The Outsiders by S.E Hinton Reviewed by Jocelyn Cabauatan

The Outsiders by S.E Hinton


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.

Are you a prep , jock , greaser , or soc? Which group do you fall into? The novel The Outsiders by S.E Hinton demonstrates the two differences between the poor group the Greasers and the rich group the Socs. Ponyboy (a member of the Greasers) and his friend Johnny get into a tremendous amount of trouble for something they didn’t even mean to do. This novel tells a story about the greasers and the socs through the worst and best times. While I thoroughly enjoyed the novel I most enjoyed the adventure , the tremendous heart break , and the overall story it told.

I enjoyed the amazing adventure Ponyboy and Johnny had to go on when Johnny killed one of the Socs for jumping him. They had me on the edge of my seat wondering where they were going and what they were going to do to survive. Since they had to leave town Dallas (another member of the Greasers) gave them fifty dollars to survive on. Dallas also gave them directions to a church that they could hide in until he got there. But the church later on caught on fire while they were away but then they had to go back in because some little children were in the church and they wanted to save them.

Secondly, I enjoyed reading about the tremendous heart break between the greasers and the terrible death between Johnny and Dallas. Johnny died when the church caught on fire and he went back in to get the children, he was rushed to a hospital but his injuries were just to serious. Dallas died from pulling a unloaded gun on the police and the police shot him when he did that because he robbed a grocery store. These two deaths brought the greasers together as a family as if they already weren’t like family but this just brought them closer. Everyone was extremely depressed.

Thirdly I enjoyed the overall story a lot. The story about Ponyboy and the Greasers was very sad but they were very, very tough. The story in the beginning about Ponyboy was the same in the end because it was mostly about Ponyboy reflecting his life before and after Johnny, and Dallas’s deaths. I enjoyed reading about how the Greasers survived with the Socs always jumping and threatening them. It was a very amazing story that I couldn’t just stop reading.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel very well. I would recommend this book to anyone that’s looking for something different to read compared to other books. I would also recommend this novel to anyone that likes controversy between groups and people. It’s novel that anyone would love and could easily get attached to. This book is packed with a very giant adventure, tremendous heartbreak, and an amazing story to follow! S.E Hinton had definitely written a very amazing and different novel.




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