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Review of The Outsiders

The Outsiders
by S. E. Hinton
188 pp.     Viking     1967     $3.95

The teen-agers of the Oklahoma community in this novel are divided into the haves and have-nots: the Mustang and madras-shirt set known as the Socs and the long-haired, leather-jacketed, knife-and-chain set known as the greasers. When they meet in vacant lots for gang rumbles or personal vendettas, injury is common and murder almost inevitable. This remarkable novel by a seventeen-year-old girl gives a moving, credible view of the outsiders from the insiders — their loyalty to each other, their sensitivity under tough crusts, their understanding of self and society. Most frightening and most hopeful is the author’s picture of teen-agers at the crossroads, at the point of becoming full-fledged “hoods” or something special. In Ponyboy, who lives to finish reading Gone with the Wind and to see more sunsets, and in Johnny, who dies a hero, we meet powerful characters in a book with a powerful message. As Johnny writes before he dies, “There’s still lots of good in the world.” JANE MANTHORNE

From the August 1967 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.



  1. Simon Olivares Cruz says:

    The outsiders novel seems interesting and horrify by all does words.

  2. Simon Olivares Cruz says:

    the novel seems interesting but with does words the books seems horrify too.

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