The Outsiders 4

Critical Review "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
S.E. Hinton wrote this novel while she was in high school, at the young age of sixteen. It was completed in 1967. She has written other novels such as That Was Then This is Now, Rumble Fish, and Taming the Star Runner.
The novel, The Outsiders, was written about living in the sixties amid gang rivalries. It is told through the personal thoughts of Ponyboy, a fourteen-year-old who belongs to a gang known as the Greasers, who despise the upper-class Socs (pronounced SO-ches), the West Side Rich Kids. Hinton does an excellent job of describing mild-mannered gang members, society war, and living with violence. Once I began to read this ...

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in the most dreadful situation of their lives.
The characters in this book are fairly realistic and believable. They may seem a tad different to a kid nowadays, but keep in mind that this takes place in the 1960's.

S.E. Hinton's plot is not very difficult to understand, since the story rarely gets complicated. It is suitable for readers of all ages, from adolescents to adults.

The setting of this book is not only believable, but interesting as well. Upon reading it, you probably wouldn't know that it takes place specifically in Oklahoma since the description could relate to any American suburb: the characters go to drive-in movies, Dairy Queen restaurants, and grocery stores.

As you may have guessed, The Outsiders is written entirely in the first person (Ponyboy). The character uses descriptive language which makes it easier to understand the gang member if you don't know what he looks like. Here's an example of how she describes Johnny, a Greaser:

Johnny Cade was ...

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