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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Review by Connor
The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton, depicts the gruesome rivalry between two rival gangs.
These are the Greasers and the Socs. The Socs are the gang of rich kids from the West side,
and are the gang of poor hoodlums for the East Side. The Socs enjoy jumping or attacking
Greasers and always get away with it. In this story, the Socs are viewed as good, well-behaved
children, and the Greasers are viewed as hoodlums who enjoy committing crimes. However, this is not accurate because society is biased against Greasers. Most Greasers are better people than Socs. This story explains the conflict between these two gangs from the perspective of Ponyboy, a member of the Greasers.
This novel had many exciting factors, but the most interesting was the dispute between
the Greasers and Socs. It was always so intriguing to see what one gang would do to another
gang. In addition, It was also fascinating to see what one gang was going to do in response to
being attacked. For example, Johnny, a member of the Greasers, was brutally attacked by a
gang of Socs. He was traumatized after this experience. Though this was very brutal, it helped
Johnny survive later experiences because he started carrying a switchblade. Another example
was the murder of a Soc. After being jumped by a Soc, Johnny killed a boy with his switchblade
in self-defense to protect him and his friend Ponyboy. This increased tensions between the two
gangs and led to a big part of the story, the rumble, also known as a gang fight. The rumble was
by far, the most exciting part of the conflict. It would always get me so engaged in the book. It
was thrilling to see the Greasers prepare and gather up for the rumble. It was also suspenseful
because it would be hard to predict who would win. In addition, It would not be known if
someone would get badly injured or even die. The conflict between the two gangs made this
novel very exciting to read.
Additionally, the change of society’s perspective on Greasers made this book very
enjoyable and satisfying. In this novel, Johnny and Ponyboy heroically save children from a
burning church. After this incident, people no longer viewed them as hoodlums, but instead as
heroes. This was so refreshing because during most of the book, Greasers were mistreated.
They were thought to be juvenile delinquents. The change in attitudes toward the Greasers
made this book pleasurable to read.
There were many enjoyable things about this book. However, there was one thing that
made this frustrating to read. This was the death of some main characters. While reading this
book, I grew attached to some of the characters. Some of my favorite characters sadly died in
this book. For example, after Johnny bravely saved children from a burning church, he received
severe burn injuries. He stayed in the hospital for a couple of days and later died. Another
example was the death of Dally. After hearing the news of Johnny’s death, he becomes furious
and purposely gets himself killed by pointing a gun at a police officer. The deaths of the main
characters made this book unenjoyable to read.
Overall, this book is a great story. This book is interesting to read and is recommended
to people of all ages. This book is very engaging and will keep you interested throughout the
book. The dispute between the Greasers and Socs and the change in attitudes on the Greasers
made this book exciting to read. I would give this book a 10/10.
Check out The Outsiders from the Newport Beach Public Library!