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The Outsiders Essay

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Opposite Worlds" a book review of The Outsiders I recently finished reading The Outsiders, a novel written by S.E. Hinton. The Outsiders was Hinton's first novel, which she wrote when she was only sixteen. Her other books include That Was Then, This is Now, Rumble Fish, Tex and Taming the Star Runner. She received the American Library Association's first annual Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring authors whose novels have influenced young adults and have helped them "grow and to understand themselves and their role in society." S.E. Hinton now lives with her family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Outsiders was an interesting novel to read because it dealt with the everyday life of three young brothers trying to carry on after their parents' death. The main conflicts of the plot were based upon rivalries between the Greasers, a gang from the poorer section of town, and the Socs, a gang of rich teenagers from the more affluent neighborhood. I found this book to be very exciting, and more realistic than other fiction novels I have read. The story begins with Ponyboy, a tough, yet sensitive, fourteen-year-old trying to continue with his life after his parents' untimely death with the support of his two brothers, Darry and Soda, and his gang of Greasers from the wrong side of town. Life is hard for Darry, Soda and Ponyboy. Although Darry and Soda are only a few years older than Ponyboy, Darry is forced to get a job and provide for the two other boys, even though he could have had more potential if he had been able to attend college. The long-haired, rough Greaser gang the boys belong to are constantly armed and ready to rumble with any member of the Socs for the sake of their fellow Greasers. Ponyboy is proud to be a Greaser and loyal to his gang, until his best friend...

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