The Book I have chosen is the â€œThe Outsidersâ€ by SE Hinton. The author wrote the story when she was just 16 years old, in the 1950s. The book was successful, and it was sold, and still being sold, as a young adultâ€™s novel. There was a movie and plays made about it, and today there are still many high schools that use this book for English classes.
The Outsiders is about a gang. They live in a city in Oklahoma. Ponyboy Curtis, a 14 year old greaser, tells the story. Other characters include Sodapop and Darry, Ponyboy's brothers, Johnny, Dallas, and Two- Bit, who are also gang members and Ponyboy's friends. This story deals with two forms of social classes: the socs, the rich kids, and the greasers, the poor kids. The socs go around looking for trouble and greasers to beat up, and then the greasers are blamed for it, because they are poor and cannot influence the authorities.
The plot is easy to follow and the first sentence starts right away with the plotâ€”without any forewords. Quote â€œWhen I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house...â€ (page 9). As you can see, it goes straight to the point. Events occur in a reasonable order. The ending of the story was a bit expected although it was nevertheless effective. I anticipated the death of Johnny. The death of Dally was not as predictable as Johnnyâ€™s death because it was said that: Quote â€œHe was tougher than the rest of usâ€”tougher, colder, meaner.â€ (page 19). I did not think that such a tough person would get himself killed because of a death of a friend, although it was said a short time before the death of Dally that: Quote â€œJohnny was the only thing Dally loved.â€ (page 160). The climaxes at the end of the story were the deaths of Johnny and Dally. Here are quotations about the deaths: Johnnyâ€™s death: Quote â€œThe pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died.â