Friday, April 8, 2016

Book Review: The Outsiders

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton is about a 'greaser' named Ponyboy who is living with his two older brothers since his parents are gone. They, and their gang of friends are all 'greasers' or poorer people with long, greased up hair. They don't get along with the 'socs' or socials, which are the more privileged people. When things go bad and someone in their friend group kills a soc, ponyboy and the murderer, have to run away and hide from the police.
With the help of the toughest guy from the group, they hide out until disaster strikes. When the abandoned building they are staying in catches on fire while elementary school students are staying inside, the boys go in to save them, and they both come out burned, almost to the point of death.
Ponyboy recovers, but his friend is still in the hospital trying to keep breathing. With one friend at death's door, a murder, and social rivalries, there is nothing left to do but have a brawl... right?

The Outsiders was a good book, but it didn't live up to all of the hype that came with it. People kept raising my expectations with all of their wonderful reviews, I expected it to be magnificent, not just good. The storyline was mind-blowing, the characters were touching, and the writing was good. Overall, it was a good book.
The movie is good, but, like usual, not as good as the book. There is only so much a movie can show in the two hours they have been allotted.

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