Month: February 2016

The Outsiders

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I had never read this book before, although a lot of you probably read it in middle school. This is a story about teenage gang life in the 1950’s.

The main character and first person perspective is Ponyboy. His brother’s names are Darry and Sodapop. They were orphaned after their parents were killed in a car crash. Darry got a job and Soda dropped out of school to work at a gas station.

Ponyboy is the youngest boy, a small but tough greaser just like the rest of his friends. Greasers are low-life, low-income, t-shirt and jeans wearing, greasy-haired boys. Their arch enemies are the Socials, or Soc’s. The Soc’s are preppy rich kids who think the greasers are nobodies.

The main plot is about when Ponyboy and his friend Johnny get in a fight with some Soc’s and Johnny kills one of them to save Ponyboy from getting drowned. The rest of the story involves them running away and their friend Dally helps bring them supplies. I don’t want to give anything else away.

The rivalry between the greasers and the Soc’s is interesting because it draws a lot of parallels to our own teenage years in the new century. Even though the differences between the groups are unique to that era, the reasons behind the differences are the same. It’s all about money and social status. The greasers were called greasers because they always wore a ton of grease in their hair, but it’s also a symbol of who they are and they are proud to be greasers.

I watched the 1983 movie after I finished the book. It followed pretty closely and then skipped some scenes with the brothers at the end. For an 80’s movie, it was alright. It’s packed with great actors, such as Patrick Swayze, Ralph Maccio, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, and Diane Lane. It’s so fun to see them all as babies!

I would recommend the both the book and movie.


Yes Please

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Amy Poehler: comedienne, actor, dancer, ex-wife, mother, occasional pot-smoker, sister of Tiny Fey. She is many things, and now, a writer!

Poehler mentions many times in her book about how hard writing is, and she would be absolutely correct. It’s hard to write about other books, passions, music, ideas. But sometimes it can be hardest to write about yourself. In this book, Poehler writes about her early childhood, family, friends, how she got started in comedy, how she came to work for SNL, and her biggest accomplishment (in my opinion) Parks and Recreation.

Let me say first that I loved the medium of this book. The pages were thick and bright. There were family photos and memories throughout, and each section began with a neon colored page and big lettering. There were a lot of pages but it was a quick read.

I only really new Amy Poehler from Parks and Rec and I recently saw her in the movie Sisters with Tina Fey. I thought she was funny without trying to be. Amy and Tina act like best friends in all of their sketches and that’s because they are! I like learning about celebrities’ real lives and Amy did her best to stay true to herself and speak honestly and openly about her life while also maintaining her sense of humor.

A few of the things Amy writes about:

  • First attempts at acting
  • Improvisation in college
  • Drugs
  • Getting wasted
  • Sex advice
  • Having children and being a working mother
  • The after-effects of divorce
  • Working with her best friends at SNL
  • Anxiety

I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re a fan of Amy Poehler. If you’re not, just get Netflix and turn on Parks and Rec and you’ll see what I mean.

4/5 rating