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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton - Review by Emma, Teen Blogger

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a book about underprivileged teens living in a city. The main character, Ponyboy, is a member of a gang called the Greasers. One day Ponyboy goes to a movie with his friends Dally and Johnny. While there, they pick up some girls, members of the opposite gang, the Socs. But it does not take long for the girls’ boyfriends to show up, and when they do, they are annoyed that their girls are hanging around with Greasers.

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Later, Ponyboy gets into a fight at home and runs out on his brothers, taking Johnny with him. After having a change of heart, they turn back, but bump into the Soc boys from earlier. A fight starts, and things get out of hand: Ponyboy is held underwater, and by the time he gets up, one of the Socs is dead. To protect themselves, Johnny and Ponyboy run away together. With Dally’s help, they leave the city and hide out in an old church. Continued adventures turn the runaways into heroes in the eyes of their fellow Greasers, but will their heroism cost more lives?

I liked this book, because it showed a different side of teen life that I would not normally think about. I live a very privileged life, and with that in mind, I found The Outsiders a window with a valuable view. The Outsiders is a classic novel: it was definitely set in the past, but it is still relevant because stories like Ponyboy’s are true and relate to teens all over the world, both in the 1960s and now. I would recommend this book to people who like sad stories, because it was tragic and touching. However, I would also recommend this book to people who like fast-paced adventures, as this book is the perfect mix of both.

If you feel like reading or re-reading The Outsiders, you can find a copy of it at Halifax Public Libraries, or on their online catalogue.

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