The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Saturday, September 19, 2009 |

Title: The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
Publisher: Speak (November 1, 1997)
Pages: 192 pages
Reading Level: Young Adult

According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

The Outsiders is a great read. At first, this book looked totally corny. I really don't like the cover of this book, but I thought I'd give it a try. The start of the book was very slow and things didn't settle so well. I hated the start because I think that the author spent a whole lot of time introducing all the characters while I thought that she should have just moved on and start on with the main events. Although, I could connect to the book because this book is kind of like the movie, West Side Story, it's a very old movie. It's kind of the same because there are the Socs and the Greasers, exactly like West Side Story, there were the Sharks and some other kind of group.

As I got in the middle, thing's started to get tense and there was more juice coming out from the book. There were a lot of things that happened, which were not the best that could happen. Ponyboy encountered a lot of problems, as well as his friends and brothers. I adored the braveness of everyone in the story. Especially, Darry, he is the bravest person. He was the most charismatic person, he had that "star quality,"exactly why he was my favorite character. I think that the author developed Darry the best. Everyone would depend on the problems they encountered.

Overall, S. E. Hinton delievers a great hereoic story about friendship. I recommend this to everyone who likes a fast read, and you will be impressed.

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Becky said...

Thanks for the interesting review. I know this is a modern classic but I haven't read it and to my knowledge no one has ever borrowed it from the library I run. I think I might try to give it a spotlight now.

Anonymous said...

The Outsiders is anything but a "light read." People are going to define what a "light read" is differently, but this novel certainly cannot be classified as such. A light read is something like Twilight. There is so much going on in The Outsiders that it needs to be read several times in order to fully comprehend it all.

I am glad you enjoyed it, but I encourage you to read it again. Like I said, there is so much going on in the novel that it definitely needs to be read more than once. Plus, Hinton's writing is fabulous. The Outsiders is my all-time favorite novel; everything about it is perfect.

Sorry about my rant; I'm just really passionate about this novel.

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