To approach this assignment, you should first reflect on whether or not you enjoyed reading S. E. Hinton’s book The Outsiders. Then think about some specific reasons for your opinion. For example, you might argue that you did not like the book, and one of your reasons might be that some of the scenes were frightening. In a paragraph on this detail, you might explain that you did not like reading so many sad, scary scenes in which you did not know what would happen to these likable young characters.
To support this detail, you could then think about specific scenes that were frightening and select key quotes from them to prove your point. For example, the scene in which Ponyboy and Johnny go into the burning building is a tense scene in the story. To show that this was frightening, you might include the following quote from Dally, which reads:
For Pete's sake, get outa there! That roof’s gonna cave in any minute. Forget those blasted kids! (Hinton 79)
This quote helps illustrate your point that the story was frightening and therefore not enjoyable to read. To cite a quote like this for each detail, you should find the page number the quote is on and include it in parentheses at the end of the sentence.