The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.’

I adore this book.

I first read this book in High School and it took my breath away. I have since read it many times and it is easily one of my all time favourite books.

Every time I read this book I feel like I am reading it for the very first time. Depending on whats going on in my life at the time, I find a new way to see and relate to this story.

Their is something about the characters in this book. I cant quite explain it, but I feel like I know each and every one of them, or at least someone like them. Their stories, personalities and emotions are real and easy to believe.

The actual story is timeless. Sure some parts have aged since the books original release, the heart of the issue is the same. The hardships and behaviours that the characters go through and display can be applied to towns all around the world.

As for the writing in this book; it is perfect. It is not surprising to me that this book was made into a movie. The writing had a cinematic quality to it, and it drew the reader in from the very first page.

I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a must read book for everyone.

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