The Outsiders

// December 30th, 2014 // Book Reviews

Title: The Outsiders

Author: 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.

My Book Review:

I bet you’ve heard the expression, “an oldie but a goodie.” This amazing book defines that. It tells the story of a “gang” of poor people, or Greasers, and their hardships in society and against the Socs. The Socs are the rich kids. It tells the adventure of Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally, three Greasers who become heroes on their adventure involving burning buildings, murder, and suicide. This sad, interesting, beautifully written story is captivating as you turn its pages.

One of the many things I love about this story is the perspective. This story is from the point of view of a poor teenager, Ponyboy, and his struggle and sadness. This means that the language in the story is different, more gang-like. But even though he is in a gang, he is not a typical gang member. He cares about his education, he enjoys reading, and he hates suffering, but is willing to fight the rich kids for his friends. Also, he is basically forced to be in the gang since his older brothers are in the gang, and that is his only family.

Friendship is golden. That is one of the many positive messages this book sends. It is great for pre-teens because it sends very positive messages to kids that age. Parents be warned, cigarettes and alcohol are in the story, quite a bit actually, so that is one of the negative messages, but if you tell your children the dangers, I’m sure they will be fine.

Overall, this book was great. It is really captivating, and you just wanted to read on. This book is definitely recommended to older middle schoolers, but is also good for older kids and even adults. I would rate it 9 out of 10 stars. So, as always, happy reading!

One Response to “The Outsiders”

  1. Mrs. Fromowitz says:

    I loved your review Harrison! Not only do we share similar sentiments about the story but I agree that this book appeals to a wide audience. It’s a classic in my book.

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