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Aila's Review of "The Outsiders" by S. E. Hinton

Review by Aila

October 7, 2021

The Outsiders Hinton

4 stars of 5

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Are you a young adult reader looking to get into the classics? Do you like the Sharks vs. the Jets theme in West Side Story? Or do you just love to read in general? Either way, this is the book for you! 

S.E. Hinton's debut novel, The Outsiders, is a coming-of-age novel in first-person perspective from the view of the main character, Ponyboy Curtis. After both of his parents were killed in an automobile crash less than a year before this story takes place, Ponyboy is living with his two older brothers, Sodapop and Darry. Ponyboy is a member of the lower socio-economic group nicknamed the “Greasers,” for their greased-back hair. One night, after a major incident with the Greasers rival group, the “Socs,” short for socials (the West-side rich kids), Ponyboy and one of his closest companions, Johnny, are on the run. 

During his time away from home, Ponyboy grows in character and learns many lessons along the way, grasping the idea that everyone makes mistakes. It's what you do about them that matters. Do you learn and grow from those mistakes or dwell on them and stay in the past? 

The Outsiders is a fantastic piece of literature that will keep you thinking for months after finishing.

Tags: book review Coming of Age Ponyboy S. E. Hinton The Outsiders Classic Literature

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