Ponyboy and his friend Johnny are the two main characters from this group of greasers and find themselves in a bind after Johnny kills one of the members of a rival click while trying to protect his friend Ponyboy. Eventually Johnny decides that he wants to come clean and turn himself in however, he never gets the opportunity because he is fatally injured after trying to save children from a church that was accidentally set on fire by Johnny and Ponyboy. After much grief and sadness Ponyboy decides to write the story The Outsiders for all the troubled boys involved in gang life.
This story illustrates very well the social structure and hierarchy of adolescent life. The rival between the greasers and the socs is a classic example of teenage grouping and rivalry. Unfortunately today, we see these clicks and groups everywhere we go. I think that this story also illustrates the consequences of gang life and can teach children the importance of not becoming involved in gang activity.
The Outsiders is and has been one of my favorite books for a long while. I think the story wonderfully illustrates the importance of brotherhood and friendship. Through thick and thin, these boys have an uncanny way of always sticking together and supporting one another, especially considering that they have no adult role models to follow. Definitely recommend this book to all adolescent readers. View More »