The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

First and foremost, I’m back. You’ll be seeing a lot of book reviews over the next 10 weeks. I’m taking a class on YA Resources for my Library Science degree. I have to read and review 20 books this quarter. Those reviews have their own dedicated blog at Adventures in YA Books. That’s mainly for my classmates and peers. So I’m doing what any multi-blog blogger would do. Cross posting.

Each post will originate at Adventures in YA Books. I am then going to paste the post here at Nicole’s Life Adventures. Pick a place and read and enjoy!


Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. New York: Speak, a Penguin Putnam imprint. 2003. Paperback.

Growing up is never easy no matter where you come from and no matter the differences, in the end we are all a lot more alike than we believe.

1967: New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book List
1967: Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
1975: Media and Methods Maxi Award
1975: ALA Best Young Adult Books
1979: Massachusetts’s Children’s Book Award
1991: BILBY Award for Older Readers

Image Cover:
The Outsiders

Mini Review:

Star Rating- 5 out of 5 (That’s what I gave it on Goodreads).

The Outsiders is a story about friendship and growing up. Ponyboy Curtis is a 14 year-old “greaser”. He and the rest of his gang are rivals with the “socs”. Throughout the story the greasers and the socs have various scuffles. Until one scuffle changes everyone’s life.  Ponyboy and another greaser Johnny end up on the run.  Even though they return home other events happen that change Ponyboy forever.

I never read The Outsiders in high school. I wished I had, so I could compare my understanding of it now and what I thought then.  I also thought when I first saw rival gangs, I thought West Side Story in non-musical form. The Outsiders is much much more.

The novel deals with social class, violence, gangs, school, and death, S.E. Hinton weaves them all into a compelling story that makes you feel like you’ve been friends with Ponyboy and company for ever.

Videos:  In 1983 Hinton’s novel was made into a movie. Here is the trailer for the movie.


Teen Quotes:  “The Outsiders is the first book I read completely in High School. I love this book.”- Billy, 19.

Cover Image- Goodreads
Awards List- S.E. Hinton’s website
BILBY Award Mention
Movie Trailer- YouTube user Danielle Jonas

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Fresh Is Fierce



I was selected for the #Freshisfierce Vox box from Influenster. I received Carefree Body Shape panty liners to try. This is my honest review of the product. By receiving this product I in no way have to give a positive review.

So now that the legal mumbo jumbo is out of the way, I’ll start by saying, I enjoyed using them. They are comfortable, and they didn’t irritate my skin. These were the regular size. For personal preferences I would like to see a “long” version of these. I also enjoy that they are individually wrapped as you can stick them in your purse and take them on the go.

Overall, great product, would recommend to friends, and I just wish they had a “long” version. (I only glanced at the carefree website, so they may actually already have the “long” version and I just don’t know it.)




Lastly, my only other gripe is seriously Carefree plastered all over the box kind of gives away what you are getting. Influenster on the box I get, but there might have been some people that wanted to be a little more discreet with their mail delivery. :)

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Movie Nights

I need to get back into blogging, and what better way to do that is some photo pics of my tweets of a movie night. I may make this a thing, I might not.

To start, I watched Batman Forever. Reason why, I’ve been on a NCIS: Los Angeles kick recently. So I’ve decided to watch G. Callen himself (Chris O’Donnell) movies. You know, before he became a badass special agent.

I made the hashtag #codmovienight and I tweeted the event. I had fun, and I’m looking to continue it with Batman and Robin.

My photo tweets are listed at the read more link.

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2014 Year in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 550 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Read 4 Review: Swimming to Tokyo

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I received a copy of Brenda St. John Brown’s Swimming to Tokyo from the group Never too old to read Y.A & N.A. books. In turn, I will give an honest review of the book. This post will be cross posted to GoodReads, my blog, and Barnes and Noble’s page for the book.

Overall, I gave the book a solid 3 stars with GoodRead’s star ratings, but personally I’d give it more of a 3.5. Once I started reading, the book I didn’t want to put it down. It was intriguing, and it was refreshing to see how these characters seemed “broken” to themselves, but couldn’t see what others saw of themselves. To me that kind of made the book more realistic.

Zosia and Finn went to the same high school, but she only had a crush on him from afar. He was a loner, she was popular. They haven’t crossed paths until the eve of Zosia leaving for Tokyo for her father’s job. Once they “reconnected” I kind of figured there’d be a lot more to them once they arrived in Tokyo. What started out as a friendship between two similar aged teens, turns into more when they both realize that together they are better than they are alone.

I also enjoyed the research Ms. St. John Brown put into the story. Knowing about the different areas of Tokyo, and the trains kind of made me feel like I was there with Zosia (side note, ever since HBO’s Girl’s became popular, I see the name Zosia and think of Zosia Mamet and I had her face in mind every time I saw the name. Not that it is bad thing. I just kind of like creating an image of a book characters on my own, and not because a name makes me think of someone.)

I also know I would have rated this higher if there had been some better editing. A couple times towards the end of the book, there were some missing words in sentences, and throughout the whole book I noticed missing quotation marks or conversations from two different characters placed on the same line and at times that made it confusing as to: was Zosia saying it or was Finn?

While I breezed through the book, I also thought a lot happened in the last 80 or so pages. The first part of the book wasn’t slow I do think something more could have been added in.

Also this book made me cry. So if the loss of a loved one gets to you, make sure you have tissues handy.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, I would I would tell them that this is a nice quick read. (If this was summertime this is the book I would have been reading on the beach and I don’t think that is a bad thing either, it’s just one of those that you’d want to read while sitting in a beach chair sipping a lovely drink).

Overall, I really enjoyed Zosia and Finn’s story of their summer in Tokyo. They got to experience amazing things in a completely different culture and that summer helped both characters move on from different circumstances in life.

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Clearproof by Mary Kay


(Yes, I know they’ve gotten a makeover, but I can’t find any new badges that say I received this product from Influenster, so you’ve got the old one for now).

Clearproof is a 4 step acne treatment product by Mary Kay. That on the Mary Kay’s website says people have seen clear skin in just 7 days. I’m 2.5 weeks in and I’ve had more breakouts than I normally do with my trusty Clearasil products. I will say I am extremely glad I received this for free because if I would have paid the retail value of $45 I’d be pissed.

The only thing Clearproof has done is make my face slightly less oily. Other than that, I see no difference in my face whatsoever. I was hoping that I would see a difference in my pores and the areas where I break out. In fact, I broke out more with this product than I did without it. I also know that it has said that I can use it more than once a day, but then it dried out portions of my face too much.

Here are my before and 2.5 weeks in pictures. I’m going to keep using this for the full month, but I’m really not holding out hope for any difference.


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2.5 weeks in:
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States I’ve Visited Map

Why, yes, I’m alive and well. I know I need to get back into blogging properly, but maybe over winter break from school, I’ll get to doing that. But I just wanted to update my online map of states I’ve visited, and wanted to stick it here.


visited 28 states (56%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or Amsterdam travel guide for Android


I’m actually quite impressed that I’ve been to a little more than half the states in the US. Now I just need to figure out how to get to the rest and travel the world as well :)

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Optic White from Colgate


I received the Colgate Optic White toothbrush with whitening pen from Influenster to try and give my honest opinion.

Overall: Not a fan. While the concept is a great idea, there were just a few things I didn’t like. First off the toothbrush. It feels awkward in your hands, and even though I received the medium in terms of softness on the bristles, the brush head itself felt a little too wide for comfort, and the bristles really didn’t feel like medium as well. I will say the application process with the pen was super easy and quick, and maybe added a minute or two at the most to my morning routine. So using the Optic White Pen, I was still able to get in and out of the bathroom with adding a lot of time to my routine and messing up my schedule!

Secondly, the Optic White Pen. Application was a breeze, but I didn’t like the consistency of the “gel” (to me was more paste like) and for something that isn’t to be wiped off the paste is pretty thick.

Also I have sensitive teeth and I also have some of the composite fillings on my teeth, so I’m hesitant to use anything on my teeth for whitening because it can erode the dental work I’ve had done.

The last thing I didn’t like, after a couple days use, the tip of my tongue felt tingly. This is the same reaction I had when I used some denture cleaner to clean my retainers. And this is also the reason why I stopped using Optic White after 4 days.  I only have a before picture, but after the time, I noticed a tiny bit of a difference, but not enough to show in an “after” photo.

All the goodies in my VoxBox

Box unopened



If you don’t have a sensitivity to different dental products, and you use it for a longer period of time, I can see Optic White being an OK product to use. I can’t give it a OMG go buy it, just because of my experiences and my reaction. I also know I have a sensitivity to things easier than a lot of people.

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Update, What is this?

I know I’ve been MIA for a couple months.  I haven’t  been motivated too much. But I’ve got some things to blog about like being in a hospital 3000 miles away from home with Kidney stones, during a Doctor Who convention, and I also got a new Vox Box from Influenster as well. Updates are coming slowly but surely. (Also I start graduate school in 2 weeks.)

Lots of things to cover, but it will get posted in due time.

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Book Review: Independent Study

Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss.

Independent Study is the second book in The Testing trilogy from Joelle Charbonneau. I had the ARC for a bit, but I just got around to reading it today. Yep, all 310 pages in one day. Maybe that’s why I waited so long, because I knew once I started I couldn’t stop until I finished reading.

While I liked the first book better, I still thought Independent Study was a solid sequel. It picks up right where The Testing left off, and Cia must now decide who she can trust.  After her Early studies are over she is sorted into one of the studies that will help rebuild the colonies.

As she is in her new field of study after the Induction process, Cia lands an important internship. (If you continue reading there are spoilers. The more link might not work if you click directly on the link.)

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