Addresses Issues/Diverse · Contemporary · for everyone · Kenzie's Korner · YA

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

outsidersAccording 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.

Source:  borrowed from library

Overall Thoughts:

This book is definitely a great book! It’s theme is such a great lesson. It should be read by teens. The theme is portrayed through the life of Ponyboy. He is in a gang called the Greasers. The way they are described in the way they dress and things they say remind me of one of my all time favorite movies Grease. Ponyboy lost his mom and dad and is now being raised by his two brothers, Sodapop and Darry.  They are two loving brothers that want their brother to have things they didn’t have growing up. Yes they do get in fights and might get mixed up in some crazy things, such as a few run ins with the police. One major event lands a few of the characters in the hospital and one fighting for his life.  It is a crazy story of true friends sticking together through thick and thin. It shows you what true friendships look like. This story has so many lessons that me as a teen can learn. I absolutely LOVED this book.  It was the type of book you just can’t put down. The characters have great personalities behind everyone. What girl doesn’t love a bad boy?:)

       “Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.”

To find out the big meaning of this you would have to read this truly amazing story.


3 thoughts on “The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  1. Great review, Kenzie! My daughter just read this for school and then we watched the movie together. Her and her friends love the book- glad to hear it holds up so well. Stay gold 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you loved this book. I hope you see the movie as well; it has some of the biggest actors from the ’80s and ’90s (and even today). Also, if you read “Fangirl,” “The Outsiders” features prominently in a chapter. Great review!

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