The classic, “The Outsiders” written by S.E. Hinton is a true coming of age story published in 1967. This novel is a story of realistic fiction about a teen gang residing in the rural side of Oklahoma in the 1960s. This teen gang nicknamed the “Greasers” are seen as the hoods or delinquents by society as opposed to the rich and preppy “Socs” from the west side of town. The “Greasers” gang is made up of Ponyboy Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Darrell “Darry” Curtis, Johnny Cade, Dallas “Dally” Winston, Two-Bit Matthews, and Steve Randle. This group of best-friends stick together through a series of wild events throughout the novel including death, fights, and much more. While this story is full of adventure, it also has a lot of tragedy intertwined. One word of advice for all future-readers is to buckle up for the emotional rollercoaster you will take.
I enjoyed this novel for many reasons but my favorite is the way the author incorporates a different lesson in each chapter. All these lessons you will take away from the novel. A big lesson enforced throughout the novel was about the value of friendship. You learn that every character is different (one is a pretty boy, one is shy, one is a badass, one is bold, etc.) and they all value different things in life, but one thing they all share is their values of their devoted friendships with each other. They are greasers and they stick together. We see this dynamic in scenes such as the greasers continuously just walking into Pony-Boys house like it is their own and during the rumble, they all come together to fight in the rumble for their friend Johnny. This quote stuck with me personally seeing the value of friendship, “You take up for your buddies, no matter what they do.” This is just one the many lessons taught in the novel, and even though the novel is semi-short only having 192 pages, it is full of deep lessons that you will take with you for the rest of your life.
I believe that this novel should be read by teenagers because there is some foul language and concepts in the novel. There is a huge concept of fighting and gang-like activities throughout the novel, but every action in the novel there is a lesson well-learned. On that note I highly recommend this story because of the way the author hooks you in with its charming characters and lessons. This story is brilliantly written and composed by author S.E. Hinton. Amanda Y.; Teen Reviewer