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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  877,932 ratings  ·  31,536 reviews
Librarian note: This record is for one of the three editions published with different covers and with ISBN 0-140-38572-X / 978-0-14-038572-4. The records are for the 1988 cover (this record), the 1995 cover, and the 2008 cover which is also the current in-print cover.

The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Puffin Books (US/CAN) (first published 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 dont get why our teachers never forced us to read THIS book at school! Im convinced my teenage me wouldnt only have approved but also would have enjoyed it immensely and Im kinda sad I had to discover this book so late.
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
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to unknown 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,
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
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
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!
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.
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.
What did I think ?
I think Im 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, its 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, funny
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Natures first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs 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 book
Emily May
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
'Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold...'
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.
pink pills and paper
Nov 02, 2013 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 its never a good idea to expect too much, because thats such a big opportunity for disappointment. So I always prefer to know the least amount possible about any book Im interested in. However, the insurmountable praise for The Outsiders has always been tough to evade. Its everywhere.

I found that the quality of this book was perfectly evidenced by the fact that the immense expectation and build-up accumulated
Raeleen Lemay
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #11: A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym

It's been ten years since I read this book, and I'm happy to see it definitely holds up to my high expectations, since I loved it dearly in the eighth grade. It's one of those books that makes me want to immediately read it all over again, and that's pretty rare for me. Fantastic!
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. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel but did most of the work when she was 16 and a junior in high school. Hinton was 18 when the book was published. The book details the conflict between two rival gangs divided by their socioeconomic status: the working-class "greasers" and the upper-class "Socs" (short for Socials). The story is told in first-person perspective
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
Susan's Reviews
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, ...more
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 ...more
Merphy Napier
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars, classics
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
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 ...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
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Outsiders is a simple story; it's a glimpse into the lives of a gang of boys who all occupy the poorer side of their small town, and are otherwise known as greasers. They are in constant feud with the "socialite" rich kids, or soc's for short.

The very first thing I want to mention about The Outsiders is that S.E. Hinton was only a 16-year-old high school student when she authored it. She was inspired to write about teenagers in a way that represented them accurately
Jun 20, 2007 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
Em Lost In Books
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Em Lost In Books by: Arpit Jain
A relatively short book at 192 pages, The Outsiders tells us about a bunch of teenage boys and their gang wars. Definitely a very different story that I read in most coming of age books, it talks about violence, innocence, ignorance, jealousy, alcohol, and anger in boys.

S.E.Hinton started writing this book when she was only 15 and when she was 18, she published this book. Kudos to the author for writing a coming of age story about boys when she herself was an adolescent. Also her portrayal of
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review now posted!

Wow, this was an incredibly powerful book. And it was made more powerful (for me) by the knowledge that the author was only 16 when she penned it.

The story of Ponyboy, his brothers, and their gang of greaser friends was profoundly emotional. The violence between opposing gangs, and the lack of adult knowledge or interference, seemed so sad and pointless, but adolescent rage with no direction or purpose has to exert itself in some way. These boys just wanted to survive,
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.
Jenny Baker
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, classics
It's impressive that S. E. Hinton wrote this when she was sixteen years old. I wish I had been that ambitious at that age!
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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,

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