Parents' Guide to

The Outsiders

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 12+

Great book

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age 14+

A Good Book, but a Bit Dated

This is a good book, but if your 12/13 year old is super sensitive, the violence at some points might be too much. My 13-year-old son found certain scenes quite upsetting and asked why kids were smoking. He couldn't relate to the class struggles in the book, but it did open up conversations about class, life at that time, etc.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33):
Kids say (281):

In the battle to get teens to read, The Outsiders is a nuclear missile. Any literary missteps -- like some too-easy plot resolutions -- are overcome by the power of author S.E. Hinton's honest teen point of view (she wrote it at age 16), which rings so true to young readers.

Many teens say this is the first book they ever enjoyed reading, even though it's often required in school. Hinton's insight into teen angst may explain why adolescents identify with Ponyboy so strongly. Readers find plenty of action and an idyllic view of friendship, a major concern for teens. Teenagers love this book; it teaches them that they can enjoy reading, as Ponyboy already knows.

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