The Outsiders

Vernon River Consolidated,
Vernon River, PEI

By Ashley P. (Grade 8)

Recently, I read S.E. Hinton's, "The Outsiders", as a class novel. Normally, I don't really enjoy the books we read in school but this one was different.

It was all about Ponyboy Curtis's life as a greaser. A greaser was the name given to the poorer people of his neighbourhood. The book told of his thoughts, his feelings, and how he thought it so unfair that the richer people (the Socials) should have all the breaks. Pony didn't go through all this alone, though - he had his "gang". It included his brothers, Soda and Darry, his best friend, Johnny, Two-Bit, Steve, and Dally. They all had their problems but could always count on each other for help. In a very creative and moving way, the author had many incidents that helped Pony realize a very important thing in life.

Any good book is descriptive, suspenseful, and definitely interesting. "The Outsiders" is all that and more. Hinton has a very good writing style which makes the book even better.

The most interesting thing about the whole book is the fact that S.E. Hinton is a girl, and the book is excellently done from a boy's point of view. I'd recommend "The Outsiders" to anyone.

It's one of the best books I've read and I feel it could be one of yours, too.

Front Page March 1997