The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     Though I usually prefer science fiction and fantasy, reading The Outsiders was a phenomenal experience. The story line is good, but what sparked my interest is how S. E. Hinton, who was 16 at the time she created this, writes. Everything flows smoothly, and with so much detail. You get to know the characters so well it’s hard to believe the story just covers one week of their lives. This book is extremely hard to put down.

The Outsiders is about a gang of “greasers,” or underprivileged teenagers, living on the east side of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They are constantly under attack from the rich west-side Socs, and have parties and rumbles all the time. The narrator, the orphan Ponyboy Curtis, pretty much knows what to expect from his day - school, track, homework, football at the lot - until one of his friends takes the greaser-Soc battle too far.

From that point, Ponyboy can barely keep track of what is happening. He goes from hopping a train to escape a crime scene to being in the newspaper as a juvenile delinquent hero. Everything seems to move too fast to handle. To find out the whole story, read the book!

If you like symbolism, this novel has plenty, but the main one is to “stay gold.” The book has a strong message of staying young and innocent. It teaches us not to create a shell to block emotions and the importance of friendship. This is one book you definitely will not want to skip.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 1:08 pm
i love this !
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hihi said...
Feb. 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm
I know this is a bit random but I think Dallas is a lot like snape from harry potter. 1. like snape, he had only one person he loved which was Johnny, and snape only loved lily. 2. both characters are misunderstood "heros" 3.they both have sureptitious personalities
LillianAB said...
Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:14 pm
I love the Outsiders!!!
Tarah18 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm
This book was absolutely amazing! I read it in the 7th grade and we had to re-write the ending for an assignment.
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Feb. 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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LarryO replied...
Mar. 9, 2015 at 6:40 pm
incredibly random. possibly better to try adding to comments on a book related to your topic needs? I have always been fascinated with the concept of the Hitler Youth being used as a form of control of the German Population- Children were brainwashed (as members of the Hitler Youth) and would 'report' adults who spoke negatively about Hitler resulting in a population afraid the the ears had walls so to speak. Just a thought.
Call_Me_Aria This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm
I read this book and I loved it! Thanks for writing a review!
C.J. said...
Oct. 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm
I read this book in seventh grade and that is the only book that touched me.
ChobaniLuvinPenguin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Michael, great review! It's unique and to the point. You touch upon all the important aspects of the book, and your opinions are clearly presented. It also flows very well. :)
benie replied...
Oct. 14, 2015 at 10:21 am
This poem has been around for a long time the original version is better
sexy mama said...
Oct. 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm
this book is one of the best thing i acuelly ever read good job to who ever made this book much love  
killem 87 replied...
Mar. 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm
true true yall be welcome lol
I.R.B said...
Sept. 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm
The outsiders is one of my all time favorites! So much symbolism, and from someone that was 16 when she wrote it! I think Johnny Cade, is one of the greatest characters I have read about. The symbolism that he is the "Jesus Christ" character is fasinating. His innitials being J.C, how he sacrifices himself in the church to save the innocent, and references such as "You kids must be from heaven." SUCH A GOOD READ! 
Klammyt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 9, 2012 at 12:14 am
Shmelmo said...
Feb. 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm
I read this book in 8th grade for a school report and I loved it! We watched the movie, which was also really good.
GirlIDontKnow said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm
I loved "The Outsiders"! :) It was my favorite to read in seventh grade! Cherry Valence, Ponyboy Curtis, and so many other characters were just really well-developed. S.E. Hinton is an awesome author. And she was only 16?! Even more awesome/amazing! I really need to reread this novel again and relive the imagination/story! :) Great review!
holyblondecheerleaderbatman said...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm
i love this book i watched the movie and loved it even more so.... ya i was bored one day and me and my friends made an outsiders movie... it sucked O.o lol
poetrykid702 said...
Dec. 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm
I looooved that book, I'm naming my kid Dallas.
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