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According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble ag...more
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Speak (first published 1967)
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karen
the outsiders is a book about a group of youthful greasers living in oklahoma, and about their struggles to exist in a society that seems designed to dismiss them.

oklahoma is also the name of a popular musical.

draw your own conclusions, or continue reading.

see, i don't know from oklahoma in the sixties. maybe that is a place where street toughs call their little brothers "honey" and "baby" and enjoy sunsets and stars and reading margaret mitchell aloud to one another and who recite robert frost...more
Joel
Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

***********

The Outsiders is a book about sensitive teenage boys who alternately get into gang fights, hug one another, and burst into tears. They also spend more time than you might expect ruminating on how the tightness of a t-shirt might enhance the rippling musculature of a steely-eyed fellow gang member (this is where Stephanie Meyer got the idea for how to characterize Edward). Even though they're always complimenting each other's hair and doing gymnastics, it'...more
Briynne
I'm a little horrified at myself for not having this book up before now. We had a discussion about it in class today, and I had to write this as soon it was over. I wish there were more stars to give The Outsiders, but five will have to do. I love this book, and have loved it faithfully since I read it in sixth grade - I must have read it a dozen times, and possibly more. I can quote long sections of the book. I was obsessed, and to some degree still am.

It's not a good book by any literary stan...more
Nancy
I loved The Outsiders when I read it as a teen and again when I read it just a few months ago. S. E. Hinton created a believable and engaging cast of characters who struggle with conflict in and out of their gang and learn the meaning of friendship and family. A very moving and enjoyable story!
Allie
This was a great book but I was incredibly disappointed after I found out it wasn't about aliens.
Rainbow
This book is part of a very romantic scene in my third book (Fangirl) -- so I decided to reread it.

So good.

SO GOOD!

I was struck by what an EXHALE it is. It comes out in one long breath. Sometimes it doesn't feel like a novel; it feels more like a story that someone is telling you. And they're talking a little too fast. But still -- SO GOOD.

The voice is just seamless ...

Sam
After reading this book, I feel different.

I dunno. I just...you know that feeling when you finish a book and you look out your window and you just think: I feel more informed, more intelligent, more understanding of what's going on out there.

Yeah.

So, I did enjoy this book. Sadly, I had no idea of the Greasers' or the Socs' existence up until starting this novel, but never mind. These characters were just..




AMAZING.

I could really connect to them, you know?! They seemed so lifelike, so real, so a...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I LOVE this book. I don't know why I find it so good. The whole thing just seems so real. It's really exciting, and the characters are all really believable. I like how the story was written by a young author who really knew what she was writing about--she based it partly on the experiences of her friends. It's like people say--"Write what you know." And S.E. Hinton did just that, and did an excellent job. The book does have some corny parts, and is one of very few books that actually made me cr...more
HeavyReader
I read this book when I was 13. It moved me so that as soon as I got to the end, I turned back to the beginning and read it straight through again. Of course, all this reading was accompanied by much heartfelt crying.

I told my mom that it was my favorite book. She told me it was not my favorite book. She really meant it wasn't the most well-written book I had ever read, and she was probably right about that. But no one call tell another person what is or isn't his/her/hir favorite book, because...more
Ellie
Set in a small town in Oklahoma in the 1960's, this novel is narrated by a vulnerable fourteen year old orphan, Ponyboy Curtis, who is a member of the "Greasers". The "Greasers" are a gang of boys from a poor neighbourhood and they've all have had to grow up much too fast in order to survive. They come from broken homes, either have no parents or they're parents are drunks and just don't care about their children. The "Greasers" constantly have to be on their guard against vicious attacks from t...more
Cristian Cnca
Sep 10, 2008 Cristian Cnca rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Gaspar CNCA
What will happen to ponyboy that will change his life? In the story the Outsiders by S.E Hinton ponyboy is a misunderstood, smart, teen that is not like the friends he hangs out with.Johnny is part of the greasers who is treated cruelly at his home.Darry and Soda are pony's brothers ,darry makes pony try his best at school and soda stops a fight when both of them get into a fight.Set at his neighborhood where there is poverty and gang like groups that cause trouble in the neighborhood.Ponyboy h...more
Werner
Dec 05, 2008 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Both teen and adult fiction readers
Recommended to Werner by: One of my grandnieces, Alicia
While the setting of this brilliant novel is presumably Hinton's native Tulsa or modeled closely on it, and the specific social circumstances of the teen milieu she depicts, with its sharp and often violent class conflict between the spoiled, nihilistic upper crust versus the angry, socially/economically circumscribed white underclass, may (or in some places, may not) have changed since the 60s, the themes she addresses here are absolutely universal and timeless: the universality of human feelin...more
Ryan
I never read The Outsiders, and I always felt left out because of it.

There are many texts like this in North America. A brief list of stories often taught in grades 7 - 9 might include To Kill A Mockingbird, The Giver, and Romeo and Juliet. Believe it or not, there's quite a controversy over this notion.

Does everyone need to read The Outsiders?

Teachers ask this question quite often, but they're not always given the authority to answer it. Instead, they are asked to teach the stories that are sto...more
Jacqueline
I am currently 15, and my aunt gave me this book when I was about 12. When I got the book, I put on a happy face and said I as excited to read it. But honestly I did not want to read a book about boys in a bad part of town and about street fights. But my aunt kept asking me if I read it, and after a few months I picked up the book, and from there, I couldn't put it down. This book was so inspirational and great. I loved every one of the characters. My favorite characters were definitely Johnny a...more
Kelly  Maybedog
I finally got the book from the library and have just started it. I'm incredibly impressed that this was penned by a kid in high school. It's very well written. There are bits that feel like a teenager wrote it, but that's a good thing because too often lately I've been reading children's books that feel like a 42 year old wrote them. While it's not bad to be 42 and write for kids, I'm 42 and do so, you don't want to sound 42.

I'm also bored. It's not Hinton's fault at all. I'm sure when she wrot...more
Dylan
Jun 19, 2011 Dylan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone (especially a teen)
Recommended to Dylan by: My teacher
One of my favorite novels of all time! What's so amazing is that this is based on a true story! I highly recomend this book! Favorite quote: "Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold..." -Johnny Cade.

Edit: This was even better the second time around. I understood the theme so much more clearly. Nothing but an instant classic.
Miguel
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Chris McKenzie
Jun 08, 2008 Chris McKenzie rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: teenagers savvy enough to handle it
Recommended to Chris by: a friend in middle school
In high school, what I thought I learned from this book wasthat, underneath it all, most hoods have hearts of gold. I had to learn the hard way that this was not so, and I worry about the legions of teenage girls who may be similarly affected - and confused - by the story of poor, unfortunate Ponyboy Curtis. Oh, the story is good, and I understand why so many teenagers have been drawn to it over the years. I have discovered, though, that boys rarely like it. The fact that it was written by a tee...more
Circus Princess
When my English teacher assigned The Outsiders, I was just like "Whatever." I really didn't care that much about the book and drew a conclusion from the awful opinions I have of Wuthering Heights and The Phantom of the Opera that me and classics just don't mix.

Major book pwn, my friends. I was dead wrong.

This book left me slack-jawed. Every single character had such a defined personality. Even better, I could actually understand what Ponyboy was saying! When I was reading Wuthering Heights, I ha...more
Sara
Sep 30, 2007 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone
The Outsiders is very similar to The West Side Story, it talks about 2 gangs however, in th is story, it’s about the relationships and gap between the rich and poor. The two gangs named, The Greasers and The Socs, are common enemies in their society. However, the love part is very similar to Romeo and Juliet, where one person from each of the gangs or the enemies falls in love with each other. Cherry from the Socs falls in love with Ponyboy and Johnny, Greasers. Like in Romeo and Juliet, it caus...more
Julie
This book, which was written in the 1960's, may have well been written today. It describes the many conflicts between gangs, social groups, family violence, and friends. Many emotions and thoughts surround the patrogonist, Ponyboy, who describes ganglife in the city. The book goes into many depths to develop the personality and emotions of every single character, and even from the view of the main character, you know the intellects of every little character. Every emotion is very sicere and well...more
Leenah
Made me laugh out loud. Made me weep buckets. Made me bite my nails in anticipation. Made me sympathize with each and every character. Made me marvel at and admire the loyalty, love, friendship, and trust the "greasers" shared. Made me feel horrible for their harsh lives. This book moved me like I've never been moved before.

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Michael Sorensen
Another one of those books assigned by Junior High teachers to 'elevate' their students. Crap. The only thing that made this book stand out to me was the fact that S.E. Hinton was a teen-ager when she wrote this. Major kudos for that, but the story itself...yawn. Hated it with a passion I can scarcely verbalize--and have yet to encounter a reason for why I should change that opinion. Movie also sucked... Sorry, but I am unimpressed.
Amber
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booklady
I remember growing up as a geeky young teenager I could have written a poem similar to the lyrics in Jordan Pruitt’s song, “Outside Looking In”: ‘If you could read my mind, you might see more of me than meets the eye. And you've been all wrong—not who you think I am. You've never given me a chance. You don't know how it feels to be outside the crowd. You don't know what it's like to be left out. And you don't know how it feels to be your own best friend on the outside looking in.’ Maybe I'm not...more
Kricket
I have mixed feelings about this young adult classic. Apparently it's a staple for high school lit classes; my husband was shocked I'd never been assigned read it before. The storyline of battling gangs is from a time and place I don't recognize. I didn't have Socs and Greasers growing up, although every high school has its share of jerks (of course). Maybe I lacked the identification that led so many readers to write S.E. Hinton letters of praise and thanks. What I did like was that the Greaser...more
Bryan
This book is very great. Even though the 2 strongest characters in the book go away.I like this book because it shows a social life from the two gangs Greasers and Socs. This book makes you get much deeper into the thoughts of S.E.HINTON...
Ana De Leon
Jun 30, 2012 Ana De Leon rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people interested in realistic struggles between social classes
Recommended to Ana by: My 7th and 8th grade teachers
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Kelly
A man died six years ago, but we didn't know at the time. They found him five days later, huddled inside a car, a junkie's tool kit littered across the seat. He was stamped O.D., self-induced slumber. Had the unfortunate been murdered, the label NHI would have been in there somewhere.

I didn't gravitate to this novel immediately. I kind of threw it around my room, getting to it at some point. After the above occurance, this book sort of found it's way back to me, in a lonely, grimy looking puppy...more
Ashrakat Deyab
"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.."

I was grinning so hard when I finished that last chapter, I was freaking myself out. 21 two-layered tissues were used during the process of reading this book (partly because I have a cold to be honest ;P but still.. this book got me really sentimental).

I absolutely loved the idea of the novel after I had finished it but then after I read more about the context in which it was written, I was comletely awe-struck. I mean, a novel written by a sixteen-year-old girl...more
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S.E. Hinton, was and still is, one of the most popular and best known writers of young adult fiction. Her books have been taught in some schools, and banned from others. Her novels changed the way people look at young adult literature.

Susan Eloise Hinton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has always enjoyed reading but wasn't satisfied with the literature that was being written for young adults, wh...more
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