Book: The Outsiders

Author: S. E. Hinton

Rating: 3.5/5

The Outsiders-S. E. Hinton

Darry took control and responsibility for his younger brothers Sodapop and Ponyboy after their parents died. Ponyboy and Two-bit meet two “Soc” girls at a movie, when Two-bit and Ponyboy walk back with the girls to Two-bits house, they make an encounter with Bob and Randy, the girls’ boyfriends. Later, Ponyboy and Dally go to check on Johnny. They end up finding out that he is dying. Dally ends up robbing a grocery store a few days later. He calls Ponyboy and a few others to help him. Dally then makes a life changing choice. Ponyboy, passes out in shock, after a lot of tension at home. Ponyboy starts to slip, his attitude, his grades, and his relationships. He starts to not only lose everything he has, he starts to lose himself. This creates a very interesting ending.

Social/Historical context:

Ponyboy Curtis is part of the lower-class, in a group called the “Greasers”. He lives in Oklahoma with his brothers. The upper class group called “The Socs”, are the rivals to the Greasers. This part of Oklahoma is strictly divided, the Greasers wear leather jackets and jeans, with long greased hair. The Socs dress in button up shirts and have fancy hair-do's. The Greasers and Socs each have a side of the railroad tracks, and they know not to cross it.

Writing Style:

I really enjoyed the plotline of this book, except the beginning is hard to follow. The characters were developed well and I could imagine their emotions and feelings. There was a lot of scenes that developed into more than I expected, the detail of the characters was very in-depth. The writing was often long and pulled out, this occasionally made the writing feel strange.

My Thoughts:

The book was engaging, yet I did not find the writing style appealing as I explained above. This book had a great plot, if the storyline was a bit more fast paced it would have achieved a higher score. Ponyboy, the main character, was in a hard situation and this book demonstrated his struggles incredibly well. I felt very close to the characters, and months after I read the book I still remember the characters in great detail. The characters meshed together very well, and that is one of the peaks of the book. This novel had good detail, but I did not like the writing style. That is why I gave this book a 3.5/5.

Book Reviewed By Grant Newell-Madu

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