Some of Tim’s Stories by S.E. Hinton
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Diversion Books
Target audience: Adult / mature young adult
Keywords: growing up, cousins, romance, friendship, writing
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!)
Summary: A series of short stories written by a bartender about the relationship and differences between two cousins who grew up like brothers. (The book also includes a very detailed interview with author S.E. Hinton.)
Did you know that S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders has the reputation for being one of the first YA books released? And that S.E. Hinton was only 16 years old when she was first published?
Neither did I. Or I did and I forgot. The Outsiders was a huge part of my 8th grade literature class; I remember having to recite a passage in front of the room for one assignment. It’s always been one of my favorite classic reads, which is why I was inspired to take a peek at Some of Tim’s Stories.
It was very refreshing to switch up my reading with a collection of short stories. Hinton’s talents are so evident here because in a few pages she can make you feel so much, and make you feel connected to these characters. As the reader, we are privy to the secret stories that Tim has written about two cousins who grew up so close… it was like they were brothers. Despite their connection, each boy takes a different path in life and we get to see snippets of who they are now, reeling from the pressures of growing up into adults.
For fans of Hinton or those super interested in the writing process, the book wraps up with a detailed interview of the author. She talks in depth about writing The Outsiders, the aftermath of her success, the pressures to continue writing, and even her experience working on the movie. I’m always interested in reading about someone’s craft so it was nice to have the opportunity to know a little bit more about this mysterious figure. Plus, she digs a bit further regarding the stories we just read and it’s super interesting to hear how they came to life.
I really enjoyed reading Some of Tim’s Stories and kept thinking that I needed to read The Outsiders again. It’s time to say hello to an old friend for sure.