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I would recommend S. E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders to anyone. It's written in a simple style, and there are many messages that readers could take from the novel. The characters are believable, and a reader would probably recognize at least one person they know in the novel. I would also recommend it as proof that young people can achieve great things, as S.E. Hinton began this novel when she was 16.
I think SE Hinton does an excellent job of portraying this story from a realistic perspective. I actually think this is why the book is so appealing and entertaining. This book is not one that I have to recommend often, as most schools (public and private) use it in their core curriculum - but certainly it is noteworthy due to the fact that as quality literature, teachers love it and for simple readability and enjoyment factor - students love it.
My thought is, if kids like it - yes, I'll recommend it.
I'm not 100% sure what you mean by "S.E. Hinton's point of view" but the message of the novel is an important one, and I would definitately recommend the novel to 7th graders and up. This is a novel that explores the consequences of treating people according to stereotypes. Both the Socs and the Greasers react to each other and themselves according to societal stereotypes - with devasting consequences. Beyond the obvious 'gang war" fallout, we see how damaging it is to believe in self-fulfilling negative expectations: the Greasers really do believe they are destined to go no where and therefore don't even try. I believe that S.E. Hinton's message is to encourage people to look beyond stereotyes; furthermore, it is a message of hope. By the end of the book both Randy and Ponyboy recognize that they have the power to change who they are and not be locked in by society's expectations. Despite all of the violence in the novel, it ends with a sense of hope.
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