The Outsiders


TheOutsidersCover Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. New York: Speak, 2012. E-book.

ISBN: 978-1-101-64261-0 E-book: $4.99 USD

The Outsiders is a classic story written by S.E. Hinton that takes place within a few days, yet is able to relate the difficulties that “Greasers”, unfortunate teenage youths in 1960s America, faced. While already stuck in impoverished or otherwise unfortunate circumstances, their problems were only increased by their privileged counterparts, the “Socs.”  In the novel, one Greaser, Ponyboy, and his close friend, Johnny, have a physical encounter with a rowdy group of Socs whose intentions are far from honorable. In the scuffle, Johnny attempts to help Ponyboy from being drowned by the Socs, but ends up accidentally murdering one of their adversaries. Knowing their circumstances, knowing the other Socs knew who did it, and knowing how much the odds were stacked against them, they leave town with the help of an older friend of theirs. While away, Ponyboy and Johnny find themselves in yet another unfortunate circumstance when they are faced with a burning building, but Johnny emerges a hero after nearly dying trying to save children from the blaze. Unfortunately, Johnny passes away soon thereafter and the greasers find themselves torn between grief and trying to make sure Johnny was not lost in vain. They attempt to pick up the pieces and keep the dignity the Socs stole from them.

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