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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; REP edition (Sept. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014038572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140385724
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. This classic, written by S. E. Hinton when she was 16 years old, is as profound today as it was when it was first published in 1967. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Taut with tension, filled with drama. (Chicago Tribune) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Avery Greaves TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 12 2013
Format: Hardcover
Admittedly going into this book I was somewhat determined not to like it- for one reason, it's completely out of my comfort zone (that being YA pararnormal and dystopian/ post-apocalyptic), for another, I had to read it for school (I cannot recall having ever finished a novel for school in its entirely, especially during high school). However, all that effort to not like it was to was to no avail- when all is said and done, I really enjoyed this book and it's safe to say that it completely exceeded my expectations.

After finishing this book the two elements which stick out to me most are the emotions and the relationships. In reading YA over the years I have grown so accustomed to the male characters being "bad boys"- cocky arrogant, and charming to the nth degree, however, despite all of that they have nothing on these boys. I've come to realize that those "bad boys" are fooling themselves, their "badness" (and all of the emotions surrounding it) is such a facade and superficial. These boys, from Soda, with a larger-than-life personality and who brings a smile to everyone's face, not unlike the beverage he derives his name from does, to Darry, stuck in a "between" state, due to putting his brothers before himself, to Dally, who isn't near as jaded as he lets himself come off of as, to Johnny, who, out of his death, inspires new life, to Ponyboy, a young man truly trying to find where he fits in the crazy world that he was born into, experience real and raw emotions- while they certainly have swagger, they aren't afraid to cry whenever need be (it was refreshing and I think that authors of the twenty-first century could certainly learn a thing or two from this author of the mid-twentieth-century).
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This is the story of the greasers and the Socs, the two social groups in the boys' town. The greasers are kind of a family of friends, because for most of them all they have is each other. The Socs are more violent and like to fight. They are the rich kids who have things that the greasers can only dream of. They fight every once in a while -- but one night someone takes it too far.

From that point on the story surrounds the two boys who are on the run from the "fuzz" (police). The story is told from the viewpoint of Ponyboy Curtis, who is a fourteen-year-old greaser. He has two brothers, Darry Curtis and Sodapop Curtis. Their parents were killed a few years back, but the courts let them stay together as long as they stayed out of trouble.

This book is about so much more than the cliché of popular boys vs. loser boys. There are feelings and characters that you want to see succeed. That's what makes this book different from all the others, in a good way of course.

I liked that the characters seemed so real, like you really knew them! I love it when a book is like that. There are internal conflicts with many of the characters as well as the good vs. evil aspect. Everyone in eighth grade should be required to read this book!

Reviewed by: Taylor Rector
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By Wolfe Moffat on June 6 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think I've seen this movie so many times that I can't count, and it doesn't hold a candle to the book. I loved reading this book, everything that the movie left out. You read this through the eyes of Ponyboy Curtis, and you learn what it is like to live life on the other side of the tracks, as greasers. You also feel a contempt for the socs, but also somewhat of a self pity for them as well. You read this and you understand his life, along with his brothers, Darrell and Soda-pop. This book also gave a more accurate description of Dallas Winston, and Two-bit than what the movie portrayed. You cherish the way Johnny is viewed in this book by the others in the gang.
It is probably easy for people to believe, but my favorite chapter where the rumble occurs. It gives a lot more detail, and you can feel every punch, every kick and every throw delivered in this work of art.
The movie was well made, will never exceed the quality of this awesome work. I could read this over and over and never get sick of it! It doesn't get much better when it comes to fiction like this.
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Teenage boys get picked on by the school jocks. Because they don't have rich parents. They have 2 different groups and they hate eachother. And they're the east and west side groups. And if their seen on their territory they get beat up by the jocks. Almost or in the middle of the they have a rumble on whose the best on each side. I like it when they save the kids from the burning church and the the part I didn't like was where his friend burns his back and dies from it. Because of why he was saving the kids from the burning church. This book is really good and I do recommend other people to read this book, because it's about courage, and other emotional problems. In this book they can get courage from it and not to even be scared of the bullies. (...)I like Ponyboy, because he as not like those other guys in the group. He had more manners than the other guys and he was nice to this girl. I don't think I hate any character in the book. He made the readers feel what the characters felt when they were scared or having problems. The reason why i love this book, is because the teenage boys have many problem like us. And they don't know how to deal with it. He made me feel like i was their watching what they went through. He had a good writing for the book. The way he wrote it i could see what was happening in the book. i liked the writing because it made sense to me when i read the book. He may have interviewed someone with this kind of problems or wrote about his childhood life.
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