Book Title: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Description: According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. (Description from Goodreads.com)
Review: A book that is based on stereotypes is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The main character of the story is Pony Boy, who is very tough but he also hides a very sensitive side. Pony Boy has two brothers, Soda and Darry. Darry is the oldest and he’s the one that’s in charge because their parents are both dead. This family is a part of the greasers, which reminded me of the outcasts from our present time. The greasers also include Johnny and Dallas. I love how they’re always there for each other when there is trouble. They always have each other’s backs and protect one another. Even though they have fights, they are always a family. Then there are also the Socs; I would say they are the more popular rich kids and the jocks from present time. Socs are the spoiled kids who like to bully the greasers and anyone like them. I would say they are all sort of competing against each other and using each other to win. Every reader might look at it a different way but that’s how I saw them. A twisted and spoiled group of teenagers. The Outsiders has a moving plot and it’s really relatable to our place in time even though it’s from 1967.
I really liked this book because I can really relate it to my high school. You can admit this or not but people judge people by their stereotypes and groups. First there are the stereotypes about women and men, some say men are stronger and do all the work. Some say girls aren’t good at sports and they aren’t as smart as men. Then there are cultural stereotypes saying white people are obese and lazy and that Muslims are terrorists. Now I’m sure that everyone might assume something about a person because of stereotypes, but what matters is whether or not they act on it or push away this thought. I think The Outsiders perfectly shows how stereotypes affect people’s lives. Whether it’s a good stereotype or a negative one, it’s no way to judge someone. From my perspective, I think despite the differences that the Socs and the Greasers had they were pretty similar. They both feel strongly about their own ideas and in a way they both look out for their friends. The book itself may not look appealing but IT’S SO GOOD!! I would recommend picking up this book and giving it a try.