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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Book Review
Review by Sophia
“The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton is a great book about friendship,
loyalty and family. The story starts off with Ponyboy Curtis walking
home from a movie alone. Then, out of nowhere emerges a group of
rival gang members, the Socs. The Socs immediately threaten and
beat up Ponyboy. In the town where Ponyboy lives, it is divided into
two groups and they do NOT like each other. Ponyboy and his friends
are called Greasers, kids who are from poor families. Socs, on the
other hand, are the rich kids in town.
!Minor spoiler! One of the most important parts of the book that
includes friendship, is when Ponyboy and Johnny are saving a group
of little kids from a burning building. Since they were believed to be
the cause of the fire, they quickly took responsibility together and
rushed to the kids. They heroically charged into the building to save
them from any harm and worked together to pull them out. Not only
did they ensure the kids would leave unharmed, they also looked out
for each other to make sure the other one was okay. This was very
important towards the plot and holds a great scene of bravery and
One of the friendships that is highlighted in this book is the
relationship between Ponyboy and his friend Johnny. Ponyboy and
Johnny’s friendship is unbreakable. It is tested many times throughout
this book. In fact, there probably isn’t anything powerful enough in the
world to break it. You will see that they do everything together, even
running away together and sacrificing things to save them from an
abusive household. Ponyboy and Johnny are more like brothers than
friends. The message of this book is that although you cannot choose
your family, you can choose your friends and your friends can
sometimes be closer to you than your own family. Sometimes, friends
are the only family we have.
Another fascinating friendship in this book is between Cherry and
Ponyboy. Even though the two of them belong to different
socioeconomic classes, they become fast friends and realize they
have more in common than differences. For example, they both enjoy
watching sunsets. No one else understands them like they do. It
taught me that anyone can be friends if they can find common ground.
Dally and Johnny’s friendship is an example of brotherly love.
Dally has been jaded by his time in jail but he always protected
Johnny and made sure Johnny stayed out of trouble. You will see that
he cared for Johnny deeply and that he will do anything to save him.
Overall, I would rate this book earned a 9/10. The reason why it’s
not a 10/10 is because I felt that some parts were a bit unnecessary or
long. I would recommend this book to kids 12 years and older
because it contains violence and death which may not be appropriate
for younger children. I hope that I convinced you to read this wonderful
Check out The Outsiders from the Newport Beach Public Library!