The Outsiders

by S. E. Hinton

Hardcover, 2006

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Viking Books for Young Readers (2006), Edition: Platinum ed., 224 pages


The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.

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I enjoyed the book the Outsiders. I liked this book because it shows two seperate societes(greaser and the socs) can make make people very divided. But the strange thing is is that some of the people from each group don't want to be either and are similar in their ideas. This wass shown best
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through Cherrry and Ponyboy. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes a good book
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"The outsiders" was published in 1967, written by a 16 year old girl from US that was trying to write about the reality about teenagers on their hometowns. Ponyboy Curtis is the principal character. A 14 year old guy from "Tulsa" with two older brothers named Sodapop and Darry. Their parents just
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died on an accident, they didn't had much money and were bullied and beaten by a group of rich guys. Ponyboy and his brothers had a group with other two friends named Dallas Winston (Dally) and Johnny Cade. This group fight with the rich guys group. Once, they were at the movies and met some girls that acted friendly with them and talked with them but whe they go out from the movies Ponyboy and the group find out that the girls had boyfriends and the boyfriends were part of the rich group..This meant MORE FIGHT! My mood, or feeling for the story of the book changed when Johnny wanted to die and actually died. I think sometimes be a criminal it's not something you want to do, sometimes it's an obligation. UNKNOWN WORDS. *Madras: a light cotton fabric of various weaves especially one inmulticolored plaid or stripes, used in clothes. Noun. pg. 5 *Gallantly, adv: Smartly or boldly stylish. pg 39 *Shuddered, verb: To vibrate; quiver. pg 65 *Huddled, verb: To crowd together, as from cold or fear. pg 80 *Pleaded, verb: To appeal earnestly. pg 124
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Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. 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 "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far. Susan Eloise
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Hinton's acclaimed first novel, The Outsiders, was originally published in 1967 when she was a freshman in college and is as powerful now as it was then. She wrote it in response to a "greaser" friend of hers getting beaten up by a gang of "socs" and all the characters she says are "loosely based" on the people she knew growing up.
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LibraryThing member Joe61493
As I sat down to read, The Outsiders by S.C. Hinton, and thought that this book would be just a fast, boring book, and that I would probably not get much from it. I was proven wrong; this book was one of the best books that I have read all summer.
It was interesting to read about this small portion
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of the population in America that doesn’t have everything, that doesn’t have the ability to get into high quality schools, or can barely afford to put food on the table. As an upper middle class citizen, or in other words an “insider,” I am not exposed to this type of lifestyle, and can’t really relate much too how the Greasers feel. They kind of label themselves as outsiders, because of how they can’t do certain things, and how they go about getting supplies they need to be able to survive. The one thing that I can relate myself to the outsiders is that we both have the same desire to better ourselves, and our lives.
At certain points in everyone’s lives they have probably felt like, outsiders, for example when I moved to Virginia from Pennsylvania I kind of felt like an outsider, because I came from a different state, and people were more different in Virginia than they were in Pennsylvania. Another way you could view yourself as an outsider, is the social classes within a high school, like you’re a very smart person who likes reading and is less popular, and then some person who is popular comes by and insults you, and belittles you making you feel like an outsider. Even though all these examples make a person an outsider, it only makes them an outsider for a little while, the Greasers will view themselves as outsiders their whole lives because they have had experiences that most of us will never have to deal with.
Another way we could relate to the Greasers is that we all have a sense of family, and that we would do anything for family, like when Dally (Dallas) helped Ponyboy and Johnny run away after they had killed a soc. Even though not everyone in their “gang” was family, they still treated each other like they were, especially in the case of Johnny whose actual family treated him horribly. This sense of friendship to the point where you and your friends are like family is also common in close friends, and small schools.
The Outsiders, is an extremely well written book that makes you like the characters to the point when, if one of them dies, it makes you upset and feel for the people who are affected by their deaths. The Outsiders is a book that everyone should read, it shows a glimpse of a life that some think is a story or a myth, and to others is a reality. This book has taught me to value the life I have and to be relieved that we don’t have to worry about being jumped or being shot at. When a book makes me want to read it over and over again, I know it’s a great book and that everyone should read it.
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LibraryThing member benuathanasia
How do you make a murder and a fire boring? I dunno, but Hinton successfully managed it for me. Just about everything in the book is spelled out for the reader by Hinton (through Ponyboy), allowing the reader little room for personal discovery. Each character revelation is presented basically by
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saying, "so-and-so is like this because of this event I may or may not have mentioned earlier." The book took far too long to become interesting for me and then it was over. I doubt I'll be reading any of Hinton's other works.
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LibraryThing member sb631
We have read so many book in school, and this is my favorite! It was such a good book.

The Outsiders is about two rival gangs, the Socs and the Greasers. We also see three brothers (Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darrel) who live together after their parents died. Darrel is the oldest and tries his best to take
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care of his brother. Each brother is struggling to find themselves.

This was such an amazing novel. A lot happens to these characters that make them who they are. You feel for each character in different ways. While this book is sad, it is still an enjoyable book. I think everyone should read it! This was also made into a movie, and that was great as well!
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LibraryThing member YAbookfest
Pony Boy Curtis is a greaser, one of the kids from the wrong side of town, yet he is sensitive, brave, and smart. He runs into trouble with the Socs, the more affluent kids who are out to get the greasers and, especially when drunk, don't hesitate to violently attack any greaser they can get their
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hands on.

Pony Boy has other troubles, too. He is an orphan, being raised by an older brother who is desperate to keep his brothers together and protect them, but doesn't always know the best way to achieve that.

After Pony Boy and his friend Johnny find themselves in deep trouble, they run away with the help of one of their toughest friends. In the midst of this crisis, they prove to be heroes, at great personal cost.

S.E. Hinton wrote this novel when she was a teen herself. It is remarkably moving and, in spite of seeming somewhat dated, is consistently a favorite of young adult readers.
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LibraryThing member mcollier
I love this book! It is so real and cool. My favorite character is honestly Dally because he is always so sarcastic and such a smart alec. He really made me laugh. Sodapop is my other favorite because he is so laid back. I love how he really just goes with the flow, and the conversations he has
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with Darry and Pony at the end of the book is so heartfelt! One of the best book I've read in a while. :)
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LibraryThing member WeeziesBooks
“The Outsiders” is a YA books written in the late 60's. I picked it up to read at the recommendation of two different young men who were looking for the book because their English teacher was reading it aloud to their class. I had not read Hinton for many years and found the storyline of the
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book is still current and relevant today. This is a story of boys, raising themselves and getting their support and family from the other members of the gang. Rumbles, girls, loyalty and the different faces of family and love all are played out in this touching story of young men growing up in a difficult time.
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LibraryThing member Egaray
The Outsiders
The United States is a nation of insiders; middle class citizens who have what they need. I consider myself to be an insider. Reading about what it’s like to be an outsider is alluring. Being considered an insider, it is hard to relate to the characters, though there are times
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everyone feels like an outcast. I have experienced this feeling. I recommend this novel to anyone who has ever felt that they are an outcast.
Though I am an insider, in many people’s eyes, I know what it’s like to feel like an outcast. There are times when I have felt as though I don’t belong, like I’m insufficient compared to all other people. Insiders and outsiders aren’t all that different. In the book, The Outsiders are a group of kids that call themselves Greasers, and the insiders are a group that call themselves the Socs. Both groups are different, but in some ways similar. Both groups would risk their own lives to save one of their friends. This sense of loyalty rises above whether you’re an insider or not. Insiders and outsiders also share one feature; they have dreams, goals, and want to find a way to better themselves.
The Outsiders is an exceptional book that is written with so much power you feel as though you know the characters personally. I love reading, but it’s a rare occasion when I stumble upon a book that makes me cry; The Outsiders is one of these books. S.E. Hinton is an incredible writer captivating millions, including me, with his story of tragedy and dilemma. The Outsiders is my all time favorite book written with such power, you feel as though you are another character in the book. I suggest this book to anyone and everyone that is looking for a book to read.
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LibraryThing member NickSerra
When it was first published in 1967, "The Outsiders" defied convention with its immediate, deeply sympathetic portrayal of Ponyboy and his struggle to find a place for himself in a difficult world. Thirty years later, it speaks to teenagers as powerfully as ever
LibraryThing member endersreads
I first read "The Outsiders" in 7th Grade. I was very much attracted to the idea of carrying around switchblades, and I blazed through the book. I knew that I was an Outsider and that I always would be. The parallels in Ponyboy's world to mine were unmistakable; and as always is--and will always
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will be--the determining factor between classes is money. With the intelligent application of money, power may be attained, along with all the other perks of a raised status. This has not happened to me. I am still poor. I became the greaser of my generation: a skateboarding "Im A Loser Baby So Why Don't You Kill Me" of the 90s. It was a unique time in history, yet, like Ponyboy, even this "title" was not adequate to represent who I was. I'm glad I got through it without killing anyone (that I know of). I knew many Dally's of the world, and like Johnny, I wish to relate to them--whichever side of town they are in (certainly we have many more sides of town than Ponyboy could have imagined)--that "There's still a lot of good in the world". Not till many years later did I find out why some parts of "The Outsiders" made me nauseous: S.E. Hinton is a woman! The switchblades are a gimmick for little boys! It's the kind of story I never would have read were it not for the switchblades!
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LibraryThing member hexenlibrarian
Sadly, I wasn't as impressed with this book as everyone else seems to be. Maybe it was the voice actor on the audio book, maybe I'm just hard to please.I found it vaguely reminiscent of Cry Baby with Johnny Depp, but not funny. I don't think it's bad, or anything, I was just a little let down. I
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expected something powerful and heart-wrenching, but for me, it fell short. But, 3 stars. Not bad in the least, but not my favorite. I am glad I read it though.
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LibraryThing member LibraryOMidas
Rich vs. poor, Greasers vs. Socs, that's the central war in this powerful and moving story. The fight for who is the better ends in tragic circumstances out of which we see the true meanings of friendship and love. This was a great story that will continue to carry it's weight throughout time.
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Perfect for anyone any age to read. I highly recommend this to everyone.
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LibraryThing member lostinabook3
This is a fantastic book, especially when you consider that it was written by a seventeen year old! The characters really come to life and, as a reader, you really begin to feel for the characters as they go through the trauma of poverty, gang warfare, murder and going on the run. The key theme of
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friendship is so powerful!

The first book that ever made me cry!
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LibraryThing member KatelynRawr13
This book is about a gang in Tulsa, Oklahoma... and people refer to them as the "Greasers". They have long, Greasy hair, and their only rival is the Socials (Socs). The Socs are richer, and they tend to think they are better than the Greasers. Some of the gang members get into trouble, and
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eveything changes. It is a really good book... and you should definately read it (:
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LibraryThing member nizmart
One of the few books I really enjoyed reading in middle school, I have since bought my own copy and read it a few times. Something about this book connected with most of my classmates and students who usually didn't read actually enjoyed this one, a testament to how it connected with students and
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adults alike.
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LibraryThing member josephanthonycook
this is a good book
LibraryThing member FrenchMonkey
I read this book in high school which was a long time ago. I picked up this book again after straightening it during shelving. Man, does this story hold up. It is still as fresh, interesting, and touching as ever.
LibraryThing member melydia
Ponyboy Curtis is a Greaser, a member of a gang, an enemy of the Socs (short for Socials). I kind of wish I'd read this back in middle school before I'd encountered a hundred other stories just like it. The rival social groups, the brawling that goes too far, and even the killing off of characters
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rather than having them face the difficult (and potentially interesting) consequences of their actions - nothing came as a surprise. It's even told from the point of view of the character who is unusually smart and bookish, a stereotype which detracts a bit from the realism for me. I understand why this shortcut is so often taken by authors (who are often smart and bookish) to elicit sympathy from the reader (who is also often smart and bookish), but I would have rather heard from Soda or even Two-Bit, Greasers who were more participants than observers. The teenager narrative voice is realistic, which is kind of to be expected considering how much has been made of the fact that the author was only 16 when she wrote it. I'm not saying this is a bad book - far from it. It's certainly something I would recommend to young adults. I just felt like I'd read it before, that's all.
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LibraryThing member MDLady
Not just another book about dueling opposite sides of the track. A great read and reread.
LibraryThing member lfeitosa
The book I chose to do my review on is called The Outsiders by SE Hinton. This book is about a group of boys who are in a gang called the greasers. They live in a small town in Oklahoma. The story is mainly about Ponyboy (the narrator) and Johnny pony boys friend. There are also many other
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characters that play a key part in this story.

During this story Pony goes through alot from a killing to fights and fires. He also narrates it through his perspective. The greasers have a rival gang called the socs or socials which live on the other side of town. To begin this story Pony Johnny and dally go to watch a movie where they meet a couple of socs girls. Well after a while of talking the boys decide to walk with the girls and that is when some of the socs's gang members see them and start making trouble. But luckily ponyboys friends come and the socs back off and let them be.

After the fiasco after the movie Pony decides to go home and there his brother yells at him and Pony runs away because he hates fighting all the time with his brothers. Well after this Pony goes the park that is by his house and he meets Johnny there because Johnny ran away from his abusive parents. At the park the boys are talking about running away when they see a car pull up. Well inside this car was the socs and they were all drunk at this time and start fighting with the boys. They got the boys and tried to drown them in a fountain but johnny pulls out his knife and kills the one drowning Pony.

When Pony wakes up (he was knocked out from the water) he sees the blood in the pool and sees johnny sitting there crying. So he helps him up and he goes to see dally. They tell dally what happened and dally helps them out by taking them to an abandoned church. He gives them money and a gun in case they needed to protect themselves.They stayed at the church for a while until Dally comes to get them. When dally got them they went to eat then went back to the church to get their stuff but the church was on fire and there were kids trapped inside. So johnny and Pony run inside to go save the kids and they almost die but dally, helps out and they get out but Johnny and dally are burned very badly from the fire.

The boys all go to the hospital where johnny and ally are taken in to see the doctors. Pony is the only one who never got badly hurt from the fire. Well Pony's brother comes and picks him up and they treat him very differently when he gets back. Day after day pony goes to the hospital and checks on his friends Johnny is burned so badly that he cannot walk or move and Pony reads him a book everyday. While all this is happening both gangs are preparing for the brawl that is coming up. On the night of the brawl Pony heads over to the field where it will take place. Pony and the entire gang are there except dally who is nowhere to be seen. Well the socs show up and out of nowhere dally shows up and starts this brawl. Well at the end of the brawl all the socs run away in defeat and the Greasers win so dally and pony go to the hospital to tell johnny. When they get there Johnny is very sick and hurt so Pony only sees him for about ten minutes before he dies. Before he died he told Pony one thing "Stay Gold". And when dally saw he was dead he lost it. He went and robbed a store and got shot then the police chased him to a park where they shot him down and he died also.

That how this book ended with happiness and sorrow. The theme of this story I think was about true friendship and the struggle in life that some teens go through such as death and loss. The characters all play a key part in this book with each one helping in sometime during the story. I didn't see what the plot was other than gangs and friendship. The setting made this book really believable and I think it helped with how everything played out in this small town where gangs like this are real and this does happen. All together the book a was a good one and I would recommend it to anyone. It has also taught me that when things go wrong family is always there for you no matter what.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
A real eye-opener for a sheltered white girl from rural Wisconsin. I immediately read the rest of Hinton's youth books, and re-read this.
LibraryThing member lhunt314
Ponyboy Curtis lives with his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. He gets good grades but is still considered a greaser. Greasers and Socs fight, and one day Pony is walking with his friend Johnny and is jumped by the Socs. Johnny kills one of them in self-defense, and the two friends hideout in the
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country. They eventually decide to turn themselves in, and when the find their hideout in flames and children trapped inside, they rush in to save them. The boys become heroes, Johnny is paralyzed and then dies, and Pony has to overcome his grief and get on with his life.
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LibraryThing member leah152
I love this book!
I remember reading it in highschool although I don't remember loving it as much as I do now. This is actually a recent re-read for me as I found an extremely battered copy in a donation of books last year & read it on a whim & fell in love with it. Unfortunately it was way too
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battered to actually keep (that former student had actually burnt their copy). Then wouldn't you know it? I found the copy I just finished reading in the Narrogin op shop last year (with the exact same cover I had!) with the name of, I'm assuming, a former NSHS student. Shame on you JR of P4 for getting rid of your copy of such an awesome book & thankyou at the same time lol!
Ponyboy, Sodapop (yes that is their real names) & Darry Curtis are greasers from the wrong side of town, constantly at war with the Socs, the law and society in general. One night after a good fight with Darry, Ponyboy runs away & gets tangled up in events that change him forever....
Did I say I love this book? Well, I do. It's one of those books that you love so much it's a bit hard to articulate what you love so much about it but I'll have a go.
The first thing that stands out about this book are the descriptions which are so vivid. The story is also really relatable. I'm pretty sure everyone could relate to it on one level or another. The story goes along at a cracking rate & the climax moments hit you right in the guts. The writing isn't exactly lyrical but its clear & straight to the point which is probably why teachers the world over are still putting this in the curriculum. Pony's narration makes it all the more real with his vulnerability as well. This is going on my favourites shelf for sure.
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LibraryThing member jschlei101
The quintessenial coming of age story and so much more amazing that it was written by a 17 year old girl.
LibraryThing member ahooper04
Great read for any teen. It deals with stereotypes, peer pressure, and the power of genuine friendship
LibraryThing member shrubbery
It's not hard to see this was written by a teenager - cliched storytelling, a lack of skill with dialogue, ordinary prose, and regular dollops of unintentional humour. Very poor. Its critical reputation is baffling. It didn't convince me for a second.




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