how Cherry, a Soc girl he meets at the drive-in, is not quite so different.  Socs and greasers have more in common than he thought.

They liked the Beatles and thought Elvis Presley was out, and we thought the Beatles were rank and that Elvis was tuff, but that seemed the only difference to me. (ch 3)

This statement is an example of what gives the book such universal appeal.  Modern readers won’t necessarily get the references, but they will appreciate that different social classes can have difficulty getting along, even when they have things in common.