The characters in S.E. Hinton's classic novel The Outsiders are absolutely remarkable and memorable. Any reader is sure to gravitate to one of S. E. Hinton's memorable characters, who are each unique and intriguing in their own way. Each character is portrayed as vulnerable at some point throughout the story and readers are sure to connect with at least one of the characters on many levels.
The novel is also intense and thrilling. The Outsiders is truly a page-turner, which is full of action, violence, and suspense. Readers are drawn into the hostile atmosphere S.E. Hinton creates and anxiously await the next suspenseful scene. Everything from showdowns, gang fights, and church fires are depicted in the story.
S.E. Hinton's story is also relevant, and many adolescents can relate to the difficulties that both the Greasers and the Socs experience. Whether an adolescent grows up in an affluent home or is raised in poverty, S.E. Hinton offers an authentic depiction of how members of each social group struggle in their own unique way. The story also offers perspective into the lives of the "Outsiders," who are social outcasts and viewed with contempt by their peers. Young readers can gain sympathy for neglected adolescents and realize that they are dealing with much more than just trying to pass their classes or gain popularity. S.E. Hinton's novel challenges readers to not judge others based on their socioeconomic limitations and stereotypes.
S.E. Hinton's story is also an easy read that young audiences will breeze through without struggling to comprehend diction and advanced vocabulary words. Her story is straightforward and easy to understand, which is one of the many reasons it has endured the test of time and is required reading for many middle school students across the country.