Ponyboy Cutis is a greaser. The Greasers are a gang made up of Ponyboy, his brothers and their friends. The greasers are in constant opposition with the socs. The greasers are the working class, poor people with a very low chance of growing up to achieve something in their lives. The socs are the upper class, wealthy individuals who hunt the greasers as if it was a sport. Despite this, Ponyboy spends most of his time pondering to himself as to whether or not the Greasers and the socs are in fact as different as they seem. Ponyboy can never truly find the answer to this question. In this book there is a motif called gold, it refers to the innocence of Ponyboy and the deeper the rivalry with the socs goes. The more jeopardized it becomes.
I think this book is utterly fantastic, I have been reading it with school and have adored doing so. This book challenges the status-quo that was evident during the 50s the book was banned in over 10 states in the U.S as people were truly ignorant to the fact that social divides exist at such a young age. A 16 year old S.E Hinton wrote this book as a result of gangland violence that was rife within her school. After hearing about this it became incredibly clear that the voice of Hinton is the voice of Ponyboy.
Teen Rating: A classic by one of the most talented writers of the late 20th century 12+ 4.5/5.