The Outsiders book review

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The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is told in the voice of a character named Ponyboy. He lives with his two brothers, Sodapop and Darry, because his parents recently died in a car accident. There is a major rivalry between two groups: the Greasers and the Socs (pronounced “soshes”). Ponyboy and his group are part of the Greasers. The rest of his gang includes Sodapop, Darry, Two-Bit, Dally, Johnny, and Steve.

The first few chapters of the book drag on, but once you get to chapter four, the book starts to finally get interesting. One night, Ponyboy and Johnny get attacked. From this moment on, the plot thickens and gets interesting. There is a final rumble to settle the on-going rivalry between the Greasers and the Socs. By the end of the book, three of the main characters die.

Ponyboy finally returns to school, and discovers he is failing English. His teacher, Mr. Syme, says he will pass him if he writes a decent theme. Ponyboy decides to write his assignment about recent events, beginning his essay with the opening line of the novel: “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home…”

The Greasers become anti-heroes. They come from the wrong side of the class divide, and several of the members have had run-ins with the laws, but they are hard-working and remain loyal to one another throughout the book. I really recommend this book because it teaches a valuable lesson. This book makes the reader see that at the end of the day, as Ponyboy would say, “we see the same sunset, and that while we are the ones who create divides between ourselves, we can also be the ones to challenge them.”

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