Reviewed by Karl Croswhite
Inside The Outsiders
In the story of The Outsiders written by S.E. Hinton a teen gang in mid 1960s-Tusla Oklahoma, the Greasers are at constant odds with the Socs, a rival gang. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Soc member, the boys are forced to go into hiding in a church. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with Dallas and their other Greaser gang members, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers attempt to achieve redemption, others find tragic ends. The book was published on April 24, 1967 under the genre young-adult fiction.
The most interesting character would have to be Johnny Cade because he’s very gentle and quiet but he still has so much power in their group because no one wants to do anything to hurt him or make him unsettled. The most intriguing part of the book was during the church fire when Johnny pushes ponyboy out of the window when the roof is about to collapse. The reason this part is very intriguing is because Johnny is a very timid and fragile person but still looks out for his group so much even if it endangers his life.
The “battle” between the Socs and Greasers would most likely be the main conflict. This conflict has already ended one life which results in Johnny and Pony going into hiding and in the end Johnny gets severely injured. During a brawl between the Socs and the greasers the main group of Greasers find out that Johnny’s situation goes critical. In conclusion the central conflict is really surviving the Greaser lifestyle.
The central theme is that loyalty to all of friends and family is important. “You take up for your buddies, no matter what they do. When you're a gang, you stick up for the members. If you don't stick up for them, stick together, make like brothers, it isn't a gang anymore. It's a pack. A snarling, distrustful, bickering park like the Socs in their social clubs or the street gangs in New York or the wolves in the timber” (26). When someone is in a gang like that then everyone have to be loyal to each other no matter what happens.
If I were to rate this book I would give it 4 Stars because it was a very interesting book and it had me always wanting to read more and basically kept me interested in finding out what happens next. I would recommend this book to people who like to read about gangs, conflict or suspense. I would suggest That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton to anyone who enjoyed The Outsiders.
Hinton S.E. The Outsiders New York: Viking Press: 1967. Print.