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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
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Jan 03, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2009

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Dear Potential Reader,

The book The Outsiders is a very good but very active and kind of not appropriate book for all ages. This book is about 2 gangs that live on the opposite sides of town but have a history with each other. The poor gang or the “Greasers" and the rich gang that lives in the rich part of the town are called "Socs." These 2 gangs have done damage to each other before but not like it was in this book. Ponyboy Curtis is the youngest person in the Greasers and has 2 brothers. Darrel Curtis is Ponyboy's oldest brother. Also he other brother named Sodapop Curtis, Ponyboy's happy-go-lucky handsome brother. Also in the Greasers gang is Two-Bit Mathews who is the joker in the gang. Steve Randle Sodapop's best friend since grade school and also works with Sodapop at the gas station. Dallas Winston is the toughest hood in Ponyboy’s group of Greasers. He is also known as Dally. Finally for the main characters is Johnny Cade. He is a 16 year old greaser. Even though he has not been successful in school he tries his best to approach intellectual matters with steady concentration.
In the book The Outsiders I have 2 favorite quotes: My first favorite quote was directed to Ponyboy. Someone told Ponyboy “Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold" This quote refers to the Robert Frost poem that Ponyboy recites to Johnny when the two hide out in the Windrixville Church in Chapter 9 when Johnny is lies dying in the hospital. My second favorite quote is "Dally was so real he scared me." This quote is during Ponyboy and Johnny in the abandoned church when they thinko of Dally.
Kids that are bullied in their school and even kids who simply feel alienated can look at the story Ponyboy tells and realize that they are not alone in their unfortunate circumstances. In fact, with such dramatic displays of violence in The Outsiders, these kids may be able to put their experiences into an even better perspective. On the other hand, kids that are often bullying others are offered the chance to see life from the perspective of the bullied, and hopefully realize that they are not so different.

I also think that is story is a very good story to teach younger teens because i think that the violence and the actions of others in the story may portray a negative influence on the more negative students in your class. Also teachers it wills most greatly if you read this story with a mature group of kids. Some kids may act immature to the story and how they use foul language. I do recommend the book for people who have not read this book but this book is very good and can teach a very good lesson to good kids.
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