What the gang taught me...
Darry: He taught me that it’s okay to be serious when you need to be, and that it’s okay to grow up and be mature as long as you don’t take the things in your life for granted.
Sodapop: He taught me how to live. I’ve been an absolute mess, I’ve gone through so many hard things and he taught me that all these bad things don’t define you. He taught me how to laugh and that sometimes the happiest people are actually the saddest.
Ponyboy: I’m sure everyone got this lesson, but he taught me to appreciate the little things. He also taught me that there is beauty everywhere, and love in places that you never really expected.
Steve:To stick by your buddies and be there when they need you, and in return they’ll have your back too.
Two-Bit: To keep that bit of innocence in me, to keep laughing and joking and not to take everything too seriously… he also taught me that loyalty is everything and that it’s okay to have beer for breakfast sometimes. (or in my case, an extremely big glass of wine)
Johnny: This greaser inadvertently taught me that innocence doesn’t stay. It does get taken away from you, but, that you should live your life in the fullest way possible. Leave your neighbourhood, explore, spread your wings, because your life can be taken away from you before you can blink.
Dally: I can thoroughly understand Dally and all his flaws, he is the character that reminds me a lot of myself… he taught me that it is okay to be tough and to pretend like nothing can hurt you, but in saying that, he also taught me that it’s okay if I can’t be that way. He taught me that at the end of the day, it’s best to be open with your feelings instead of keeping them locked up inside of you.
The main lesson I learnt from this book was that it’s okay not to “stay gold”, because eventually we all grow up. We all go through obstacle’s that mold us into entirely different people. But also “staying gold” doesn’t always mean staying innocent or pure.