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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant. What more can I say?, November 10, 2000
This review is from: The Outsiders (Hardcover)
This book, which was written in the 1960's, may have well been written today. It describes the many conflicts between gangs, social groups, family violence, and friends. I was made to read this book twice when I was in middle-school, but even so I enjoyed it. Many emotions and thoughts surround the patrogonist, Ponyboy, who describes ganglife in the city. The book goes into many depths to develop the personality and emotions of every single character, and even from the view of the main character, you know the intellects of every little character. Every emotion is very sicere and well portrayed and not a detail is left out. You get a good view of human nature, feelings, and life. The story has a very moving plot that deals with family conflicts, murder, robbery, gang fights, friendship, social status, and loss. It does well at alerting the reader of the seriousness of gang warfare. Even though it expresses the many sad parts of life in the city, it gives a message that there can be hope and there is hope for those who have not lost the fight yet. This is an incredible book and definately worth getting. A must read!
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2009 7:31:42 AM PDT
bookworm says:
Would you all agree that this book could be read by a twelve yr. old? Or is it to adult like?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2010 1:58:26 PM PST
I think I read this when I was around 12 (I really don't remember,) but yes, it's certainly appropriate for middle school-ages... (I think I read Catcher in the Rye around the same time.)

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 12:20:06 AM PDT
Kathleen says:
This review is supposed to be about the teacher's guide for The Outsiders. This review talks about the book itself. This leads people to thing that that teacher's guide is amazing, while the book is what you should be touting.
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