The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect–until the night someone takes things too far.
Do you know how it feels to be orphaned at fourteen? In the book the Outsiders you will read a story about Ponboy, a boy who is an orphan at fourteen. In this teen fiction novel a boy was caught up in some serious trouble. All he had was his friends and brothers. This novel teaches a great lesson. The characteristics were fabulous! Also, the theme was extraordinary. Overall this book is a great read.
I thought the novel The Outsiders teach a great lesson for teens of all ages to read about. When reading this phenomenal book you will realized that judging someone just by the way they look is a huge mistake. Ponyboy in a part of a gang called “The Greasers” (guys who look extremely tough with amazing hair.) In reality Ponyboy was just a nerd who was in the gang to look cool and seem great to his brothers. Just at the age of fourteen Ponyboy realized judging people just isn’t the thing to do. Also, in this novel it teaches you to have faith is siblings and friends. Especially, if that’s the only thing you have left. Lastly, you will find in this novel the Greasers have a slight rivalry with the “Socs”. Just like in todays society you will see social classes not getting along in any way. You will have to see Ponyboy fight through life with this rivalry. Overall they were great lessons in the novel.
Who likes to imagine what is happening in their books? I sure do. S.E. Hinton done a great job in portraying the characters and events in her book. It feels like you can just see the grease in the “Greasers” hair. She added fantastic details that makes the novel so lively. In your mind you could just imagine EVERY detail. When Johnny killed one of the Socs it was like you there at the time it happened. In this novel your imagination could run wicked with the details. I felt like when the church started crumbling I should’ve took cover from the falling wood. The details grabbed every little thing that happened and made everything so much better!
The theme was what really made the book. Throwing the idea of that violence, judging, and social class tension was icing on the cake for me. S.E. Hinton didn’t sugar coat anything in her book. Everything fell perfectly in place. The theme showed that there was conflict between the poor and the rich. In todays society the same thing happens every day. I believe the book will always be a perfect choice for a class reading and dicussion because it has topics that will always be an issue in todays society.
I honestly enjoyed this novel. Teens every where could easily relate to everything that was stated in this teen fiction story. Like I said previously, everything fell perfectly into place through this book. I recommend this book is used often for class reads and class discussions. It teaches a great lesson, characteristics, and awesome details. S.E. Hinton done a lovely job!