This novel is a classic piece of literature, because it discusses a topic, at least when it was first published was not addressed, the treatment of teenagers. Making the protagonist Ponyboy a lower class greaser makes it even more potent a topic, because it also makes the reader see what it is to face being an “outsider” according to society. It is recommended that this book is better suited for the YA male aged 11-21. The book covers a multitude of topics concerning issues of aggression, abuse, emotional instability, and self-destruction. This age group faces such issues frequently. This is not to say female YA would not benefit from reading the book, because it addresses issues they face as well, but the audience Hinton is trying to reach seems to have a predominantly masculine core, rather than female. School and public libraries would benefit from having such a book on their shelves, as this novel still portrays events many YA face, places and names may be different but the content is relatable.