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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dustybrowneyes said...
Sept. 2, 2010 at 1:28 am
loved it read it 4 school last year and saw the movie. 1 word                     I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E
ThisBreRulezYouSonnn said...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 6:45 am

GREAT book. I was in my Life Skills class and I found it nearby when I was sitting and waiting for class to start... so I decided to borrow it. I read it, and I was SO. HAPPY.

The characters were interesting and lively, the plot was a PLOT, it was spontaneous and thrilling, and it taught me rare, valuable morals that more books should possess.

And Ponyboy is a very good kid--he's got a very good head on his shoulders, he's smart, he's got emotion, and he means well, despite bein... (more »)

Nick1 replied...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm
Im with you this book was very inspiring and was very well written.
jezzyc said...
Aug. 13, 2010 at 1:21 am

"stay gold Ponyboy... stay gold"

I don't think I've ever been so touched by a book before. I think I've read it maybe...30 times. I just keep goijng back for more <3

sabortooth1 said...
Jul. 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Please read the book review of The Kite Runner (search it). Really Inspiring!
twilight_teen14 said...
Jun. 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm
The Outsiders is my favorite booK OF ALL TIME! I loved it! "Stay Gold!"
shortsnort9 said...
May 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm
this book is one of my favourite of all time. i dont know how i survived in the world without it.
sad_toaster_made_of_glass said...
Apr. 29, 2010 at 8:07 am
That book was amazing! So glad that I was forced to read it! :)  Good Work on the review.
wolfie17 said...
Apr. 27, 2010 at 7:27 am
I was never made to read any of her books. I read them on my own and love all of them. I'm writing a report on her and her writing style. I'm in 11th grade and hope to become an author myself.
Chilie5678 replied...
Apr. 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm
I've read the book five times and had've LOVED it sice the first. I'm also trying to write a book
wolfie17 replied...
May 10, 2010 at 6:19 am
What is your book about
Chilie5678 replied...
May 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm
a girl who dreams come to the real world
Horsewriterlol This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm
I ve read this book over 13 times! I stil cant put it down. Every thing flows and its even got some horsey peices in it. Out of all her books, this one was my favorite. Its the best book you ll ever read.
leader said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 11:21 am
It's a classic for a reason!
Stina said...
Jan. 1, 2010 at 5:49 am
The Outsiders is one of my favourite books! Like you said the author draws you in and explains in such wonderful detail all the characters that it almost felt real. S.E.Hinton is a great inspiration for young writers since she was just 16 when she wrote the book!
Sallymae said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm
The Outsiders is an amazing book!! I love how, even though it was written before our time, we can relate to it. No I don't live in a neighborhood that's like that, but how they feel and how their life goes it just like any teenage kid! Anyone who has not read this book really needs to read it!! It's the best book you'll ver read!! You should read all S.E. Hinton's books! She incredible!!!
PurpleMidnight said...
Dec. 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm
This book was amazing! We did a mock trial when Johnny was accused of...well I don't want to ruin the book, but I was defending Johnny and I lost unfortunetly. Lol, now Johnny has 10 years in prison. Anyway, it was a tremedous book! Great review.
Kaylee replied...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm
10 years of jail beats what really happened to him... lol.
spontaneous09 said...
Nov. 26, 2009 at 12:37 am
I absolutely ador this book! It was written in older times but it relates to everyone in the present.Though I don't live in a neighborhood quite like that I recognized the emotions of the characters. They're emotions that many of us experience as teenagers. It is amazingly written.
And, I didn't know she was 16 when she wrote this. Man, I need to write a book!
moondrop03 said...
Nov. 25, 2009 at 10:57 am
i was said at the end of The Outsider!!!!
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