Book Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Synopsis (from Amazon.com): No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he’s got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs—a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up on “greasers” like him and his friends—he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy’s world is turned upside down…

Age: 12 or 13

My thoughts (positive elements): This was hands-down, one of the best books I’ve ever read. The characters were real and heartbreaking. As a middle class white girl, it offered to me a different perspective from a world I’ve been fortunate not to experience. The horrors that these poor boys went through made me weep. Every single one of the boys in the gang (except Steve–I didn’t like him much) made me laugh and cry and ac he.

My thoughts (negative elements): I have no complaints about this book. The movie, on the other hand, is only slightly above the Percy Jackson movies, but that’s a whole other topic…

Rating: 5/5

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1 Comment

Filed under Ages 13-15, Ages 15+, Books I Loved, Contemporary

One response to “Book Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  1. Jennifer

    One of my favorite books! Thanks for reviewing it.

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