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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Nick5 said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm
the "stay gold" poem that Ponyboy recite is actually really dark. it explains that no matter how hard you try everything will die. very good book and good writing on your part too.
Mac Miller said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm

i like this book


Me/Myself/And/I said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm
I read this book for battle of the books. Now I've watched the movie hundreds of times and become obsessed with The Outsiders
Lamb97 said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Nature's first green is gold, 
Her hardest hue to hold. 
Her early leaf's a flower; 
But only so an hour. 
Then leaf subsides to leaf. 
So Eden sank to grief, 
So dawn goes down to day. 
Nothing gold can stay.

-Robert Frost 

Cheeseburger said...
Oct. 14, 2011 at 10:57 am
I liked this book when I read it. Nice review.
hbp1994 said...
Oct. 3, 2011 at 8:43 am
best book in the world! 
jessica said...
May 12, 2011 at 9:46 am
haha this book is cool
Becca17 said...
Mar. 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Great book! Amazing how the author was only 16 years old. It just gives all of us young writers great motivation today. 
hbp1994 replied...
Oct. 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

i agree young writers inspired me to become a writer myself i do editorial journalism...


. said...
Mar. 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm
I loved this book and also found it devastating, i really like Johnny, good reveiw, i would suggest reading That was Then This is Now, another one her wonderful books
shelbyyyyyy said...
Jan. 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm
this was exatctly what i thought
bibo-bobbos said...
Jan. 14, 2011 at 4:01 am
this is a very good review it helped me a lot in my book review and the story is very nice but with the most dramatic and tragically ending 
Quinney-Bear said...
Dec. 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm
i had to read this book for school some people thought it was boring but i thought it was a nice cyhange from the other pooks we had to read in class
htrae22 said...
Dec. 5, 2010 at 6:55 am
i loved this book i could not believe a girl wrote it she is an amazing author i hope she writes more
lszyman96 said...
Oct. 25, 2010 at 7:58 pm
this book was just absolutely amazing
yetunknown said...
Oct. 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm
yeah i agree with carmel94. This is one of my fav's.I was shocked a teenage  girl wrote it too,amazing.
Nick1 said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm
The book is really good. we read it in class and I still enjoy it. I read the book 3 times and i'm still interested in it.
Carmel94 said...
Sept. 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm
i loved this book and to find out an girl who was 14 or 16 at the time written it amazed me
Lamb97 replied...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm
S.E Hinton was 16.
Danielerr_Kidd said...
Sept. 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm
this sory keeps you thinking, it was amazing to read, in 8th grade. i enjoyed it very much.. i would recommend this book to anyine who is looking for a good book to read
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