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The Outsiders

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  624,443 Ratings  ·  19,753 Reviews
In Ponyboy's world there are two types of people. There are the Socs, the rich society kids who get away with anything. Then there are the greasers, like Ponyboy, who aren't so lucky. Ponyboy has a few things he can count on: his older brothers, his friends, and trouble with the Socs, whose idea of a good time is beating up greasers. At least he knows what to expect-until ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 180 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Speak (first published 1967)
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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'
Melissa Martin
Aug 28, 2016 Melissa Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, young-adult
I have watched this movie over and over when I was younger and I still have it today and love it just as much. I will admit I was in love with Dallas and had a crush on Sodapop but Dallas was my man =)

I just can't believe it took me this many years to read the book! And the book was so close to the movie it is almost unreal. Maybe it was due to the fact that S.E. Hinton was on set helping with the movie, I really don't know. I just love that I can read a book and watch a movie and there not be t
Oct 03, 2007 Briynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
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Stay gold, Ponyboy...Stay gold... *cries in Spanish*
Feb 16, 2008 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book but I was incredibly disappointed after I found out it wasn't about aliens.
Mar 07, 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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Oct 08, 2014 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
'Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold...'
Sometimes there are peculiar stories, stories which will not leave you for a long time and which are going to accompany you long after having turned the last page.

Sometimes there are touching stories, stories which feel so realistic that you believe every word the author puts into the novel.

Sometimes a book simply doesn't need perfect writing, beautiful language or consistent, flawless plotlines. The Outsiders is one of those books. It has flaws, not everything is believable. But there is someth
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
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
Jul 31, 2016 Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: We are the Sops here! We'd do well to think about the greasers out there!
Recommended to Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨ by: Councillor


Learning that the initials in S E Hinton stands for Susan Eloise was what it took me to have my initial awe multiplied many times over and have it oozing out to drench everything wet-able around me.

While there are plenty of quirks that set this story apart from the similar coming-of-age dramas, I will write about a few that remain fresh in my memory exactly two months after I read the book.

The unconventional names.
Sodapop and Ponyboy aren't usually the kind of names that you go about
Jun 20, 2007 HeavyReader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Occasionally a book is written at the perfect time, with the perfect story, with the perfect group of characters; and it is written with a passion and an insight that make it unique, that distinguishes it from any other book and any other story. And sometimes it defines a generation, or a culture or sub-culture of that generation. That, my friends, is what this book does. Is that what 15 year old Susan Eloise Hinton had in mind when she started to write this book? Probably not, but she was affec ...more
I thought maybe it was money that separated us.
"No," Cherry said slowly when I said this. "It's not just money. Part of it is, but not all. You greasers have a different set of values. You're more emotional. We're sophisticated - cool to the point of not feeling anything. Nothing is real with us. You know, sometimes I'll catch myself talking to a girl-friend, and realize I don't mean half of what I'm saying. I don't really think a beer blast on the river bottom is super-cool, but I'll rave abou
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Cramathon book #4: complete!

This book broke my heart. I knew the story because I had seen the movie, but the book was so much more heartfelt and heavy. I definitely teared up multiple times while reading this and I loved it SO much.
"Hey," I said suddenly, "can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?"
She blinked, startled, then smiled. "Real good."
"You can see it good from the East Side, too," I said quietly.

Let the truth be known that I am no position to write a proper review. I don't think I ever will be.

I am bawling.

Some novels which end up being labelled as classics don't necessarily contain ornate prose or even an impeccable plot, but they are successful in capturing the essence of a specific moment that is
Apr 29, 2016 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I'm not sure how many times I read The Outsiders back in the day but I know it was assigned often and I remember always loving it. It might be that book ...the one that officially started my love affair with reading. The chances are very good.

Revisiting the story as an adult, I was immediately comforted by Ponyboy's familiar narrative but newly and deeply affected by his innocence and gentleness. Tough guys who speak affectionately and with sweetness to one another is of a different era but t
Feb 26, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.

Sally Green
May 09, 2016 Sally Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish I'd read this when I was fourteen (back in 1975 - and 8 years after it was published - God I'm old) - I would have given it 5 stars when I was fourteen, I would have loved it.
There's a Rebel Without a Cause feel to it but it's not the same story. The reference to Gone With The Wind, which I read when I was fourteen or fifteen (and I guess few teens read now), resonated with me and took me back to my teenage years, which was useful as I'm a long way from my teens.
The language is interestin
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
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
Peter Monn
Aug 11, 2016 Peter Monn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant! Bawled my eyes out! Check out my full review on my Booktube channel at
Emily May
Apr 01, 2016 Emily May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
It was quite enjoyable, but I truly do not believe teenage boys in 1960s Oklahoma thought about each other's pretty hair.
Mar 23, 2016 Stepheny marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeff-said-so
Apparently I need to crawl out from under the rock I've been living under...since literally every friend I have on Goodreads has read this book.

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