Thursday, November 18, 2010
Review: The Outsiders
-The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
A Rough, Tough Summary:
Sometimes they're called hoods, sometimes greasers. The name changes from place to place, but it doesn't matter--they're the outsiders, the rough, tough, long-haired boys from the "other" side of town, with little hope for fancy cars and clothes and the good things of American life. This is their story as told by Ponyboy, a greaser with good reason to fear the Socs(the more privileged boys) and a witness to the savage baiting that leads to best friend to manslaughter.
But The Outsiders is much more than a story of violence and hatred between greasers and Socs. It is also a story pf loyalty and affection among friends, and the fumbling search by teenagers for personal dignity and a place in the world.
Written when S.E. Hilton was just sixteen years old, this remarkable book has enjoyed unparalleled popularity since its publication.
You know what I would just LOVE? S.E. Hinton wrote this book from the greasers' side of view. Why not try writing a book from the Socs point of view? I mean, Cherry said that their life wasn't as good as it looks. I want to know HOW it's different. How it's tough, like the greasers'. I'm seriously scared of Darry. I mean, he could be a Socs whenever he wanted. But the only thing that held him back was the greasers. That's called family. Family sticks together, loves each other and cares for each other. Now you don't find a good book every day about how a family sticks together in a fight. This is really a one-in-a-million kind of book.
*SPOILERS* I hated it when Johnny died. I almost cried!! How often does that happen?? And then Dally went and killed himself. Well, the police shot him, but still! I don't think he should have gotten himself killed. But I think, that without him killing himself, this book wouldn't have been able to end. *END OF SPOILERS* Can you say classic?
(P.S. In this case, classic means a book which people praise AND read.)
Want another rough, tough book to read? Try That Was Then, This Is Now, by S.E. Hinton.