The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is the story of a group of teenage boys struggling to find their place in a world that judges them based on where they live and what they look like. They stick together and support one another as they each come up against their own obstacles.
I enjoyed The Outsiders. I was familiar with the story, though I don’t remember if I read it in high school or not. It is a quick moving plot and an easy read. I felt drawn to these boys and felt for them and their circumstances. I found myself wishing they would make different decisions, wishing those around them would make different decisions and also cheering them on and cheering others on who chose to be kind to this group of boys who didn’t look or act like they were worth anything. But, as the novel shows, they are worth it.
I found themes of life as a teenager, fear, love, heroes, death, and judging others.