The Outsiders

The Outsiders

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50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.
No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was first published.

"The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world." —The New York Times

"Taut with tension, filled with drama." —The Chicago Tribune
"[A] classic coming-of-age book." —Philadelphia Daily News
A New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book
A Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Winner of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

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Shreeya_Amin
Apr 13, 2021

Set in Oklahoma during the 1960s. Ponyboy is part of the Greaser gang who have a rivalry with the Socs. The Socs are wealthy kids who tease and bully the Greasers. The Greasers are poorer and constantly have to defend themselves from the Socs. It’s common for the Greasers and Socs to get into fights but one night Ponyboy’s friend, Johnny kills a Soc. They successfully escape the police and a brawl between the Greasers and Socs ensues. A few more members from each gang are killed. This causes Ponyboy to realize that The Greasers and Socs feel the same pain even if their financial situation is different.
S.E. Hinton really shows the importance of accepting others throughout this book. Loyalty and friendship are also a big part of this story especially with Johnny who was willing to put himself at risk to save Ponyboy’s life. The Greasers in general are also a good example of true friendship because they defended each other against the Socs. Hinton also incorporates the harsh reality rivalries through the death of many of the main characters and how it can affect others.

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maharshi_m2005
Mar 19, 2021

Ponyboy is a member of the Greaser gang. He is a bright kid but is surrounded by a whole family of friends who would do anything for him. The Socs are the Greasers' rival gang, consisting of rich kids who spend time picking on the Greasers. One night, Johnny takes a daring leap to save him and Ponyboy from being killed by the Socs. Johnny and Ponyboy flee to hide from the cops. The relationship between the gang members proves to be an interesting story as the story progresses. The external and internal conflicts for characters like Ponyboy and Dally provide an interesting story, making The Outsiders a great read.

ArapahoeCarmen Feb 17, 2021

Re-read this classic and enjoyed it all over again! Told in first person by main character Ponyboy, it tells the story of the life of a teenager and the struggles that he goes through. You can see how the lives of the "greasers" and the "socials" are no different with the exception of finances. They all go through the same struggles of rejection and peer pressures. I read this when I was in Jr. High and re-read it now that I am a lot older and these two struggles are still factors in many teenager's lives. Even though it is fiction, I have recommended it to my growing nephews.

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sanahbhardwaj
Jan 21, 2021

S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders" is a beautiful encapsulation of the coming of age of neglected teens and the angst they hold toward the visibly unfair world. Hinton's tale features the Greasers: Ponyboy, Sodapop, Johnny, Dally, Darry, Steve, and Two-Bit. Each of these "rebel" teens, with their own special relationships with each other, learn about the horrors of class separatism in their own ways. They each face their own neglect and foster their own journeys through a world that wants nothing to do with them. Through these individual journeys, the Greasers become more than friends -- they become brothers. "The Outsiders" is a raw, accurate tale of teen angst and neglect as well as how grief brings people closer together.

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mscurrier1
Jan 14, 2021

I recently read this book, and I loved it instantly.
I have heard people say that this book has no plot, or that the characters don’t act realistic, but the characters act exactly like teenagers do act, and the fact that it seems to have no plot is because it really doesn’t; it’s Ponyboy’s story, and it follows his life, and the book doesn’t end at the end of his life, instead he tells us about a certain part of his life, and I think that is why it rings so true to so many.
Stay gold....

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cheyenne_31
Dec 30, 2020

I have always been a really huge fan of the outsiders. When I found out that there was a second book I knew that I had to reread from the very beginning of the first book

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moshimoshiimjay
Dec 19, 2020

This is a great book, Reminds me of the warriors. i would recommend this to 7th-8th and maybe 9th graders. very action pact and suspenseful. 10/10 for me.

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sofiathomas013
Dec 19, 2020

Of course this book is a classic and everyone should read it, but I recommend it especially to fellow teenagers (if you haven't already read it for school), because it shows what can go wrong after mistakes that seem like they are no big deal. Once you get involved with a crime there is no going back, and decisions that seem small can be extremely weighty. This book will teach you the importance of friendship over “coolness,” and the importance of commitment to having a friend’s back. If you have made the decision to be loyal to someone, it can be hard to make good choices, though. It is even harder to watch someone die. Read this book to enter the lives of Pony Boy, Dally, Soda Pop, and Johnny.

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AlexaLe
Nov 29, 2020

A rivalry between two groups is a fairly common plot line; as a result, what the author does with it is what makes a novel truly special. The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton, offers an interesting take on this trope. Set in 1960’s Oklahoma, the story is one of the rivalry between the Greasers and the Socials, as they perpetually battle for dominance. It focuses on the lives of three Greasers, Johnny, Ponyboy, and Dallas. After Johnny and Ponybody get into a fight with a few Socials, resulting in the death of a Social, they must escape and are forced into hiding with Dallas. They encounter a variety of difficulties as they attempt to navigate this new life of crime, and must deal with the consequences of their violent actions.

This novel is certainly action-packed and always has you on the edge of your seat. I especially like how it is almost an unexpected coming-of-age story in the worst circumstances, for as the novel develops, the characters gradually become more mature and lose their innocence. It does not glorify violence like so much of what is shown in the media today; instead, it emphasizes how one must pay for their criminal actions if they so choose to enact violence. It does not result in a happy ending for many, modeling the reality of the world. The novel becomes that much more amazing when you realize that Hinton wrote that novel when she was still in high school, offering a fresh take on a teenage gang rivalry.

Since this novel is mainly read in junior high, it is generally safe to read for those at least twelve years old and above. If you do not enjoy reading about topics regarding violence and gang rivalry, then this may not be the novel for you. Overall, I enjoyed the novel as a realistic take on the idea that actions have consequences.

Age rating: 12+
Star rating: 4 stars

pacl_teens Nov 23, 2020

This book, The Outsiders, is very compelling and you can interact with it while reading it. It has a lot of crazy and fun parts so it keeps you entertained the entire time. This book is based of almost true story, the author lived through this time and decided to write about it. The book is about Ponyboy and his life as a Greaser and the many hardships him, and his friends endure when trying to survive. Ponyboy and his friends teach us readers about the life of always looking over your shoulder.
I really recommend this book because it can teach you a lot and takes you through a emotional journey about relationships, deaths, fights and many more. -Taiya, Grade 9

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njjs
Jul 22, 2016

"Things are rough all over."
Cherry Valance
The Outsiders

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Polo9203
Jul 21, 2016

"You get tough like me and you don't get hurt, you watch out for yourself, and nothing can touch you." -Dallas Winston

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Joyce_Ng
Jun 24, 2016

“Things are rough all over.”
― Cherry Valance, The Outsiders

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Marihyd
Jun 21, 2016

"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie I only had two things on my mind: Paul Newman and the ride home."

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blue_cat_689_
Jun 09, 2016

"Are you Heros"

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Nads_vb_is_life
May 26, 2016

" Stay Gold Ponyboy.... Stay Gold"

- Johnny Cade

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MJWgriz09
Jul 30, 2015

Stay Gold
Ponyboy
Stay Gold

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ashleyd13
Jun 30, 2015

Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

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laralein321
Jun 30, 2015

"Stay Gold Ponyboy, Stay Gold"

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brown_elephant_18
Jun 22, 2015

"stay gold ponyboy, stay gold"

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Apr 13, 2021

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Nov 09, 2020

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Painuly999
Aug 15, 2020

Painuly999 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Aug 04, 2020

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Jul 15, 2020

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gurleen03
Jul 07, 2020

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Zaynabbokhari
Nov 24, 2019

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sfleet
Aug 29, 2018

sfleet thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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GrammyFD
Mar 22, 2021

Other: Some mature content.

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GrammyFD
Mar 22, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Fighting scenes.

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GrammyFD
Mar 22, 2021

Violence: Killing, attempted killing.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Violence: Knife-fighting.

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aethea
Feb 24, 2014

Other: Most of the kids smoke regularly, and I believe there's a mention of drugs.

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MADKC4Ever
Feb 15, 2014

Violence: Just fighting, and a lot of talk about beating each other up, or pulling out pocketknives.

TheOutsidersFanatic Oct 05, 2012

Coarse Language: Gotta love Dallas Winston! XD But yeah, I mean, kids of this generation probably have heard the words PLENTY of times, but its still there.

TheOutsidersFanatic Oct 05, 2012

Violence: The Rumble, Johnny and Bob, Pony and Socs, okay, so there's a lot of fighting.....but it's still beyond amazing!

TheOutsidersFanatic Oct 05, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The church burning

Ninja_Kevin Jun 18, 2012

Violence: the Greasers and the Socs.

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TheRedQueen
Mar 01, 2019

Warning: Spoiler alert!

The Outsiders, a novel by S.E Hinton is a thrilling, emotional, and tragic adventure. The story of the Greasers and the Socs is told from the perspective of Ponyboy Curtis, a young greaser. Although he has the hair and clothes of a gangster, he has the heart of a learner and loves books and films. In this book Ponyboy goes on an amazing adventure from hanging out with some lady Socs, to running from the police. Pulling off a daring rescue, only to have a loved one die.
The story of The Outsiders takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma the hometown of S.E Hinton. Ponyboy lives with 2 older brothers, their parents having been killed in an accident. The greaser gang is very close, you could even call them a family. During rescues and rumbles they repeatedly prove their loyalty to each other in numerous ways. Running from the police causes more danger than they thought, and with the death of a beloved friend comes the insanity and death of another.
When you first start the book, it seems as though it would be very violent. But once you read a bit more you realize it’s really a story about finding yourself, and about relationships and how hard it can be to live the life of a Greaser.
During this well told tale Ponyboy struggles to find his true self. He lives the life of a greaser, but dreams of something more.
One of the key themes I found in this book is that we’re all human. They aren't just 'that Soc’, or ‘that Greaser.’ Everyone has their own personalities and characteristics, even if they can't or won't show it. And that was one of my favourite things about the book.
The Outsiders is really well written and detailed down to every paragraph. The book being written through Ponyboy’s eyes and ears makes it a lot easier for teens and young adults to relate to the story. Also, there is swearing but it only suggests that someone swore, so that made it, for me, a much more enjoyable book than if it had actual swearing.
I really enjoyed this story. It’s so well told you have trouble putting it down, especially at the most dramatic parts. But really there’s only violence because it tells the story, and the book wouldn't be the same without it. I would definitely recommend this book to all young adults and teens who are looking for an excellent, adventurous, yet realistic book or for those who are pressured by society and peers. This book was really interesting for me and sad too, but it teaches a very good lesson, though depending on the person the moral might be a bit different.

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laralein321
Jun 30, 2015

A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers hate the Soc, a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a fight that ends in the death of a Soc member, the boys are forced to go and hide. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with the intense Dallas and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.

blue_jellyfish_93 Jun 16, 2014

The Greasers and Socs have been rivals for years. Two gangs, two sides, two classes, and one war. Ponyboy is part of the Greasers. One day when coming home late, his brother Darry gets angry and slaps him. Upon running away and almost getting drowned in a fountain by a Soc, Johnny (his friend) accidentally stabs and kills the Soc to prevent Ponyboy from dying. Now they are on the run. After hiding out in a church and changing their identity, Dallas finds them. At the end, when Johnny dies and Dally kills himself in his anger of his death, Ponyboy knows that in life there are ups and downs. Even if they were outsiders they would exist. Forever.

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider.

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BieberFever108
Oct 18, 2012

This story is about a gang of friends, particularly one member, that live in the poor side of town. The poor side is dangerous and looked down upon. Teens that inhabit the poor side are called "Greasers", due to all the product they put in their hair and how poor they are. The "Greasers" tend to get in fights, drink alcohol, and cause trouble. The "Greasers" main enemy are the "Socs" (Socialites), richer kids from the nice side of town. Both groups fight constantly and they treat each other horribly.
The one member of the gang of "Greasers" that the story focuses on is PonyBoy Curtis. PonyBoy doesn't like fighting and doesn't really fit in with the other "Greasers." The problem is thats all he has ever known. He goes to a movie with a couple of the gang and two of the "Soc" girls are there. PonyBoy makes acquaintances with one of the girls and the girl's boyfriend happens to catch PonyBoy with the girl. Later Pony boy is with a friend and the boyfriend of the girl starts beating PonyBoy and Johnny (the friend) up. In self defense Johnny accidentally kills the boyfriend...... This starts a Feud between the two groups if there wasn't already one.

Kadie2 Jun 27, 2012

Ponyboy Curtis is on the bad side of town. The side where people are looked down on, where the cops pull over especially just to pick on you because of the way you look. Faced with being smart in a world where smart is bad, poor in a world where poor is bad, and the rut of all his family and friends, he makes some bad decisions might not be so bad in the end.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 18, 2012

Yes, I did like this book I also agree with Miguel because I can picture like a movie in my head for the whole book. We have just finished a book called, “The Outsiders” by S.E. a realistic-fiction book. In this book the protagonist is Ponyboy and he is a greaser. Ponyboy also has a gang, he also have friends that are in the gang. Some of his friends are Two Bit, Dally, Darry, Soda boy, and Johnny. There is another gang called the Soc. The soc hated the greasers because the greasers have long and greasy hair. The soc also look at them like there are poor. The greasers look at them like they are rich because the soc have blue mustangs, corvairs, and etc. The problem in the book is that the greasers are keeping on getting jumped by the soc. One time Ponyboy and Johnny went to the park to have a talk and a corvair pulled up. One of the soc tried to drown Ponyboy; however, Johnny had a switch blade and killed him and pulled Ponyboy out from the water. The rest of the soc ran back to their corvairs and sped away. Ponyboy was surprised what Johnny had done, he saw that there was a body laying there and a whole pool of blood. Johnny had to escape out of this town other wise the police would come after him and send him to prison for the rest of his life, Ponyboy and Johnny didn’t want that to happen so they went to Dally for advice. After when they had escaped, Dally gave them a gun, money, and Dally’s leather jacket. Dally gave his leather jacket to Ponyboy. When Ponyboy and Johnny got to the place that Dally had told them to go, which was a very old church. They had lived there, then Dally came to meet them and invited to a restaurant to talk. After that when they came back to the church, the church was on fire with some little kids inside it. The people had told Ponyboy and Johnny that they went on for a picnic and all of a sudden a fire had started. Ponyboy and Johnny had rushed in to save the kids after that a big piece of amber fell onto Johnny’s back. Ponyboy’s back was on fire but he didn’t feel it because Dally had given him a leather jacket. Dally ran in and knocked Ponyboy out because his back was on fire and carried Johnny out of the burning church. (I am going to end here because I don’t want to give away the ending.)

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

In mid-1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Greasers are a gang of tough, low-income teens. They include Ponyboy Curtis (Howell) and his two older brothers, Soda (Lowe) and Darry (Swayze), as well as Johnny Cade (Macchio), Dally Winston (Dillon), Two-Bit Matthews (Estevez), and Steve Randle (Cruise). Their rivalry is with the Socs (pronounced "soashes"), a gang of wealthier kids.

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henein
Aug 11, 2011

Ponyboy Curtis, the fourteen-year-old narrator, lives with his older brothers Sodapop and Darry, since their parents passed away in a car accident. They are all members of a Greaser gang, meaning they are considered hoods or juvenile delinquents by society. Other than being financially and socially disadvantaged, the Greasers' main problem is getting jumped by the Socs, the rich kids from the West Side. The other members of the Greaser gang are Johnny Cade, Dally Winston, Two-Bit Mathews, and Steve Randle.

Later that night, Ponyboy and Johnny accidentally fall asleep in their favorite vacant lot. Ponyboy runs home, but when Darry scolds him and hits him for the first time, he goes back to find Johnny. They are jumped by Bob, Randy, and other Socs, and during the fight Johnny stabs and kills Bob to stop him from drowning Ponyboy in a fountain. Panicked, Ponyboy and Johnny find Dally, who they know will help them. He gives them some money and a gun and tells them to get on a train to Windrixville and hide out in a deserted church.

Ponyboy and Johnny stay at the church for about a week, during which time they cut off their long Greaser hair as a disguise and subsist mainly on baloney. Dally comes to meet them eventually, and takes them out to get burgers. While they are out, Johnny decides to turn himself in. But when the characters get back to the church, they find it's on fire. A school group had been having a picnic there, and some children are trapped inside. Ponyboy and Johnny run in and save the children, but Johnny is caught across the back by a burning piece of timber.

Soda and Darry come to the hospital to pick up Ponyboy, and they learn that Dally's arm is burned and Johnny is in critical condition. The boys go home because there is a rumble against the Socs that they need to attend. Ponyboy feels sick, but decides to go to the rumble anyway. Dally escapes from the hospital to fight in the rumble, and the Greasers win.

Dally takes Ponyboy back to the hospital to visit Johnny, who is dying. Before he dies, Johnny tells Ponyboy, "Stay gold," meaning he shouldn't lose the innocence of childhood, and should avoid becoming hardened like Dally. Dally is extremely emotional after Johnny's death, since he loved Johnny, and runs off. Ponyboy is feeling even sicker, but has to go home and tell the rest of the gang that Johnny is dead.

Dally calls the Curtis house from a payphone to say that he's robbed a grocery store and the cops are chasing him. The whole gang runs to the vacant lot, and sees Dally approaching from the other side, followed by cop cars. Dally pulls out his gun on the cops, and they shoot him, killing him. Ponyboy passes out and is delirious and sick for the rest of the weekend.

He wakes up in bed, and is in denial over Johnny's death. He has to go to court to testify about the events surrounding it, and is acquitted and allowed to continue living with Darry and Soda, rather than being sent to a boys' home. But things are not the same for him; his world is upside-down, and his grades start to slip. Darry confronts Ponyboy and brings up his failing grades, and a huge fight commences between them. Soda is upset by all the fighting, and runs out of the house.

Darry and Ponyboy find Soda in the vacant lot, and he tells them he can't stand how they fight all the time, since they'll only survive if they stick together. All they have is each other. Darry and Ponyboy hadn't realized their fighting upset Soda so much, and they vow to get along and take care of each other. Ponyboy has to decide what to write about for his semester theme in English class, and he decides to write The Outsiders as a warning to other boys at risk to turn their lives around before it's too late.

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