Review: The Outsiders

Austin Ridenour, Sports

Stereotype means to characterize or regard as a stereotype.  In the book, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, many of the characters are stereotyped throughout this action-packed, suspenseful story.  Some are stereotyped because of their looks, where they live and by many other things, while others are stereotyped because of where they come from and their popularity.

In the book, The Outsiders, Ponyboy Curtis is not just any average kid growing up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Ponyboy is part of a gang called the Greasers, which consists of its members wearing black leather jackets with blue denim jeans, and always using hair grease to slick their hair back.  They mostly are somewhat poor and live in bad neighborhoods.

Then you have the Socs, who are the rich, upper-class, preppy kids that are the most popular kids in school and who never do anything wrong.  The Greasers and the Socs are rival gangs and hate each other with a passion and are always fighting.  But Ponyboy doesn’t cause trouble or fight all the time like all the other Greasers do with the Socs.  He loves to read, and is a very bright kid in and outside of school.

Ponyboy has two brothers, one named Sodapop, who is the middle child of the family and gets all the girls.  Ponyboy’s oldest brother, Darrel, also know as “Darry,” is the leader of the Greasers and is like the father to Sodapop and Ponyboy.  Ponyboy’s parents had died in a car accident, so all the boys get to live together as long as they stay out of trouble.  But Ponyboy puts this privilege into jeopardy when, one night, something terrible happens and everything turns from being good to being horrible.  When all of this happens, everything  starts to crumble for Ponyboy.  He doesn’t know what is going on and is scared for his life.

Overall, The Outsiders is a fantastic, suspenseful, heart-pounding book that takes you into the story and is well worth reading.