The Outsiders Book Review
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The Outsiders book review

S. E. Hinton
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Title: The Outsiders

Author: S. E. Hinton

Average number of words per page: between 50 and 100

758 readers have rated this story.
Average story rating: 8.55/10.0
758 readers have rated the illustrations.
Average illustration rating: 6.13/10.0

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Book review by: Ariella
age: 13

Review submitted on 01/17/2006 at 14:33:32

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Ariella writes the following about The Outsiders :
The Outsiders is a very interesting story. It's about the lives of kids in gangs, the Socials and the greasers. Ponyboy Curtis, 14, and Johnny Cade, 16, have been best friends since they were very young. Johnny is an only child that comes from a terrible home and if it weren't for his friends, he wouldn't know what love and affection really ment. Ponyboy has 2 older brothers, Darry, 20, and Sodapop, 17. Darry looks older than he is because he's left taking care of Ponyboy and Sodapop since their parents died 8 months before hand. Sodapop is a drop-out because he needs to send Ponyboy through school. Then, there is teh gang. There's Steve Randle, 17, who is Sodapop's best friend. There's Two-Bit Mathews, 17; the name should explain him. And of course, Dally Winston, 17, who's been in prison more than you can imagine. And then there are the Socials. The main people are Bob Sheldon and Randy Adderson. Their lives are pretty much the same as everyday, until someone takes it too far. Bob was drunk one night and decides to get back at Johnny and Ponyboy for picking up his girlfriend, Cherry Valance. While they're drowning Ponyboy, Johnny tries to save him and ends up killing Bob. Boy, did that scare everybody, escpecially Johnny and Ponyboy. So, they decide to run away. They go to an abandend chruch, which after 4 ot 5 days catches fire with children inside. After saving the kids, the roof colapses on Johnny and he ends up getting a broken back and third-degree burns. When he can't take the pain anymore, the doctors find out that he's dieing. When Dally and Ponyboy went to go visit him, they didn't realize that it was for the last time. Johnny dies after saying to Ponyboy, "Stay gold." Dally ends up having a mental breakdown and get shot by the cops after robbing a store. Ponyboy ends up writing about this for english and you realize that the whole story was written from true life experience by him. You realize this from the last sentence in the book, which is also the first sentence in the book. I would recommend this book to all teenagers who are stuck in the middle. I would basically recommend this to everybody. The Outsiders is a great book written by Susan Eloise Hinton when she was 16; it was a novel. If you love this book, you'll also love her other books: That Was Then, This is Now; Rumble Fish; Tex; Taming the Star Runner. These books are from a guys point of view. Her childrens' books are: Big David, Little David and Puppy Sister.
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