Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton | Book Review

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Reading Group: Middle School+

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: A heroic story of friendship and belonging

No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs—a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up on "greasers" like him and his friends—he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy's world is turned upside down...

Written over forty-five years ago, The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction. S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was first published.

Cover: The cover of this novel shows a greaser, probably Ponyboy.  His head is bowed so you you can see his hair, which is something the greasers take very seriously. 

My Review: This book is a timeless classic.  That's why you read it in middle school, but you can still appreciate it when you reread it your freshman year of college.  It's a book about what it means to be a part of something that nobody else seems to understand.  Greasers are the kids from "the wrong side of the tracks" but they're just kids.  They're one big family because they're the only ones who truly understand each other.  Life isn't always good and it's important to have people cheering for you from time to time.  This book covers family, friends, loss, and what it means to be a kid living in a situation that isn't ideal.  Ponyboy loves his brothers, but they can't replace his parents.  He's also the odd duck with the rest of the greasers because he enjoys things that they don't, like sunsets and school.  He spends his life trying to please everyone around him, and it's simply impossible.  Hinton is able to write about a group of boys who would do anything for each other.  A group of friends anyone would kill for.  And he's able to write about it in such an honest way because he lived it, so if you have a few hours to spare I highly recommend you read (or reread) this book.      

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