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The Outsiders

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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 September 1st 1988 by Speak (first published 1967)
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Faith I would definitely skip S.E.'s "Taming the Star Runner". When i first read it, I couldn't take how boring I found it. Don't let that comment sway you…moreI would definitely skip S.E.'s "Taming the Star Runner". When i first read it, I couldn't take how boring I found it. Don't let that comment sway you though if you like "city bad boy turned farm boy" kind of stories.
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Oct 16, 2012 Rainbow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of a very romantic scene in my third book (Fangirl) -- so I decided to reread it.

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 ...

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
Jun 12, 2011 j rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to j by: Donna
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'
Oct 03, 2007 Briynne rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 25, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it
I'm just feeling a lot of emotions right now don't toUCH ME.
I barely remembered anything about this book from reading it in high school but oh man it was definitely better than I remember. Even though I've never been in any of the situations referenced in the outsiders, the overall themes are meaningful and easy to grasp. REAL GOOD REAL GOOD.
Aug 28, 2008 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 16, 2008 Allie rated it really liked it
This was a great book but I was incredibly disappointed after I found out it wasn't about aliens.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“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.”

Last week my son came home from school and informed me he had a homework assignment about the book his class is reading as a group. Said child was forlorn that he would be unable to complete the assignment as the editions of the bo
Feb 01, 2016 Mayra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: excellent
Expectations scare me. I had heard so many wonderful things about this book. And it’s never a good idea to expect too much, because that’s such a big opportunity for disappointment. So I always prefer to know the least amount possible about any book I’m interested in. However, the insurmountable praise for The Outsiders has always been tough to evade. It’s everywhere.

I found that the quality of this book was perfectly evidenced by the fact that the immense expectation and build-up accumulated th
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
Jun 20, 2007 HeavyReader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
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.

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
Edward Lorn
Nov 10, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The Outsiders is on my list of 100 Best Films Ever Made. And I hate Tom Cruise. I hate everything about the man. His religion, his face, his hair, the way he plays the same character in every movie (Tropic Thunder excluded, but that character was just as annoying as regular Tom Cruise, so fuck that guy too), but I can stand him as Steve in the film because he's just kinda... there. I think Matt Dillon and Ralph Macchio steal the show, but that's just me. Anyfloop, that's how I feel about the mov ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
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
Jaseena AL

Title: The Outsiders
Type: Standalone
Author: S.E. Hinton
First Published On : April 24, 1967
Rating: 5 stars

Nothing Stay Forever"
"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 today.
"Nothing gold can stay’’.

-- Robert Frost

“I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's ne
Dec 05, 2008 Werner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Both teen and adult fiction readers
Recommended to Werner by: One of my grandnieces, Alicia
Shelves: general-fiction
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
Cristian Cnca
Sep 10, 2008 Cristian Cnca rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2011 Demo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who ever lived.
Recommended to Demo by: Teacher
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
Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
Though I usually prefer romance and fantasy, reading The Outsiders was an amazing experience. It took me by surprise how much I ended up enjoying this book. I loved everything about it - even the character's faults. The book also introduced me to one of my favorite poems, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Just incredible.

Stay gold, Pony Boy, stay gold.
Kelly H. (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
Emily May
Aug 06, 2015 Emily May rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
I swear I had no idea that S.E. Hinton was a woman when I was reading this. I was a bit taken aback at first when the male narrator started describing the other male characters' handsome looks, golden hair and muscles, not because I harbor some closet homophobia, but because it seemed unusual and extremely brave to write a novel about gay youths set amid the gang culture of 1960s Oklahoma in 1960s Oklahoma. Then, as the story moved along, I realised that Ponyboy and his friends did not seem to b ...more
Apr 05, 2009 Miguel rated it it was amazing
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Nov 22, 2014 Jonnie rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Nothing Gold Can Stay

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.

— Robert Frost

One of my favorite poems was incorporated in this book. One of my favorite actors was mentioned in the first sentence. One of my most lusted-after celebrity men was in the film. Gahd damn, that's gotta say it all, right?

The Outsiders is an amazing book. I first picked it
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Jun 19, 2011 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Sep 30, 2007 Sara rated it it was amazing
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
24/11 - This reminded me of a darker, more realistic American Graffiti set in Oklahoma. I don't know much about the state of Oklahoma (or possibly anything about it, seeing as I was under the impression it's a state full of cowboys and horses and ranches), I didn't even know the capital city prior to googling it. I would never have imagined that Oklahoma would have gang wars between the Greasers (I've seen Grease about 50 times, enough to recite most of the dialogue, and American Graffiti twice ...more
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 th ...more
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