The Outsiders was written by S. E. Hinton at the age of sixteen. Considered to be a genre changing book, The Outsiders chronicles the transformation of Ponyboy Curtis and his understanding of society’s idea of what it means to be a Greaser.
Greasers are “the rough, tough, long-haired boys from the ‘other’ side of town.” They don’t have it made like the Socs who seem to have enough money, education, and time, to gang up on, beat, and disrespect those who don’t have it made. But Pony and the rest of the Greasers have something better than having it made – they have each other. This book conveys perfectly the value of family, the struggle of being a teenager, and the fallacies of society.
I liked The Outsiders because I can relate to Pony’s perspective. There are a lot of things in the world that make you ask “why?” such as the barriers between people with money and the people without it.
Another reason I liked The Outsiders is because of character development. Every character, in more than three chapters, is layered and represents something. Pony and Johnny grow up right before you in a very short amount of time. The only thing I disliked about The Outsiders is that it ended. It was a really good book for a teenager and still is.
By Devion D.