The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

February 28, 2017

Review by Sal Meehan

How far would you go to protect your friends? In The Outsiders, two friends Johnny and Ponyboy, are pushed to their limits when Ponyboy is attacked and almost drowned. They live in a city divided between two groups, the “Soc” and the “Greasers.” A Soc (short for "social") is rich and can get away with anything. For example, Socs can physically attack someone without getting in trouble. Greasers, on the other hand, are a gang made up of poor kids always getting into trouble. Johnny and Ponyboy are Greasers trying to survive growing up in this divided place.More than just friends, Ponyboy and Johnny treat each other and their gang as family. They will do anything to protect their family. So, when Ponyboy gets attacked by Bob a Soc, for talking to his girlfriend, Cherry, Johnny steps in to save Ponyboy. Bob grabs Ponyboy’s head and shoves it into a fountain without letting him breath. In trying to free Ponyboy, Johnny finds himself stabbing Bob. Johnny knows instantly he has to go on the run, and Ponyboy was not going to let Johnny do that alone. Ponyboy will do anything to protect Johnny too.While Johnny and Ponyboy are on the run, news breaks out about Bob’s death. Tension between the Socs and the Greasers increases. The Socs now want to go to war.  As for the Greasers, they have to decide whether they are willing to fight for their gang with the chance of getting hurt or killed, or will they back out of the war. Even if they win, at what cost will they pay to defend their gang?

I rated this book five stars because I loved how the author describes how hard it is to grow up in a city divided. I don’t know if I would ever have a gang of friends or brotherhood like the Greasers.  This book makes me feel very fortunate to live in such a wonderful place. I hope that people today will stop being divided and unite because being divided in The Outsiders only lead to war.

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