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The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. 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 h ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Puffin Books (US/CAN) (first published April 24th 1967)
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the sights you want to see.”

So this was my first time reading “The Outsiders” and I really don’t get why our teachers never forced us to read THIS book at school! I’m convinced my teenage me wouldn’t only have approved but also would have enjoyed it immensely and I’m kinda sad I had to discover this book s
Read for the third time for my YA class in grad school! I've read it twice before - once on my own in 2014 and once for my undergrad YA lit class in 2017. Despite knowing what I was getting going in, the novel still holds up, and I can't wait to examine it more deeply in class! ...more
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joel 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'
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally read this classic. Glad to be in the know!

I can see why this has stood the test of time. The story is easy to get into and keeps your attention throughout. It seems like any person, young or old, rich or poor, popular or outcast could empathize or sympathize the themes. Finally, the key climax points are done very well and hit you right in the feels!

Another thought I had while reading is this is another one of the young adult fore fathers. We now take for granted that every week there wi
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reread was just as good as the first time around!
I forgot how much action takes place over such a short time span

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Oct 03, 2007 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967 by Viking Press.

Ponyboy Curtis, a teenager member of a loose gang of "greasers", is leaving a movie theater when he is jumped by "Socs", the greasers' rival gang.

Several greasers, including Ponyboy's two older brothers—the paternal Darry and the popular Sodapop—come to his rescue.

The next night, Ponyboy and two greaser friends, the hardened Dally and the quiet Johnny, meet Cherry and Marc
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a great book but I was incredibly disappointed after I found out it wasn't about aliens. ...more
Jan 14, 2008 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!
Jul 09, 2012 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.
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 t
What did I think ?
I think I’m falling in love all over again. This will always be my favorite book and I am see myself reading this another 4 times during this year.
I believe this is a book that all ages need to read, it’s such a life changer and it shows you have rough people have it. Rich or poor everybody goes through some sort of hell. It teaches you to respect and appreciate where you are brought up and who you are brought up with. Always choose kindness.

This book is some what violent, funn
April (Aprilius Maximus)
'Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold...' ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: excellent, own
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
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Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S.E. Hinton started writing this book when she was 15. It started out as an essay/short story after she witnessed a friend getting jumped. In the end, she decided to write the kind of young adult novel she wanted to read: about real issues, written truthfully and with painful realism.

This was a very controversial book in its day: I know my high school did not have it on the curriculum. What an excellent, inspiring novel. I remember how moved I had been when I read Catcher in the Rye (which, odd
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded. This book seemed too nihilistic for my taste. A lot of events occur. A group of youths called the Greasers oppose the Socs, a suburban group, rival to the Greasers.

I didn't cherish this book in places. It's lugubrious at times. What is the motivation for whom is a forgotten question by the time the plot unravels.

Despite its nihilistic clothing, there is some heart to the novel. Only one needs to have limited experience with novels to find this one fresh.
Merphy Napier
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, five-stars
I'm honestly shocked at how much I loved this book. I couldn't believe how attached I got to these characters in such a short time and the plot kept me guessing the entire time. I couldn't' put it down. This is for sure a new favorite ...more
Fabian {Councillor}
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
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DNF @ p.18

So I'm probably going to book hell for not liking this book but I didn't really like PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER or TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, either, and those are sacred from what I'm told.

I read this as a teen and I remember thinking it was kind of boring then, although all the fights and relationship drama sort of interested me. The names were weird and kind of dumb, though. Now, as an adult, it all just feels so very Rebel Wit
♛ may

i was actually spoiled for the ending of this book by Fangirl (SO BE AWARE) but DESPITE THAT i still really really liked this book 😭😭

i am weak for a group of tragic boys with tragic pasts who are outwardly dangerous and feared but are actually deep down soft marshmallows and love each other more than life and would die for each other

man, i love that trope
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
Brigid ✩
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Ponyboy? Who?

One thing that you can believe is, when your elders say that you don’t stay the same, they are correct.

They mean that you change the way you think, the way you do things, the way that you look upon the world. I’ve heard this said so many times that I can dream about it.

In other words, I used to adore this book. And I thought Ponyboy was adorable. Of course, I was twelve-years old and had different standards for adoration (maybe).

I have to confess, though, I wasn’t confused like him.
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mango by: Izzy Rose
“Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”


Ok, before I get to the review, I would like to say a couple things. This book was read for school! So in school, we were given 5 books, and had to choose one book to read for a literature study.

The choices were:
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Copper Sun
The Outsiders
The Giver

Now, you might be asking why I chose this book, and that's because I found this book in my recommendations a while back! So, I woul
Brett C
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has stood the test of time. The author has the ability to speak to everyone and anyone because of the emotional connectedness it exudes. The story is about youths, you could even say troubled youths. There is a coming-of-age presence in the book with all the characters, not just Ponyboy Curtis. There was a redeeming quality I found in the story because underlying we all have within ourselves something good. I also found that life is and can be difficult, but family can keep anyone grou ...more
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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: Fabian {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 yo
Unknown Reviews
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I had to study two books in school for my exams. One was "To Kill a Mockingbird" (great choice). The second one should've been this.

The Outsiders is told by Ponyboy Curtis, a greaser from the East Side of town. Their rivals are the Socs -middle class, rich snobs. The Greasers are the ones who always get into fights, are low-life criminals, Greasers are the kind of guys no self-respecting girl would date. Yet, Ponyboy's closest friends and families are wonderfully tight-knit, a band of brothers
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.
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