Monday, August 19, 2013

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

I didn't realize that the book was written by a female author. This book is about "Greasers," a lower social class from the East-side and the "Socs," the rich guys from the West-side. Ponyboy Curtis, the protagonist, is a 14-year old member of a "Greaser" gang. It looks unfair to him that the rich "Socs" would have everything whereas all the troubles landed for the "Greasers." Ponyboy lives with his two brothers, Darry and Soda. Darry works at two places to meet both ends meet and keep the family intact, whereas Soda, a handsome guy, is a school drop-out who works at a filling station.
The Curtis brothers always stand up for their gang members and sometimes indulge in gang fights. It all starts when Johnny, a relatively younger frightened-looking guy, and the gang's pet, accidently kills a Soc, and soon he is on the run along with Ponyboy.

Ponyboy later realizes that gang fights are useless, and winning one doesn't anyone bigger. It dawns on him that things are rough for both Socs and Greasers and that, there's a lot of good in the world to live for.
This is one of the best books I have read in my entire life. It's about how people from different social classes perceive the world differently. The book shows teenagers smoking, drinking and stealing. My favorite characters were Soda and Johnny.
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“It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. May be the two different worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.”
-- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (p. 47-48)

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