The Outsiders by S. E. HintonThe Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Outsiders

byS. E. Hinton

Paperback | September 1, 1988

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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

New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book
Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Winner of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award
S. E. Hinton is the author of a number of bestselling and beloved books for young adults, including THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW; RUMBLE FISH, TEX, and of course, THE OUTSIDERS, which was written when she was just 16 years old. She has also written several picture books, a collection of short stories, and a novel for adults. She lives in...
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Title:The OutsidersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 0.59 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014038572X

ISBN - 13:9780140385724

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic It caught my attention almost immediately and I could not put it down. Great read.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic story I first read this back in middle school for a book report project. Recently was struck with a need to reread it, went out a bought a copy. It absolutely held up! Definitely recommend this novel.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I judged it by it's cover! I had it read in it eighth grade and I loved the story and the characters!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Actually A Really Good Book! Had to read this book for school and surprisingly enjoyed it. Didn't think this was something I would ever read but glad I did. Way better than the movie!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my top ten Never read this book for school, but I seen the movie and had to read the novel for myself. I can easily say it is one of the best books I've ever read. Great coming-of-age story with relatable characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I've Read for School I had to read this for eight grade english class and I flew through it and almost spoiled it for the rest of the class because all I wanted to do was talk about it!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Suprised. This isn't normally the type of book I would pick up but I had to read it for school. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Outsiders A classic story, loved the friendships. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Its an alright book I read this book and liked it but didn't exactly love it, it had some thrilling parts but didn't always have me hooked.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant classic An incredible book that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Classic book. Read it first in high school and loved it. Read it again last year and it still had the same effect! Great character development and I would recommend this book to everyone
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing How could anyone not love this book, amazing. i think its a go to kind of book. always good no matter how many times you read it, everyone should have this book.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Great! I judge it by the cover! We had to read it in grade 8 and it has been one of my favorite books ever since! I love the storyline and all the characters!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was always afraid when reading books for school, but I absolutely loved this book. It was fantastic!
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as I was led to believe! Almost all my friends gushed about this book back when we were all in middle school but it never interested me. I finally read it years later and LOVED IT! The characters are so charming and I got so attached to them. This book made me smile and tear up all at once. I will say, it is very obvious that this was written by a 16 year old, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I've read this book a million times I aboslutely love it. It never gets old.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good story This is a very good story got to read it in high school and never regret doing so.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ousiders I absolutely love this book. Such a great plot and characters. A fantastic read.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is the best book This book is a page turner and has to be one of the best books ever wrote!! read it the first time in 9th grade and it is still just as good as i remember
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story This book was such a fun and easy read. The characters were easy to love and the author did an amazing job of making the reader feel like they are a part of the story.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites Really easy to read but at the same time has deep concepts and well developed characters
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I loved this book and its characters. Great read with interesting twists and turns.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'Classic' read! I loved this book! It was really interesting, and actually dealt with some real life issues. People of all ages are sure to enjoy this book.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Outsiders I remember first reading this book when I was in middle school, and since then I've read this book multiple times. It's a story that never gets old.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of my favourite classics ever!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it !!! everyone should read this book at least 10 times in their life
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic one of my favorite quick and short book to read
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iconic. Absolutely love I read this because I heard so many positive reviews about it and loved it! Really loved this one. The real life characters, the beautiful writing and the important topics discussed were pleasant to read. It's not just YA, it's relatable to EVERYONE. Anyone can read this and love it. Everything about the Greasers and their life was captivating. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from overrated Matt Dillon in the movie maybe. Book form--no.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best stories I love this story so much, has great characters and a compelling story.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Good Book!!!! You've got to read this book! its so amazing, i cant describe it! Really relates to society and shows the inequality within our world! It also shows such a strong bond between the "greasers", I mean being greasers was what united them in the first place, and the socs UGHHH THOSE SOCS! so charming yet so mean!!! Anyway you've got to read this book!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite!! I first read this book in the 7th and 8th grade for class, over a decade ago. Then again, for class in the 10th grade. Owned the movie for countless years thereafter. It is by far one of my favourite books!! I love feeling like I'm right in that decade as it's by far my favourite. And the message of the story is inspiring. This is a story I'll forever cherish.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CLASSIC this book has the perfect amount of Laughter,Sadness and reality mixed in i would recomend this book to everyone even if they dont like to read!!!!!!!!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favourite! The Outsiders is my favourite book ever. It's simple to read so I can read it whenever and in one sitting a lot of the time! It's so well written and the characters really are unique.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Changed how I saw the world I read this book over 15 years ago and it still impacts my daily thoughts and values. The message and story are raw and real. A great read.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool read This was an enjoyable book with a bunch of awesome characters!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so amazing this book was awesome and really makes you think about things differently I loved it soo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the book has inspired me to try and be a better person A WARNING THIS BOOK IS EXCTREAMLY SAD I CRIED THE LAST 3RD OF THE BOOK
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from did not like it It felt incredibly rushed but was still boring and books don't bore me easily. I just really thought that it was bad.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I first read this book in the 7th grade. It left a withstanding impact on me and sparked my interest in reading.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oldie but Goodie This book is really good and I highly recommend it for anyone. I used it as a novel study in school and it just enhanced my liking of the novel. It's filled with strong characters and strong emotions.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from the outsiders Great book, rather small edition.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book Simple but amazing. The writing is quit realistic although the book dragged at points and that just disappointed me. however I think that the ending made up fr that.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This is a really great book, it has a way to keep you capture throughout the whole story.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from small book packs a punch One of the best books I have ever read. This book has everything you didn't know you needed. Seriously read it!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite! I highly recommend this great read. I first read it when I was 12, but over the years I have continued to read it and enjoy it every time.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the read I remember first reading this book back when i was in elementary school and immediately fell in love with the story. I purchased my own copy of the book a few years ago and i still love the book. the story holds up and is extremely well written. The characters are well developed and you really begin to feel for them. I won't give away any more details for those who have yet to read the book. 10/10
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story The font is actually larger than I expected - compared to older versions I read earlier.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The. Best. Book. Ever. While we no longer have Greasers and Socs, the idea and themes of the book are still true to this day. The fact that this was written by a teen just makes it even more relatable to people in high school. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I had to read this book for English class but even so many years down the road, this story is still relevant. Very gripping and thought provoking.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! This book will be 50 years old next year and is still so relevant.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice book! I had to read this book for my English book and to be honest, I never thought that I would like it so much!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to A classic. Stay golden Pony Boy!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Every child should read this book! Stay Golden Pony Boy
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty cheesy, but in a good way The Outsiders makes teen gang fights with posers actually life-or-death, which is probably what they feel like even when they're not, so even though it's emotional-on-hyperdrive, it feels true to teen experience. The difficult home lives some of the greasers struggle with certainly ring true in terms of how they find family with each other. Stay gold, Ponyboy. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Truly eye-opening! It was such a well written book, and you really experienced the whole situation. Felt all the emotions, and really gives you their perspective.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a classic I read this because of school and it was the first good book school has ever given us. I fell in love with the characters and I got really attached to them, so at the end I was partly crying because of the ending ( unexpected) and partly because I now had to say goodbye to them. In brief, stay gold Ponyboy.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Book Ever! The Outsiders is a book that was written a while ago but is being forgotten by many people. There is a whole new generation that will never know the book even existed. I will tell you a bit about the book in my paragraphs below because this book is amazing and you should never forget it. In the book, The Outsiders, Ponyboy, the main character and narrator of the book, lives in a house with his two older brothers, Darry the oldest and Sodapop the second oldest. They act as a parent to him because both of his parents are dead. They are all a part of a gang called the Greasers. The Greasers are very poor and work very hard. There are also other gangs such as the Socs that are the Greasers’ enemies. They are spoiled rich kids that haven’t worked at all. The Hoods break into cars, and steal. The Socs always jump the Greasers for no reason. The conflict with the Socs and the Greasers started when one of the Greasers got beat almost to death, and in the book there is a terrible fight and something very tragic happens. It sends away Ponyboy and Johnny, his fellow Greaser. They end up staying at a rundown church. One of the greasers that used to be in the Hoods, Dally, helped them, and when it was safe he came too. They went out to get food, and when they got back something horrible happened putting both of them in danger. They both go back home to their small town. Johnny and Dally weren’t doing too well and there was a big conflict that included all of the gangs. After it was over, Steve, one of the gang members, and Ponyboy went to go see Johnny. He was worse than before and something very sad happened that, in the end, Dally couldn’t handle. He stole and got caught and things didn’t end up too well for him. Everyone took everything very badly, but mostly Ponyboy. Darry and Ponyboy were always fighting until something happened with Sodapop because he was in the middle and couldn’t do anything about it. This brought them closer and Sodapop really helped keep the family together. The book, The Outsiders, is a great book because it isn’t lying to people like fairytales sometimes do. It tells us the truth, it doesn’t have always a happy conflict and most conflicts in the story don’t end up being happy. It is about being together and always being there for one another even through the bad. For example, Johnny and his family. His father beat him up, his mother didn’t care, and she blamed the gang for what happens to Johnny. The gang always felt welcome. For example, Ponyboy’s family always kept the door open so that if any of them needed a place to stay they knew they could go to them. They could always count on them. They are like family. Their friendship will never end. The book is so good there are not enough words to express it. This is why you should never forget The Outsiders. The women that wrote this book had the name S.E Hinton written on her books because the person helping her publish the book told her that people might think it was a man’s book and there for they are more likely to buy it. Her real name is Susan Eloise Hinton. The book is also based on a true story, S.E Hinton wrote The Outsiders when she was in high school she was 15 when she wrote it and got it published a year or two later. She knew people in high school that had these events happen to them.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest Book Ever! The Outsiders is a book that was written a while ago but is being forgotten by many people. There is a whole new generation that will never know the book even existed. I will tell you a bit about the book in my paragraphs below because this book is amazing and you should never forget. In the book The Outsiders, Ponyboy the main character and narrator of the book lives in a house with his two older brothers Darry the oldest and Sodapop the second oldest. They act as a parent to him because both of his parents are dead. They are all a part of a gang called the Greasers. The Greasers are very pour and work very hard. There are also other gangs such as the Socs that are the Greasers enemies they are spoiled rich kids that haven’t worked at all, and The Hoods brake into cars, and Steel. The Socs always jump the Greasers for no reason. The conflict with the Socs and the Greasers started when one of the Greasers got beat almost to death, and in the book there is a terrible fight and something very tragic happens. It sends away Ponyboy and Johnny his fellow Greaser. They end up staying at a rundown church. One of the greasers that used to be in the Hood Dally helped them and when it was safe he came to. They went out to get food and when they got back something horrible happened putting both of them in danger. They both go back home to their small town. Johnny and Dally weren’t doing too well and there was a big conflict that included all the gangs. After it was over Steve one of the gang members and Ponyboy went to go see Johnny he was worse than before and something very sad happened that in the end Dally couldn’t handle. He stole and got caught and things didn’t end up to well for him. Everyone took everything very badly but mostly Ponyboy Darry and Ponyboy where always fighting until something happened with Sodapop because he was in the middle and couldn’t do anything about it. This brought them closer and Sodapop really helped keep the family together. The book The Outsiders is a great book because it isn’t lying to people like fairytales sometimes do it tells us the truth, it doesn’t have always a happy conflict and most conflicts in the story don’t end up being happy. It is about being together and always being there for one another even through the bad, for example Johnny and his family and all the horrible things that have happened to him. The gang always felt welcome for example how Ponyboy’s family always kept the door open so that if any of them needed a place to stay they knew they could go to them they could always count on them. They are like family. Their friendship will never end. There are not enough words to express the book The Outsiders. This is why you should never forget The Outsiders. The women that wrote this book had the name S.E Hinton written on her books because the person helping her publish the book told her that people might think it was a man’s book and there for they are more likely to buy it. Her real name is Susan Eloise Hinton. The book is also based on a true story, S.E Hinton that wrote this book was in high school she was 15 when she wrote it and got it published a year or two later. She knew people in high school that had these events happen to them.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! I first read this book at school at the same time it was hitting theaters so we got to go see it as well as a class field trip. I have reread and rewatched both many times over the years and and now my daughter is excited to be reading it in class right now. Now a tip, when they are talking about weed, it was actually slang of the day for cigarette's. also just so you know, the book was written by a teenage girl who won many awards for this book and many others so if your to small minded about that kind of thing this book is not for you. Otherwise read it enjoy it and share it with others, It is a GREAT story.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was a really good book. I liked the book. When I started it I wasn't sur I would like it, but surprisingly, I did.
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book is horrible and so boring. Seriously nothing exciting ever happened except them beating each other up. Like honestly... The whole book is stereotypical and generalized and sexist... and they have to take a smoke and weed break every two pages! No joke. Seriously I bought this book thinking that it would be good, because of all the hype, but it is the worst book I have everrrrr read. Don't buy it. You'll regret it.
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book about 5 times This is one of my favorite books ever! I read it in the 7th grade and bought it a few years later. It's been about 10 years now and I still always go back and re-read it once in a while.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it This book is a classic and if it wasn't a part of your childhood, then make it part of your adulthood.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is truly touching I recommend this boom to anyone who loves a good story.
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, Perfect, Exrtaordinary I loved this book as soon as I started reading it. It got adventure, and great life lessons. I think it would be a shame if anyone in this world didn't read it.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My life would never be the same I had to read this for school when I was younger, but it was.... No IS an amazing book. It shows that life is hard and that not everyone can handle it. And that not everyone got it easy. This book shows that family doesn't have to be blood, and that people can make through tough times in life when you stick together. Even though these "greaser" seem to be total badasses, but really they are soft and sweet. And also it shows that you shouldn't label a person for there class or what side of town your from. This book got me right in the feels. Really.good.book. I definitely recommend this book to everyone before you turn 16.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book, great story! I watched the movie then started reading this as class reading for school but it was so good that I bought it and read ahead of the class. You get attached to the characters and might even shed a tear or two, I know I did. The Outsiders is a wonderful book that takes you into the lives of sensitive young boys who have it hard everyday of their live but keep going with the help of true friends. I really recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2014-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nothing Gold Can Stay This book was great from start to finish, it really brings out your emotions as you read and you can relate and appreciate the characters sooo much. Loved this book. And the movie was great too, but THE BOOKS ARE ALWAYS BETTER.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REREAD 17 TIMES The best book i have ever read, and thats saying something. I am an avid bookworm, and i usually don't like reading books again? but this masterpiece? gods gift to mankind. BEST BOOK EVER
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stay golden pony boy i absolutely love this book
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nothing gold can stay one of my all time favourite books
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love it BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!! FOR JOHNNY!!! <3 
Date published: 2013-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I'm not going to lie when our teacher first told us we would be reading a book where the main character's name was Ponyboy I wasn't expecting much but by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. The author write's a book that;s realistic yet not talked about often. The book had me laughing one second then crying the next. Everyone should read this book, I don't know anyone who didn't love this book.
Date published: 2013-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really, really great for teens I read this book with my class and i thought it was really good. Way better then I expected, even if it is based in the past and I usually hate books based in the past. The writing was good, and the ending was fantastic. It was boring at times, and we read it out loud in class, which always takes me a while to process. Overall, really, really great for teens
Date published: 2012-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally our education system gets it right. Wow! This book is amazing! We read this for school and I didn't except it to be good. This is definitely worth a read even though we had lots of homework questions to go with it. A must read!
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it since Grade 8 This is one of my all time favorite books. I think I've read it about 10 times. This book made me want to read all of her books. S.E. Hinton is a fabulous writer. This book will make you laugh and cry. I wish everyone got to read it in Grade 8. You'll never forget what true friendship means. These boys lived and died for each other. If you get the chance read it. I've never met anyone who's read it and didn't like it.
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Words Can Explain. This book is amazing! I've read it in grade seven and since then it has been one of my favourites to this day. I love the story behind it and the way the author explains the characters. Every time I read it I fall in love with Ponyboy and everytime I watch the movie I die when I see Sodapop and Johnny in the movie! Its definitely a favourite! I highly recommend everyone to read it! It is a classic and a great read.
Date published: 2012-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book for Teenagers I had to read The Outsiders for English class when I was in secondary three. Each year, teachers ask their students to read several books and some of them doesn't always relate to teenagers interests. The Outsiders was the first english book that I enjoyed reading. English being my second langage, I only read English books when I have to. S.E. Hinton's novel was the first English book that I loved. That is why I recommend it to any student looking for a good book. Why did I enjoy it so much? Simply because the characters are teenagers so I could easily relate to the emotions they are going through. The Outsiders is a story of friendship and love between a group of friends.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! From the second I picked this book up, I didn't want to put it down. I read the entire thing in two sittings. It was a great story with a lot of emotion and passion.
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from outstanding. This is my favourite book of all time. I honestly don't know anyone that doesn't like this book. I love it, its a classic and I will read it over and over again through out my life. It will never get old to me.
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing i thought that this book was really goodespecially the story line. i thought that the movie, in my opinion was too short but it had all of the main details.
Date published: 2010-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Book is Okay. The Book is okay, although the movie was was better. but overall it's okay. I liked it.
Date published: 2010-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book. Personally, i really really like this book. When I first saw it, i didnt think I would like it. You know what they say don't judge a book by it's cover and it's true, don't. After reading this for school, i really enjoyed it and i was surprised that i did. The ending was really smart :) i recommend this book .
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Book Outsiders" was a great book. I would recomend people to read it, it was well put together and interesting to read. this book tell's you about these brothers living together, and are in a gang call the "Greaser". the brother and there friends team up with there whole gang to try and beat there competion, the rich South Side gang called the "Soc" in a big fight called the "Rumble".
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this had to be my fave book it was soo real i loved it i cant stop reading it !!!!!!!!!!!!!1 this book is fantstice it had every thing i look forwored in to a book. It has drama, action, sad new and so much more. I just could put it down i have read it more that 4 times. I defanatly recomed this book to every one of evey age. the auther S.E Hinton is fabulous. i would love to read more of her books :) My fovourite charachter , Pony Boy, faces many many difficulte chalenges. Him and his best bud ,Johnny, togather share the misery of killing there enamies the soc. and having to runaway from all thier problems. the Soc. and a rich gang whom always jump others who are less then them especial the greeser. The greeser are another gang, the members of the grees gang are Ponyboy, Johnny , Dally, Derren, Sodapop , Too-bit. There is alot of action in this book and if you do read it i hope you like it !!!
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was from the heart I think this book was from the heart because it shows emotions from boys.These boys r from a gang to, and u don t really see emotions from guys or even a gang member. The book was a great thing to read because we see how gang memebers are.How they work ,and live. Wat they do in the free time,and all sorts of other things. They kinda showed us that gang memebers back in the past weren t soo bad as they are in the present. They show alot of love for each other and thats how life is caring and believing
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was very good This novel was very interesting. It's a great drama novel that shows real freindship.Its also a pretty sad story. The Outsiders is about two gangs and a boy runnning away frrom home. The main character, Ponyboy,sounds that he has been through a lot, since two of his friends had died. I would say The Outsiders is a must read novel.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good! The drama was fantastic in this novel. I enjoyed it very much. it was intresting.it was a great novel that showed real friends and how they bonded. The outsiders tell that how 2 gangs and a boy ran away from home. After reading the story, its sounds/looks like he been through a lot in his life. It has some sad parts which include that his Ponyboy's best friend dies. but it was an awesome book
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book I think that this is a good book because it's about two different kinds of people,the 'Greasers' and the 'Socials'.Ponyboy and Johnny were one of the main characters in this book,and its about them handling their life with other class of people like the Greasers.The author that wrote this book really understands how people now a days.This book was worth the read,because it was really interesting.It was a realistic book,but although it's a little bit sad at the end.If you buy this book,I'm sure you won't be dissapointed.But overall,this book was amazing.My class and I read this book,and a lot of people found it very interesting.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite book as a teen Just loved this book, it is far better than the movie version.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real I picked this book up with slight hesitation. I wasn't sure if a novel about some boys in gangs would interest me. But this book is so much more than that. S.E. Hinton, a mere 16 years old when she wrote this book, has done something really great here. The thing that hit me most about this book was its honesty. Hinton doesn't hold back. She tells it like it is, and that just pulls you in even more, leaving you hanging on every word. It's one book that if I had time I would love to re-read. I'd definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2009-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! I have read this book 20 times and I love it. If you have read it check out That Was Then This Is Now. Some of the characters from The Outsiders have a small part in it. Its awesome to see your favorite characters in another book. I think im going to have to read all Hinton's books now. You should too!!
Date published: 2009-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a heart warming story The story of Ponyboy and his brothers facing life in a gang can be pretty tough when your best friend kills another gang member and your forced to runaway. Who thought that a scum bag teenager could become a hero? The choices we make are not always the best and sometimes we have to pay for it. In the end you find out the greasers are not gang they are a family that will always remember to "stay gold"
Date published: 2009-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic for all teens I highly recommend this book for all teens to read. As a Grade 7/8 teacher this is one book I never have to coax my students into reading! A classic coming of age tale that all kids can identify with- themes of identity, friendship, stereotypes, gangs and family. All parents should buy this for their children.
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended I can't believe Hinton wrote this when she was just fifteen. We read it in class and it was awesome! I recommend this book for ages 12 and over and believe that most people, like I, will find this a great book.
Date published: 2008-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read it. No review can describe this classic tale.
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. An incredible book. I still love it.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is an exciting novel that children from grades 6 to 8 will especially enjoy. This is because they will be interested in learning about gangs and the problems that are associated with them. It is a great story that teaches a good lesson. There are many interesting characters that have their own unique personalities. The Outsiders is about the life of Ponyboy Curtis, who is a part of the gang called the Greasers. The Socs are the rivals of the Greasers. Ponyboy lives with his brothers and has no parents. What difficulties does Ponyboy face because he is a part of a gang?
Date published: 2008-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I read this book soon after I had completed Catcher in the Rye and I enjoyed this one more than Catcher. Among the many reasons that I enjoyed it more was due to the fact that the story seemed to flow much better and it was also a bit more realistic than that of Holden Caulfield's. While I realize that the main characters from each book was from a different socio-economic class, the characters of The Outsiders were much more easily identifiable than those of Catcher in the Rye.
Date published: 2008-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book ! The Outsiders was a magnificent book! The book gives a good picture of how it was back in the day when groups or hoods ruled each side of town. In this one it was the greasers and the socs. Ponyboy- the main character- did a really good job narrating this book as we find out in the end was all for a english assignment. His detail was awesome. The conflict between the greasers and socs was extremely attractive and easy to understand. Definetly a winner !
Date published: 2008-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully mind catching This book is the best gripping story i have ever read. I could not put it down and if i did i could not stop thinking about the story or the boys.Very hard to put downand hard not to reread or read one of her outher storys. Good going S.E.Hinton!!
Date published: 2008-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Social Dilema. Aren't we all just able to caputer how much we have in common with this book. The author honestly caputred a really good outlook on the way we live life. We are always fighting for status. And this book is a perfect example of this fight. I have never ever read a better book, I honestly would recommend that all of you who would love to learn more about the social fight you should read this book. It will explain so much and yet you'll see how imperfect society truly is!
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I had to read this book for school, I thought I was gonna hate it! BUT I LOVED IT.....It was ssssooo awesome!! It wasn't one of those boring teacher books.....so sad about Dally and Johnny though......:'(
Date published: 2007-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inside The Outsiders To Ponyboy, there are only two kinds of people: Greasers and Socs. Socs are the West side rich kids, the ones with money. A Greaser is an outsider from the East, poor and a hood. Ponyboy is a Greaser, recently orphaned when his parents are killed in an auto wreck. Ponyboy and his older brothers all belong to a gang. One night, someone takes things too far, leading to a series of events that change Ponyboy's whole perspective of his world, and everyone in it. This book is a classic, and a must-read. It's short, so you can easily read it in one sitting. This gripping novel is really hard to put down, and I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2007-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brittany, the ignorant Yes, in Canada many of us were "forced" to read this book, whether in grade 5, 6, 7 or any other grade. However, I can tell you from first-hand experience this is the first book that was part of the curriculum that I actually finished. The fact that this book was written by a teenager doesn't take way from it one bit, it is an incredible story of hardship, loyalty and discovery. It shows us that no matter what side of the tracks you're from you can be "golden".
Date published: 2007-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Word This book is one of the best I've read. It's right up there with Harry Potter - and that's saying something. I was forced to read it in grade 7 and I refused to, I am not forced into anything. Then my mom saw the book. It was a big thing in the 80's so she'd read it and made me read it. It was the best thing she's ever made me do. The characters are so real and so well described. They act so life-like and one thing I like about that is that there grammar and English is not perfect. That's the thing that annoys me about some books where the characters speak perfect English. This is a classic book and I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2007-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Socs and Greasers on one side of town lived the greasers. on the other side of town lived the socs(socials). the socs had money and popularity, the greasers were poor. the socs beat up and tormented the greasers, untill one night when a soc took things too far. billy the soc could have killed poor ponyboy but his friend johnny killed him with his switchblade. then began ponyboys and johnnys escape from town avoiding police. its what happenes after that scares us all. the outsiders is a story of how people used to live in towns like this one and the way people changed from then and today. its a great book that you cant keep your eyes off of!!
Date published: 2006-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Like most people who experience this book, I was in school when I first read it. In the span of about 3 years, I have read this books 4 or 5 times, and it has become one of my all time favourite books, alongside Tex, also written by S.E. Hinton. Once you start reading this book, no matter how many times you have read it before, you just can't put it down, because Hinton has a way of writing, that anybody can relate to the characters, and to the struggles that they endure. S.E. Hinton is an amazing author, and I recommend all her books to anyone who wants to read a really great book.
Date published: 2006-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ordinary? Ponyboy is a fourteen year-old. He trys to appear tough, but is really confused and sensitive. When his parents died, he became very attached to his borthers. When a rivalry gang, kills ponyboys best friend, his world turns upside down. The Socs and the Greasers are even more against each other than ever! This is a great book, and a very light/easy read.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING S.E. Hinton's way of using depth and detail makes this story come alive in your hands and makes you feel like you are actually in the story. A must read. Capturing your interest it is a story about Brotherhood and how things can be taken too far. AMAZING!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! This was an incredible book! Plenty of everything any book needs, drama, sorrow, violence the perfect role model for any young writer!
Date published: 2006-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! This book will change your life forever.. The outsiders....FANTASTIC! I'v never read a better book. I'v seen the movie over ten times. It would be a dream to meet S.E Hinton. I have read all of her books and this is my favourite. Heart breaking, Intelegent, and deeply moving The Outsiders takes readers to the roots of exprience.
Date published: 2006-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this book was sooo goood like i started to read it and couldnt put it down, now im recomending it to all of my friends and once they read it they liked it to so seriously there should be more books like this one
Date published: 2006-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Book!:) This book is one of my favourites! I read it for english class and now I love it! It was really sad but it was still really good. Its amazing/sad/action and its a MUST read!
Date published: 2006-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent/sad a twist this book is just amazing from the lighting of the cigarretes to the gang fights. not only will this book grab hold of you it will make you laugh,cry,and read it again.
Date published: 2005-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GRRREAT!!! OMG! This book is one of the most amazing books in the world!!! It's hard to believe that the autor was only 16 when she wrote it! After you've read the book i'd reccommend the movie.( Sodapop Curts is the hottest guy in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Date published: 2005-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! OMG i completely adore this book! i started reading it and i just couldn't put it down. My friend read it in grade 7 and told me it was a must read, and now i COMPLETELY agree with her! If you haven't read this book, you really should! its the best thing you will read!!
Date published: 2005-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK! omg! this is such an amazing book...full of twists, turn, and suprises!
Date published: 2005-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the outsiders The Outsiders is probably my favorite book. I nearly died from the suspence when reading it i needed to go to next period in school or eat breakfast. As a Gr.7 student it really shows you that some people have it pretty bad. Also, after you understand some of the secret meanings it's very touching. I'd recomend The Outsiders to any reader who like action, drama, and suspence.
Date published: 2005-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent at first i thought this book would be boring because i don't really like to read books and when i do i only like very few. this book was the best one ever. i could read it over and over again. durning the book i thought i was going to cry. it has all the emotions that make aan excellent book. you all should read it. you'll all love it.
Date published: 2005-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing forever This book is amazing and it will be forever. You know why, well this book discribes what a reader wants to read, it discribes the true feeling of being a teen. This book has blown me away i love it. It has the true feeling of what is going out ther in the world and what people would do for pride. This book is amazing it made me cry just by thinking the letter that Johnny wrote to Ponyboy. I have only one thing to say it is realistic, amazing, and opens teens true hearts, and it will for the rest of this books being.
Date published: 2005-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!!!!!!!! When it comes to reading books it can be hard for me to get into them. I have read some really good books but, when I read this book for my english class I was just blown away! It felt like I was actually going to cry reading aloud during class. There are so many words to discribe this book. It's one I would read over and over again.
Date published: 2005-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story that wil touch you! I had to do a book report on this book, at first i thought that it would suck -having to read this book and all, but when i finished the book i thought i would cry! The settings and characters are really well described and it was very easy for me to picture them.
Date published: 2005-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow I would of never read this book, except they made us in school. I read it, and now i wish i had read it earlier. I always had it in my book shelf. I think i will read it again! I wish there was more, I realy want to read more. I felt I was ponyboy. Excelent You have got to read it!
Date published: 2005-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cant get better i read the book in class and i dont read much but turned every thing around i loved the book some much now i love reading.
Date published: 2005-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... This was one of the books I was forced to read in school and like all the other ones it dragged on and left you no desire to read the next chapter except for the fact that you were forced to. It wasn't absolutely horrible but its not exciting, emotional or suspensful.
Date published: 2005-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books ! period. This book can hit u hard it makes u feel like one of the gang with every little thing thawt they do it is imposible to not put this book down, if my teacher had never read this book to the class iunno what i would have done it acuatlly helped me throught tough times i was having , it is a book recomeneded for everyone out there people of all ages !
Date published: 2005-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read It Now. Read it but don't cry. It's aGREAT book.
Date published: 2005-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a tearful book but awesome This book was the best book i've ever read...Actually the only book i finished. As soon as i started i could'nt put down the book...Everyone should read it.!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2 words: Buy It! This book was honestly one of the best books I have ever read and I am an avid reader. This book is full of of action, laughter, heroism, and it is remarkable in it's startling honesty. It is a wonderful book that no book shelf can do without.
Date published: 2005-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tale with Tears The Outsiders was amazing. I was swept away and began to feel as if I was actually in the story. You can really relate to the characters and S.E. Hinton gave the book so much meaning. I loved Ponyboy and the rest of the gang. The ending of this story was incredible and I was really emotional while reading it.
Date published: 2005-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is one of the best books I've read in a while, and now one of my favourites, and I'm 15 saying that! Definatly worth reading!
Date published: 2005-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from goooood!! a very good book, but not recommended for anybody older than 14
Date published: 2004-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this book is GREAT!! i loved this book!! it was the most wonderful thing that i hav read in a while. also for a girl at th age of 16 to write this, it was great.
Date published: 2004-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!! I liked this book so much it was great...I recommend for ppl to read it, it is a great book and S.E. does a great job in writing novels and she should write some more for us to read. Everyone should go to Chapters and buy this book now...trust me it is great!
Date published: 2004-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #1 book, so go read it! ok, hi, well first of all i'd like to say that s.e. hinton rocks! making such a great book at the age of 16.. wOw! i really believe she capures everything she wants to in this book. being a teenager herself at the time, she could relate and that's how she made a great novel. i felt i related to the book also, as she made Ponyboy -the main character, very realistic; to the point i thought i knew ponyboy. my grade 8 teacher read this to my english class, and then we watched the movie. look, i loved the book and i know you will, so do yourself a favor, and forget the movie, it's nothing compared to the book! trust me. they do not capture the feeling of what all adolescents go through- s.e. hinton does in the novel. i don't want to tell you anymore as it will ruin the book for you, now go out and read this book! ok well a little more..(hehe) i just know you will love The Outsiders.. hello? have you read the other reviews? like only a couple people didn't like it but they wouldn't know a great book if it slapped them in the face- oh yeah.. this one just did! if you hate reading you'll still love this book, trust me -because half the kids in my class are NOT readers (i soOoOo am!) and they loved this book. lots of love to all that love this book and to all that will! ~Lydia :) :)
Date published: 2004-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!!!! The Outsiders is an book so great, using the word amazing to describe it is not even good enough. I've read it in school for a novel study. It was so great I went out and bought it to read again. Its a powerful book that gets right into the action.
Date published: 2004-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Outsiders: a warp between reality and fiction. KudsoThe Outsiders is the best book written ever ! It pulls its readers into a world between reality and fiction . The Greasers become your best friends and the Socs' become your enemies. You feel hatred towards Bob, sympathy for Johnny Cade, if your a girl , you have crushlike feelings for Soda Pop. You get so many surreal feelings when you read this book . I found it hard to live with out it. Kudos to S.E Hinton .
Date published: 2004-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING S.E. Hinton has written my favourite book ever!!! I really really don't enjoy reading but I enjoyed this book soooooooooooo much that I have read it more than once. :)
Date published: 2004-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Outsiders i really enjoyed this book!! I recommend it to people of all ages... well maybe not younger kids because it IS a bit violent... but still astonishing at that!
Date published: 2003-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The outsiders is the best book ever I thought the outsiders was the best book I have ever read in my whole life. I loved the characters in the book and the movie. I can't believe that S.E Hinton was only 16 when she wrote this book. I really recommend this book for everyone to read.
Date published: 2003-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AmAzInG BoOk! i'm in gr.8 and my teacher is currently reading us this book, we're a little past chapter 7 and i love it so far. it really speaks out 2 teens. my entire class loves it and my teacher read this back when he was in gr,8. its amazing. and i just found out S.E Hinton was 16 when she wrote this! thatz friggin incredible! itz basically about social class and itz affect on teens. therez two major groups the socs and the greasers who hate eachother and r alwayz fighting just because of their social class. therez also a movie. our teacher is gonna let us watch it after he finishes reading us the book. i can't wait! i found out it stars a young tom cruise as steve, rob lowe as soda pop,diane lane as cherry valance and matt dillon as dallas winston. all star cast. CAN'T WAIT!!!! but you've got 2 read the book!
Date published: 2003-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! I don't read lots at all. I don't like books that much, and when our gr 7 English teacher gave us this, I thought it would be another boring book we have to read. But this book was not boring at all, it was one of the few books I actually enjoyed a lot. I also saw the movie, and I thought that was good too. I recommend both the book and the movie to everyone! S.E.Hinton is an amazing writer!
Date published: 2003-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Outsiders I loved this book it was a great read! You never knew what was going to happen next. I could relate to the book and began to think of my town and related the book to people in my town. All and all great book!
Date published: 2003-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!The Outsiders!!! I was amazed at how good The Outsiders was! I LOVED it! I've read it about four- five times! I felt that I could relate to some of the events or characters in the book. I was impressed that S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders when she was 16. I love writing stories so she inspired me. If it came happen to her it can happen to me. I can't wait to read her other books. I also recommend the movie!
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Outsiders The Outsiders is my favorite book. It is the best book that I have ever read. I can't belive that S.E. Hinton wrote this book when she was 16 years old.
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best book in the history of all books! This is the best book I have ever read. We read it in our grade 6 class and I just loved it. Everyone was saying how in Grade 6 you are to young to understand but to tell you the truth I understud it more than people in grade 8!
Date published: 2003-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book This is the best book I have ever read! I read it in school and I just loved it! If your looking for a excellent read you have got to choose The Outsiders. Me and my friends just had to read it again and again! When your DONE reading it you should rent the movie at your local library. They are the best book and movie I have ever read and watched. A true classic. You have got to read it!
Date published: 2003-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No book like it The Outsiders is the best book I have ever read in my life! Don't listen to those who don't like it, they probably did not get the true message. If you love adventure, action, comedy, and much much more, The outsiders is a book for you to enjoy! And belive me you will! And when you do , Rent the movie and suggest it to your friends, you'll all love it!
Date published: 2003-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book You could ever Read! This is the most best book you could ever read! It has everything you want in a book! If your looking for a great book, The Outsiders is your best bet! Join Ponyboy, Soda, Darry, Johnny, Dally, Two-bit,and Steve in the book that can change your attitude on Life!
Date published: 2003-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I had to read it again yrs later When i read this book 6 yrs ago in English class, i fell in love. It was the only book that i ever had to read in english going to school that actually got me interested. This is the best book out there!!!
Date published: 2003-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from O.K.... We read this book in our English class. I wasn't too interested with it and I have definitely read better books. The language is somewhat hard to understand because this book took place a long time ago.
Date published: 2003-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tuff! this is one of the best books i have ever read. we're reading this book for our grade 8 novel studies and honestly, this is a great book for any teen or anybody for that matter! this book is filled with drama, comedy and action and i highly recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2003-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book i read this book a long time ago but i really love it. after you read this book you should rent the movie its also really good with lotz of young stars....a very young tom cruz, matt dilon, rob lowe etc. its a very comin to age story about growin up.
Date published: 2003-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I think this book is suitable for all adolesents. Itz an amazing book that teenz in gang can relate to, like myself, it lets the world know that not all gangs are all that bad and some have feelingz!
Date published: 2003-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Outsiders: A Compelling Novel The Outsiders is a captivating novel told in the perspective of a lower class "greaser" named Ponyboy. It is a realistic representation of the lives of teenagers and their struggles against themselves and society. The novel gave me a new outlook on the hardships in the lives of the lower class society. I was completely immersed in the story and characters from the time I picked up the book, and I would recommend it to any teenager in search of a good read.
Date published: 2003-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring We read and studied this book in our English class. It was one of the most inspirational and meaningful books of my life. Growing up in a high class family made me apreciate all the things i had. You felt you could connect with the protagonist Ponyboy Curtis because of his troubled adolescent life. All adolescents have troubled lives no matter how big or small. After reading and studying the book in class we had a chance to watch the video.Unfortunatley the movie did not even compare to the book. Sadly the video reuined one of the most meaningful and unforgetable book for me. If you are thinking of reading this book i suggest you do not go anywhere near the movie.
Date published: 2003-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't wait to read it again! I think that S. E. Hinton had a great idea on how they would live, and great description, and the book was so suspenseful!
Date published: 2003-01-16

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 Chapter 1WHEN I STEPPED out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home. I was wishing I looked like Paul Newman—he looks tough and I don’t—but I guess my own looks aren’t so bad. I have light-brown, almost-red hair and greenish-gray eyes. I wish they were more gray, because I hate most guys that have green eyes, but I have to be content with what I have. My hair is longer than a lot of boys wear theirs, squared off in back and long at the front and sides, but I am a greaser and most of my neighborhood rarely bothers to get a haircut. Besides, I look better with long hair.I had a long walk home and no company, but I usually lone it anyway, for no reason except that I like to watch movies undisturbed so I can get into them and live them with the actors. When I see a movie with someone it’s kind of uncomfortable, like having someone read your book over your shoulder. I’m different that way. I mean, my second-oldest brother, Soda, who is sixteen-going-on-seventeen, never cracks a book at all, and my oldest brother, Darrel, who we call Darry, works too long and hard to be interested in a story or drawing a picture, so I’m not like them. And nobody in our gang digs movies and books the way I do. For a while there, I thought I was the only person in the world that did. So I loned it.Soda tries to understand, at least, which is more than Darry does. But then, Soda is different from anybody; he understands everything, almost. Like he’s never hollering at me all the time the way Darry is, or treating me as if I was six instead of fourteen. I love Soda more than I’ve ever loved anyone, even Mom and Dad. He’s always happy-go-lucky and grinning, while Darry’s hard and firm and rarely grins at all. But then, Darry’s gone through a lot in his twenty years, grown up too fast. Sodapop’ll never grow up at all. I don’t know which way’s the best. I’ll find out one of these days.Anyway, I went on walking home, thinking about the movie, and then suddenly wishing I had some company. Greasers can’t walk alone too much or they’ll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream “Greaser!” at them, which doesn’t make you feel too hot, if you know what I mean. We get jumped by the Socs. I’m not sure how you spell it, but it’s the abbreviation for the Socials, the jet set, the West-side rich kids. It’s like the term “greaser,” which is used to class all us boys on the East Side.We’re poorer than the Socs and the middle class. I reckon we’re wilder, too. Not like the Socs, who jump greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks, and get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next. Greasers are almost like hoods; we steal things and drive old souped-up cars and hold up gas stations and have a gang fight once in a while. I don’t mean I do things like that. Darry would kill me if I got into trouble with the police. Since Mom and Dad were killed in an auto wreck, the three of us get to stay together only as long as we behave. So Soda and I stay out of trouble as much as we can, and we’re careful not to get caught when we can’t. I only mean that most greasers do things like that, just like we wear our hair long and dress in blue jeans and T-shirts, or leave our shirttails out and wear leather jackets and tennis shoes or boots. I’m not saying that either Socs or greasers are better; that’s just the way things are.I could have waited to go to the movies until Darry or Sodapop got off work. They would have gone with me, or driven me there, or walked along, although Soda just can’t sit still long enough to enjoy a movie and they bore Darry to death. Darry thinks his life is enough without inspecting other people’s. Or I could have gotten one of the gang to come along, one of the four boys Darry and Soda and I have grown up with and consider family. We’re almost as close as brothers; when you grow up in a tight-knit neighborhood like ours you get to know each other real well. If I had thought about it, I could have called Darry and he would have come by on his way home and picked me up, or Two-Bit Mathews—one of our gang—would have come to get me in his car if I had asked him, but sometimes I just don’t use my head. It drives my brother Darry nuts when I do stuff like that, ’cause I’m supposed to be smart; I make good grades and have a high IQ and everything, but I don’t use my head. Besides, I like walking.I about decided I didn’t like it so much, though, when I spotted that red Corvair trailing me. I was almost two blocks from home then, so I started walking a little faster. I had never been jumped, but I had seen Johnny after four Socs got hold of him, and it wasn’t pretty. Johnny was scared of his own shadow after that. Johnny was sixteen then.I knew it wasn’t any use though—the fast walking, I mean—even before the Corvair pulled up beside me and five Socs got out. I got pretty scared—I’m kind of small for fourteen even though I have a good build, and those guys were bigger than me. I automatically hitched my thumbs in my jeans and slouched, wondering if I could get away if I made a break for it. I remembered Johnny—his face all cut up and bruised, and I remembered how he had cried when we found him, half-conscious, in the corner lot. Johnny had it awful rough at home—it took a lot to make him cry.I was sweating something fierce, although I was cold. I could feel my palms getting clammy and the perspiration running down my back. I get like that when I’m real scared. I glanced around for a pop bottle or a stick or something—Steve Randle, Soda’s best buddy, had once held off four guys with a busted pop bottle—but there was nothing. So I stood there like a bump on a log while they surrounded me. I don’t use my head. They walked around slowly, silently, smiling.“Hey, grease,” one said in an over-friendly voice. “We’re gonna do you a favor, greaser. We’re gonna cut all that long greasy hair off.”He had on a madras shirt. I can still see it. Blue madras. One of them laughed, then cussed me out in a low voice. I couldn’t think of anything to say. There just isn’t a whole lot you can say while waiting to get mugged, so I kept my mouth shut.“Need a haircut, greaser?” The medium-sized blond pulled a knife out of his back pocket and flipped the blade open.I finally thought of something to say. “No.” I was backing up, away from that knife. Of course I backed right into one of them. They had me down in a second. They had my arms and legs pinned down and one of them was sitting on my chest with his knees on my elbows, and if you don’t think that hurts, you’re crazy. I could smell English Leather shaving lotion and stale tobacco, and I wondered foolishly if I would suffocate before they did anything. I was scared so bad I was wishing I would. I fought to get loose, and almost did for a second; then they tightened up on me and the one on my chest slugged me a couple of times. So I lay still, swearing at them between gasps. A blade was held against my throat.“How’d you like that haircut to begin just below the chin?”It occurred to me then that they could kill me. I went wild. I started screaming for Soda, Darry, anyone. Someone put his hand over my mouth, and I bit it as hard as I could, tasting the blood running through my teeth. I heard a muttered curse and got slugged again, and they were stuffing a handkerchief in my mouth. One of them kept saying, “Shut him up, for Pete’s sake, shut him up!”Then there were shouts and the pounding of feet, and the Socs jumped up and left me lying there, gasping. I lay there and wondered what in the world was happening—people were jumping over me and running by me and I was too dazed to figure it out. Then someone had me under the armpits and was hauling me to my feet. It was Darry.“Are you all right, Ponyboy?”He was shaking me and I wished he’d stop. I was dizzy enough anyway. I could tell it was Darry though—partly because of the voice and partly because Darry’s always rough with me without meaning to be.“I’m okay. Quit shaking me, Darry, I’m okay.”He stopped instantly. “I’m sorry.”He wasn’t really. Darry isn’t ever sorry for anything he does. It seems funny to me that he should look just exactly like my father and act exactly the opposite from him. My father was only forty when he died and he looked twenty-five and a lot of people thought Darry and Dad were brothers instead of father and son. But they only looked alike—my father was never rough with anyone without meaning to be.Darry is six-feet-two, and broad-shouldered and muscular. He has dark-brown hair that kicks out in front and a slight cowlick in the back—just like Dad’s—but Darry’s eyes are his own. He’s got eyes that are like two pieces of pale blue-green ice. They’ve got a determined set to them, like the rest of him. He looks older than twenty—tough, cool, and smart. He would be real handsome if his eyes weren’t so cold. He doesn’t understand anything that is not plain hard fact. But he uses his head.I sat down again, rubbing my cheek where I’d been slugged the most.Darry jammed his fists in his pockets. “They didn’t hurt you too bad, did they?”They did. I was smarting and aching and my chest was sore and I was so nervous my hands were shaking and I wanted to start bawling, but you just don’t say that to Darry.“I’m okay.”Sodapop came loping back. By then I had figured that all the noise I had heard was the gang coming to rescue me. He dropped down beside me, examining my head.“You got cut up a little, huh, Ponyboy?”I only looked at him blankly. “I did?”He pulled out a handkerchief, wet the end of it with his tongue, and pressed it gently against the side of my head. “You’re bleedin’ like a stuck pig.”“I am?”“Look!” He showed me the handkerchief, reddened as if by magic. “Did they pull a blade on you?”I remembered the voice: “Need a haircut, greaser?” The blade must have slipped while he was trying to shut me up. “Yeah.”Soda is handsomer than anyone else I know. Not like Darry—Soda’s movie-star kind of handsome, the kind that people stop on the street to watch go by. He’s not as tall as Darry, and he’s a little slimmer, but he has a finely drawn, sensitive face that somehow manages to be reckless and thoughtful at the same time. He’s got dark-gold hair that he combs back—long and silky and straight—and in the summer the sun bleaches it to a shining wheat-gold. His eyes are dark brown—lively, dancing, recklessly laughing eyes that can be gentle and sympathetic one moment and blazing with anger the next. He has Dad’s eyes, but Soda is one of a kind. He can get drunk in a drag race or dancing without ever getting near alcohol. In our neighborhood it’s rare to find a kid who doesn’t drink once in a while. But Soda never touches a drop—he doesn’t need to. He gets drunk on just plain living. And he understands everybody.He looked at me more closely. I looked away hurriedly, because, if you want to know the truth, I was starting to bawl. I knew I was as white as I felt and I was shaking like a leaf.Soda just put his hand on my shoulder. “Easy, Ponyboy. They ain’t gonna hurt you no more.”“I know,” I said, but the ground began to blur and I felt hot tears running down my cheeks. I brushed them away impatiently. “I’m just a little spooked, that’s all.” I drew a quivering breath and quit crying. You just don’t cry in front of Darry. Not unless you’re hurt like Johnny had been that day we found him in the vacant lot. Compared to Johnny I wasn’t hurt at all.Soda rubbed my hair. “You’re an okay kid, Pony.”I had to grin at him—Soda can make you grin no matter what. I guess it’s because he’s always grinning so much himself. “You’re crazy, Soda, out of your mind.”Darry looked as if he’d like to knock our heads together. “You’re both nuts.”Soda merely cocked one eyebrow, a trick he’d picked up from Two-Bit. “It seems to run in this family.”Darry stared at him for a second, then cracked a grin. Sodapop isn’t afraid of him like everyone else and enjoys teasing him. I’d just as soon tease a full-grown grizzly; but for some reason, Darry seems to like being teased by Soda.Our gang had chased the Socs to their car and heaved rocks at them. They came running toward us now—four lean, hard guys. They were all as tough as nails and looked it. I had grown up with them, and they accepted me, even though I was younger, because I was Darry and Soda’s kid brother and I kept my mouth shut good.Steve Randle was seventeen, tall and lean, with thick greasy hair he kept combed in complicated swirls. He was cocky, smart, and Soda’s best buddy since grade school. Steve’s specialty was cars. He could lift a hubcap quicker and more quietly than anyone in the neighborhood, but he also knew cars upside-down and backward, and he could drive anything on wheels. He and Soda worked at the same gas station—Steve part time and Soda full time—and their station got more customers than any other in town. Whether that was because Steve was so good with cars or because Soda attracted girls like honey draws flies, I couldn’t tell you. I liked Steve only because he was Soda’s best friend. He didn’t like me—he thought I was a tagalong and a kid; Soda always took me with them when they went places if they weren’t taking girls, and that bugged Steve. It wasn’t my fault; Soda always asked me, I didn’t ask him. Soda doesn’t think I’m a kid.Two-Bit Mathews was the oldest of the gang and the wisecracker of the bunch. He was about six feet tall, stocky in build, and very proud of his long rusty-colored sideburns. He had gray eyes and a wide grin, and he couldn’t stop making funny remarks to save his life. You couldn’t shut up that guy; he always had to get his two-bits worth in. Hence his name. Even his teachers forgot his real name was Keith, and we hardly remembered he had one. Life was one big joke to Two-Bit. He was famous for shoplifting and his black-handled switchblade (which he couldn’t have acquired without his first talent), and he was always smarting off to the cops. He really couldn’t help it. Everything he said was so irresistibly funny that he just had to let the police in on it to brighten up their dull lives. (That’s the way he explained it to me.) He liked fights, blondes, and for some unfathomable reason, school. He was still a junior at eighteen and a half and he never learned anything. He just went for kicks. I liked him real well because he kept us laughing at ourselves as well as at other things. He reminded me of Will Rogers—maybe it was the grin.If I had to pick the real character of the gang, it would be Dallas Winston—Dally. I used to like to draw his picture when he was in a dangerous mood, for then I could get his personality down in a few lines. He had an elfish face, with high cheekbones and a pointed chin, small, sharp animal teeth, and ears like a lynx. His hair was almost white it was so blond, and he didn’t like haircuts, or hair oil either, so it fell over his forehead in wisps and kicked out in the back in tufts and curled behind his ears and along the nape of his neck. His eyes were blue, blazing ice, cold with a hatred of the whole world. Dally had spent three years on the wild side of New York and had been arrested at the age of ten. He was tougher than the rest of us—tougher, colder, meaner. The shade of difference that separates a greaser from a hood wasn’t present in Dally. He was as wild as the boys in the downtown outfits, like Tim Shepard’s gang.In New York, Dally blew off steam in gang fights, but here, organized gangs are rarities—there are just small bunches of friends who stick together, and the warfare is between the social classes. A rumble, when it’s called, is usually born of a grudge fight, and the opponents just happen to bring their friends along. Oh, there are a few named gangs around, like the River Kings and the Tiber Street Tigers, but here in the Southwest there’s no gang rivalry. So Dally, even though he could get into a good fight sometimes, had no specific thing to hate. No rival gang. Only Socs. And you can’t win against them no matter how hard you try, because they’ve got all the breaks and even whipping them isn’t going to change that fact. Maybe that was why Dallas was so bitter.He had quite a reputation. They have a file on him down at the police station. He had been arrested, he got drunk, he rode in rodeos, lied, cheated, stole, rolled drunks, jumped small kids—he did everything. I didn’t like him, but he was smart and you had to respect him.Johnny Cade was last and least. If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you’ll have Johnny. He was the youngest, next to me, smaller than the rest, with a slight build. He had big black eyes in a dark tanned face; his hair was jet-black and heavily greased and combed to the side, but it was so long that it fell in shaggy bangs across his forehead. He had a nervous, suspicious look in his eyes, and that beating he got from the Socs didn’t help matters. He was the gang’s pet, everyone’s kid brother. His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him, except when she was hacked off at something, and then you could hear her yelling at him clear down at our house. I think he hated that worse than getting whipped. He would have run away a million times if we hadn’t been there. If it hadn’t been for the gang, Johnny would never have known what love and affection are.I wiped my eyes hurriedly. “Didya catch ’em?”“Nup. They got away this time, the dirty . . .” Two-Bit went on cheerfully, calling the Socs every name he could think of or make up.“The kid’s okay?”“I’m okay.” I tried to think of something to say. I’m usually pretty quiet around people, even the gang. I changed the subject. “I didn’t know you were out of the cooler yet, Dally.”“Good behavior. Got off early.” Dallas lit a cigarette and handed it to Johnny. Everyone sat down to have a smoke and relax. A smoke always lessens the tension. I had quit trembling and my color was back. The cigarette was calming me down. Two-Bit cocked an eyebrow. “Nice-lookin’ bruise you got there, kid.”I touched my cheek gingerly. “Really?”Two-Bit nodded sagely. “Nice cut, too. Makes you look tough.”Tough and tuff are two different words. Tough is the same as rough; tuff means cool, sharp—like a tuff-looking Mustang or a tuff record. In our neighborhood both are compliments.Steve flicked his ashes at me. “What were you doin’, walkin’ by your lonesome?” Leave it to good old Steve to bring up something like that.“I was comin’ home from the movies. I didn’t think . . .”“You don’t ever think,” Darry broke in, “not at home or anywhere when it counts. You must think at school, with all those good grades you bring home, and you’ve always got your nose in a book, but do you ever use your head for common sense? No sirree, bub. And if you did have to go by yourself, you should have carried a blade.”I just stared at the hole in the toe of my tennis shoe. Me and Darry just didn’t dig each other. I never could please him. He would have hollered at me for carrying a blade if I had carried one. If I brought home B’s, he wanted A’s, and if I got A’s, he wanted to make sure they stayed A’s. If I was playing football, I should be in studying, and if I was reading, I should be out playing football. He never hollered at Sodapop—not even when Soda dropped out of school or got tickets for speeding. He just hollered at me.Soda was glaring at him. “Leave my kid brother alone, you hear? It ain’t his fault he likes to go to the movies, and it ain’t his fault the Socs like to jump us, and if he had been carrying a blade it would have been a good excuse to cut him to ribbons.”Soda always takes up for me.Darry said impatiently, “When I want my kid brother to tell me what to do with my other kid brother, I’ll ask you—kid brother.” But he laid off me. He always does when Sodapop tells him to. Most of the time.“Next time get one of us to go with you, Ponyboy,” Two-Bit said. “Any of us will.”“Speakin’ of movies”—Dally yawned, flipping away his cigarette butt—“I’m walkin’ over to the Nightly Double tomorrow night. Anybody want to come and hunt some action?”Steve shook his head. “Me and Soda are pickin’ up Evie and Sandy for the game.”He didn’t need to look at me the way he did right then. I wasn’t going to ask if I could come. I’d never tell Soda, because he really likes Steve a lot, but sometimes I can’t stand Steve Randle. I mean it. Sometimes I hate him.Darry sighed, just like I knew he would. Darry never had time to do anything anymore. “I’m working tomorrow night.”Dally looked at the rest of us. “How about y’all? Two-Bit? Johnnycake, you and Pony wanta come?”“Me and Johnny’ll come,” I said. I knew Johnny wouldn’t open his mouth unless he was forced to. “Okay, Darry?”“Yeah, since it ain’t a school night.” Darry was real good about letting me go places on the weekends. On school nights I could hardly leave the house.“I was plannin’ on getting boozed up tomorrow night,” Two-Bit said. “If I don’t, I’ll walk over and find y’all.”Steve was looking at Dally’s hand. His ring, which he had rolled a drunk senior to get, was back on his finger. “You break up with Sylvia again?”“Yeah, and this time it’s for good. That little broad was two-timin’ me again while I was in jail.”I thought of Sylvia and Evie and Sandy and Two-Bit’s many blondes. They were the only kind of girls that would look at us, I thought. Tough, loud girls who wore too much eye makeup and giggled and swore too much. I liked Soda’s girl Sandy just fine, though. Her hair was natural blond and her laugh was soft, like her china-blue eyes. She didn’t have a real good home or anything and was our kind—greaser—but she was a real nice girl. Still, lots of times I wondered what other girls were like. The girls who were bright-eyed and had their dresses a decent length and acted as if they’d like to spit on us if given a chance. Some were afraid of us, and remembering Dallas Winston, I didn’t blame them. But most looked at us like we were dirt—gave us the same kind of look that the Socs did when they came by in their Mustangs and Corvairs and yelled “Grease!” at us. I wondered about them. The girls, I mean . . . Did they cry when their boys were arrested, like Evie did when Steve got hauled in, or did they run out on them the way Sylvia did Dallas? But maybe their boys didn’t get arrested or beaten up or busted up in rodeos.I was still thinking about it while I was doing my homework that night. I had to read Great Expectations for English, and that kid Pip, he reminded me of us—the way he felt marked lousy because he wasn’t a gentleman or anything, and the way that girl kept looking down on him. That happened to me once. One time in biology I had to dissect a worm, and the razor wouldn’t cut, so I used my switchblade. The minute I flicked it out—I forgot what I was doing or I would never have done it—this girl right beside me kind of gasped, and said, “They are right. You are a hood.” That didn’t make me feel so hot. There were a lot of Socs in that class—I get put into A classes because I’m supposed to be smart—and most of them thought it was pretty funny. I didn’t, though. She was a cute girl. She looked real good in yellow.

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Junior Booklover Contest Winner Riley, age 13, from Calgary, AB"Nature's first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf's a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay."...recites Ponyboy Curtis, to his 16-year-old friend Johnny, as they sit on the front steps of the abandoned church they are temporarily calling home. "Robert Frost wrote it," he says to Johnny, as the sun slides upward in front of them. "He meant more to it than I'm getting', though." An amazing and touching tale of friendship, and at the same time, a depiction of the pointlessness of fighting and rivalry, The Outsiders tells the story of Ponyboy, who is fourteen and the youngest of three brothers in a family with no parents. His older brothers work hard to support their small, yet surprisingly tightly-knit family. All three are Greasers, living on the west (and poor) side of town, with their friends Two-Bit, Steve, Johnny and Dallas. The Greasers are sworn enemies of the east-end Socials, known as Socs. The Socs are, for the most part, rich, and are known on the west side as nothing more than white trash with Mustangs (the car). Following a violent gang fight, Johnny and Ponyboy escape town. Tragedy strikes twice as Johnny suffers a life-threatening injury, further fuelling the Greasers' hatred of the Socs. The fierce animosity between the two gangs in not sugar-coated, coming to a conclusive showdown at the very end of the book. Because the characters are incredibly real, one wonders whether the author (who was sixteen when she wrote this story) was involved in or had acquaintances caught up in gang wars not unlike the ones in The Outsiders. The book is rich with symbolism, beginning with the bleaching and cutting of Ponyboy's long, dark hair, of which he is extremely proud. Then the poem, which Ponyboy recounts to Johnny as they sit and watch the golden sun rise with its message of how life is short. Finally, Johnny's parting words - "Stay gold, Ponyboy," - imply more than one would think. Johnny wants Ponyboy to become much more than his brothers are, to live his dreams, and be true to himself. Those three words carry more than the entire contents of almost every book I've ever read. The Outsiders is my favourite novel of all time. It is moving and thought provoking, and anyone between 13 and 16 won't be able to set it down. If it is not already in your bookcase, it should be.

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Praise for The Outsiders"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 "What it's like to live lonely and unwanted and cornered by circumstance...There is rawness and violence here, but honest hope, too." —National Observer"This remarkable novel gives a moving, credible view of the outsiders from the inside...we meet powerful characters in a book with a powerful message." —The Horn BookA 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