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The novel The Outsiders was written by the American writer S E Hinton in 1967 At that time everyone thought this was a remarkable effort since Hinton was only seventeen years old at the time of publishing The book revolves around a gang called Greasers situated in an American suburb some time during the 50s or the 60s The Greasers are constantly quarrelling with another gang called the Socs Socs is short for socialists and they are the successful rich kids whereas the Greasers are from the poor part of the town For some reason the Greasers and the Socs dislike each other intensely and to solve conflicts the two gangs frequently have fistfights The books main character is Ponyboy Curtis - a 14-year-old boy whose parents perished in a car accident forcing him and his two brothers Sodapop and Darry to paddle their own canoe The three brothers live alone in a house in very poor state of repair Apparently Ponyboys two older brothers Sodapop and Darry have great impact on him Ponyboy obviously rates family values highly and when things dont work out like he would want them to he often turns to Johnny Cage in despair Johnny neither has an easy time at home his parents neglect him In the beginning of the book Ponyboy doesnt feel like he knows his oldest brother Darry completely but as the plot progresses it seems like his personal feelings towards Darry increases for literally every page of the book that passes by This is one of the most distinct character changes in the book There are no hooks or hurdles in the beginning of the book the first sentence starts right away with the plot - without any foreword This is the beginning of the first sentence When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house As you can see Hinton goes straight to the point without any prologues
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