The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

The Outsiders is a book that delves deeply into the hearts, minds, and stories of a group that had no voice before S. E. Hinton gave them one. She began writing the book at age 15, spurred on by the disturbing trend she saw growing in her high school towards division between groups. “I was worried and angered by the social situation,” Hinton writes. “I saw two groups at the extreme ends of the social scale behaving in an idiotic fashion — one group was being condemned and one wasn’t…. When a friend of mine was beaten up for no other reason than that some people didn’t like the way he combed his hair, I took my anger out by writing about it.”

I loved this book. It showed us readers the struggles a particular race goes through by themselves. Usually we assume it’s only two different races that have the conflicts and such, but here we see how a race can put down its own people. To me it was almost like the white ‘ghetto’. The struggles young men have to go through,how they have to put on a mask each day just so that they don’t get beat on and also it shows you to never judge a book by its cover. Some of the hard backs in this book that seemed to have been the worst around town turned out to be just as weak as any other baby girl where as it went vice versa for the little ‘wimpy boys’. To me, any age group can read this because it’s a very touching story. I’d give it 5 out of 5 stars. Parts icried, parts I laughed. I loved the book so much i read it three times. I encourage you to get for yourselves or others.



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