‘The Outsiders’ Review

Mekhi Harrison, Staff Writer

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The Outsiders was a great book written by S.E. Hinton; it’s one of the best teens novels I have ever read. When I got the book back in middle school, I wasn’t interested at first, but when I read the whole book I ended up liking it a lot. Although it may be an older book, it would still be interesting for teens if they read the whole novel.

The author of the book is S.E. Hinton, and it was published in the year 1967. It became a popular novel that was later made into a movie in 1983. I watched the movie after I read the book and I thought it was really good. I enjoyed the book and the movie equally.

The book is about a teenager named Ponyboy and his gang of friends who are greasers, which meant teenagers with long greasy hair that lived on the outside of the neighborhood. He compared the Socs, rich teens that thought they were better than everyone, to himself. Ponyboy lives with his two older brothers, Sodapop and Darry, because his parents died when he was younger. He hangs out with his best friend Johnny and his three other friends Steve, Two-Bit, and Dally, who are mostly crooks and gangsters that fight the Socs for fun. In the movie, Ponyboy is played by the actor C. Thomas Howell; even though he was not my favorite character in the story, he was a great actor to portray Ponyboy. My favorite character is Dally, who is played by Matt Dillon, because throughout the entire movie he was funny, and he was Ponyboy and Johnny’s closest friend.

Even though this is a 50 year old book, it is still relevant to me. Both the book and the movie were emotional because after a character died from a burning building injury, Ponyboy was sad when he read a note that was given to him before his friend had died. To me, that was really emotional when I read it in the book and watched it on the screen.

In conclusion, I liked The Outsiders so much because it is good to watch or read when you are in a good mood. I would rate the book a 10/10 because it would be inspiring to teens who read it.

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