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: more than 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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9.5 out of a possible 10.0
Book review by: 8607
age: 14

Review submitted on 01/24/2005 at 14:51:09

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8607 writes the following about The Outsiders :
The book The Outsiders is a very intriguing book. It shows the life of a few greasers, boys from the east side (bad part) of town. The boys have a hard life and are use to all of the abuse, verbal and physical, from their rivals, the Socs. The Socs are the group of guys from the west side (rich part) of town. They are the ones always causing fights, yet looking too clean cut to get into trouble. The main character, Ponyboy Curtis, is one of the few boys trying to find out why things are the way they are. He has exactly what he needs (i.e. food, shelter, family, and education), yet he is always wanting more. He is thinking that is isn?t fair that he is treated the way he is, even though he doesn?t act the stereotypical way a greaser would. Ponyboy was always thinking that it wasn?t fair that he couldn?t be treated the same as the Socs. He was as smart as they were, and he was athletic, but he just happened to be born on the wrong side of town. Once while talking to a Soc, he learned that the Socs aren?t always as bad as they seem. They don?t like the greasers, but some don?t really care. Cherry Valance was one to show him that not all Socs are mean and nasty. She had told him that she use to like to watch sunsets and she hated fighting. She just wanted all the rumbles and the guys getting jumped to stop. Another person who showed Ponyboy more about the Socs was Randy. He was the best friend of the guy killed by Johnny. He told Ponyboy that all Bob wanted was to be told no by his parents. That was all he wanted. He had everything he ever wanted, but was never told no. Randy thought that maybe if he was told no once, then he might have not been killed, and he might still be there. Another thing that Randy showed Ponyboy was that they could be afraid. Randy had told Ponyboy that he wasn?t going to the rumble and he was running away. It showed fear?. It showed that he had also wanted the fighting to end. That he wanted something that he didn?t, and probably couldn?t, have.
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