The Outsiders Book Review

231804Title: The Outsiders

Author: S.E Hinton

Blurb: 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.

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Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold

 

  • CaptureRealistic – The Outsiders is about a town where the people are divided; greasers, and Socs. Ponyboy, and his group of friends, or “gang” are greasers. Greasers are the poor, hoodlums of the town, and Soc’s are the rich kids. The world is divided to Ponyboy, but he doesn’t like to think that way. He’s considered “soft”, but he doesn’t want to be. The way S.E Hinton touched the whole clique was actually really good. It wasn’t like, high school movies, where we have the popular girls going afainst the nerdy/geeks. The realism in this novel was wonderful. 
  • Feels – OMG, S.E HINTON WILL RIP YOU APART, FIX YOU UP AGAIN, AND THEN RIP YOU APART AGAIN!!! The book gives a whole new definition to feeling, and emotions. Seriously, they talk about it in the book. 
  • SO MUCH THEMES!! – I could write about 10 different essays, on the different ways too interpret this novel. It brings up so much different themes such as “things are rough all over”, “stay gold”, and being an outsider in general. You could take this book to whole different levels. And what I found amazing is that, S.E Hinton wrote this when she was only fifteen. 

Problems

  • Lengthy – This book was pretty short – only 180 pages -, but it seemed to take forever. The story dragged on, and on. I felt like there was no specific “plot”. It was just a series of events.  

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Ponyboy Curtis – Ponyboy was our main character, who narrated the whole story. If I were to rate him I would give him, a 3.5, because he was so dense. I felt really frustrated with him more than one time. He’s 14 years old, and he acts like a little kid. I feel like S.E Hinton could’ve done more of a better job with Ponyboy. But then she did write this as 15.

Some good aspects to Ponyboy, is his innocence (stay gold), and his loyalty to his friends. They might it call it soft, but I thing it was something to admire.

Johnny – Johnnycakes-Cade – OMGASDBH FGRT5VVGBRT5G. I really loved Johnny. And I feel like that he was more than “just the kicked puppy”. He had the special, rough down innocence that the rest of the gang just couldn’t achieve.

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The writing style was very rocky, and unevened pacing. The dying scenes were horrible!

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