Book review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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Author: S.E. Hinton

Publication Date: November 1, 1997 (first published 1967)

Publisher: Speak

Pages: 180 pp.

Format: Mass Market Paper Back

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In Ponyboy’s world, there are two types of people. There are the Socs, the rich society kids who get away with anything. Then there are the greasers, like Ponyboy, who aren’t so lucky. Ponyboy has a few things he can count on: his older brothers, his friends, and trouble with the Socs, whose idea of a good time is beating up greasers. At least he knows what to expect until the night things go too far.

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My thoughts

‘Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the sights you want to see.’

I became intrigued by this book when it was told by Ethan Holt that it is one of his favorite books on the Bad Romeo series by Leisa Rayven. I don’t know why it magnetized me to include it in my to be read books.

Fortunately, I was able to find a copy of this book in some big book sale. And, I immediately grab and read this.

For the few chapters, I fell in love with how the characters described. Ponyboy and his group were called ‘Greasers’ by the Socs, or the Socials. They were involved in fights, gambling, and even stealing from someone else’s property. Even when they live like that, Ponyboy together with his brothers Sodapop and Darry still live a normal life. Ponyboy attended in school and his been ranked as one of the smartest in their class. But, the unexpected happened that eventually would change their lives and their viewpoints towards life.

I rated it 3.5 stars not because it wasn’t good, but because there was something lack off. But, I still saw the importance of the story – to know that teenagers are not easy to read as like they were babies. They have their own complexities like adults, and they must give full attention and proper understanding.

For the characters; they seem plain to me, especially Ponyboy. Being the narrator of the story, it appears lack of details and depth. Though I understand that S.E. Hinton really nailed that the narrator really speaks like a 14-year-old.

I almost rate it 3 stars, if only S.E. Hinton didn’t give some beautiful messages in her interview at the end of the book.

All in all, it was still a good read and a good classic!

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