The Outsiders by S.E Hilton. Review by Alyssa Marcum

Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

 

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The ruthlessly realistic and violent story of the Greasers and the Socs, rival gangs from very different sides of the railroad tracks, is narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, a smart, sensitive kid who has grown to become one of the most recognizable figures in the history of young adult literature. Any teen who has ever felt isolated or different can identify with Ponyboy, a kid forced to be tough on the outside, but who underneath is just as scared and needy as anyone. Hinton herself has said that she has never written a character as close to her own self as Ponyboy is. Young Adult fiction was shaped and defined by Susan Eloise Hinton, and the realism she attached to the genre became the norm, enabling later writers like Robert Cormier and Judy Blume to find characters and voices that actually spoke to adolescents. Since 1967, Ponyboy has become the hero for countless teenagers nationwide as The Outsiders stands to influence an entire new legion of adolescents who need Ponyboy as much as ever.

Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents’ death, as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society in which they find themselves “outsiders.”

 

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be apart of a gang? Where you get to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do anything they wanted? In the book the Outsides by S.E Hinton, Pony boy goes through life changing exsperiences. It is a attention grasping book that deals with hard times and hard desision making. The three things that I really enjoyed in this book was the setting, the theme, and the the over all lesson in the book.

The first thing I really enjoyed in this book was the setting. Can you imagine being scared to walk from a movie alone? In a town so bad you have to carry around a knife or some sort of weapond just to keep from getting beat up or keep you away from death? In this book there is a rival gang of Greasers and Socs. The Socs are the more popular, rich kids and the Greasers have long hair slicked back with grease and long sleeved leather jackets. Even today people are put into groups or characterized. You may not be apart of a gang but people are always judging and grouping you. What group are you in? Are you rich, poor, tall, short, young or old?

 

The next thing I really enjoyed about this book was the theme. How would you like to be apart of a gang? In the Outsiders Ponyboy looses his parents and all he has left are his two older brothers and his gang, The Greasers. In the book Ponyboy feels like he doesn’t fit in. He is always scared and doesn’t really love the life he is living. Have you ever felt that way?

 

 

The thing that I thought was the most important was the lesson learned in the book. Have you ever judged someone right when you see them? Have you maybe judged someone by the way their hair looks or maybe by the way they walk? You know you have, EVERYONE has one time or another. It is just what we do. It is called a first impression. Before you even get a chance to talk to someone you form an opinion on how you think they are. In the book there are the Greasers and the Socs that are rival gangs. They are rivals because they judge each other by how they act, look, and what they have before they even get a chance to meet each other. Near the end of the book, after many challanges the gangs realize that no matter where you are from, everyone can see the sunset.

 

Overall this was an excellent book. I would recommend this book to really anyone that wanted to enjoy a good book. I really enjoyed the setting, theme, lesson, and really everything about this book. I really think it would be good to teach or discuss in class because of the lesson in the book. This book was excellent and I think I would say this book would be a five out of five stars. I probably wouldn’t have chose this book on my own, but I’m really glad I got a chance to read it.

 

 

 

 

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