Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Outsiders was written by a girl?
S.E. Hinton wrote this book when she was 16. She decided to go by her initials to disguise her gender from her male audience that may have rejected the book had they known it was really written by a girl. Since then, "her books have been taught in some schools, and banned from others," (sehinton.com).
About the Book:
Pony Boy has grown up as a fighter among fighters in a war between the socs (rich kids) and the greasers (kids from the hood). It wasn't until he talked to Cherry that he began to really think about what was expected of him and who he really was. He told her that unlike most greasers, he would never use a broken bottle to hurt someone. Even though Pony Boy would not voluntarily hurt someone, he eventually becomes involved in a socs murder. After suffering through various challenges and the loss of two of his closest friends, he is pushed to the edge. He tries to become a tough guy like the rest of his buddies because he figures it will save him from further pain. However, he continues to question who he really is and considers who he may be pretending to be. The Outsiders is a story about true friendship in an environment where the only valuable thing one has is their friends. It is a story about a boy who grows up in a tough environment, with brothers as parents, friends as family, and who finds that he wants to take a different path than the one expected of him as a greaser.