Posted by : Kinsey Book Reviewer 11.04.2014
Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.
Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written.
Review: Where do you even start with a book like this? I feel in love with The Outsiders in Junior High School. I even currently have a dog that is nicknamed "PonyBoy" (honest). I'm not certain a story like this ever falls to the side. I loved it (and still do) and the teens reading it now enjoy it as well. So, I'm almost willing to bet, those before me liked it too.
It's so well told. The characters are so vivid. It's so emotional. You FEEL everything the author wants you to read.
Now while so many now seem to think the book is about gangs, I don't think it is now, nor was it ever. It's about social circles (those same circles are still very alive today). Growing up we had the "heads" and the "jocks" and the "geeks" and so on. Were they gangs? No. They were the cruel social classes people are labeled with during the school years.
I think The Outsiders gives a very real and clear picture of the effects of peers. Anyone who has not read it - should.