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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Book review by: Auburn
age: 13

Review submitted on 05/30/2005 at 12:19:00

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Auburn writes the following about The Outsiders :
Ponyboy Curtis lives with his two brothers, Sodapop, the older brother who loves to fool around, and Darry, the strict oldest brother. His parents are dead and his family is his gang and his brothers. The gang consists of Two-Bit, the wisecracker of the group, Steve, who's specialty is cars, Dally, a cold and tough hood who hates the world, and Johnny, a small terrified kid who was jumped by Socs and has abusive parents. Ponyboy and the gang are Greasers. Greasers are from the poor side of the town and have greasy hair while the Socs come from the rich side and drive Mustangs. At the local cdrive-in movie theater, Ponyboy, Johnny, and Two-Bit meet two Soc cheerleaders, Cherry and Marcia. They get along pretty well. Walking the two girls home, their Soc boyfriends see Ponyboy, Johnny, and Two-Bit. A fight is prevented by Cherry and Marcia, but not stopped. Later on that night, the Socs jump Ponyboy and Johnny. Acting in self-defense, Johnny kills Bob, one of the Socs. Afraid, Ponyboy and Johnny run to Dally, who tells them to go to live in an abandoned church in Windrixville. When a fire at the church occurs, Ponyboy and Johnny run to save the children inside. Ponyboy escapes with minor injuries while Johnny is almost killed. With his back broken, Johnny stays in the hospital. Later on, a rumble (fight) occurs between the Greasers and the Socs. The Greasers win. When Dally and Ponyboy brings the good news to Johnny, he dies. Before dying, Johnny tells Ponyboy to stay gold, good. Soon afterwards, Dally, who doesn?t want to live since Johnny is gone, dies when the cops shoot him. After the deaths of his two friends, Ponyboy changes. He becomes cold, mean, and tough. After receiving an English assignment to write whatever he thinks is important, Ponyboy reads the letter Johnny wrote to him before dying. Johnny tells Ponyboy to tell Dally that there is still some good left in the world and tells Ponyboy himself to stay good. Ponyboy knows its to late to tell Dally anything and finally figures out what to write for his English assignment. Ponyboy decides to write about the whole event and what he experienced and to make other people realize how awful the life of the poor are. He wants people to help people like Johnny and Dally before its too late for them. His English assignment is the book The Outsiders.
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