The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (1967)
Review by Stephanie- Grade 12
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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Rating: 10 out of 10
A classic coming of age story, "The Outsiders" is told from the perspective of 14-year-old Ponyboy Curtis who lives with his two older brothers, Darry and Sodapop. The three boys are part of a gang known as the Greasers who face many conflicts with a rival gang known as the Socs. The Greasers become a second family to Ponyboy and his brothers, who became orphaned after the death of their parents.
After a series of crazy events following an altercation, the boys face a number of issues and conflicts that lead to tragedy for the gang. The novel takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the 1960s and is an emotional page-turner about family and friendship.
I absolutely loved this book and its characters. The plot presents many difficult and complex conflicts that the boys have to encounter throughout the story. I love how the novel presents themes of family and friendship as well as showing how close-knit and supportive the Greasers are with each other. The book highlights an important message that your "family" doesn't necessarily have to be those who are your blood relatives, but those who are always there for you and will do anything to help you. The novel evokes such a wide range of emotions and the first person perspective makes you feel like you are a part of the action, experiencing each moment alongside Ponyboy and the other characters. Overall, the novel tells an incredible coming of age story that beautifully displays the growth and development of each character, as well as illustrating their complexities and inner conflicts that shape who they are.
This book is for teenagers or young adults. If you enjoy coming of age novels, drama, and emotional stories, then you should definitely read this book.