The Outsiders Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1988
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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.See all Product Description
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This tale has helped to encourage youth, especially adolescent boys, to become willing readers. S.E. Hinton weaves an enthralling, adventuresome story of this group of boys and young men from the less-affluent side of town. She uses well-crafted dialogue and in-depth character development to draw the reluctant reader into as world of difficulties, challenges, and small hopes. The Outsiders has been recommended reading for school kiddos over the past thirty-plus years - and it should remain so!
After Ponyboy’s parents died it has always been him, Soda, and Darry. Darry was the parent, working two jobs, never having fun, and putting on hold his life to make sure Ponyboy (the smartest of them) got into university. Soda who was dumb and hated school, so he dropped out and started working at the gas station, saving him money to help support Ponyboy. At age fourteen, having both of your brother’s give up their life for you is a huge role to fill for them. But Ponyboy is smart and is able to keep up his studies while hanging out with members of their gang. Ponyboy is close with Jonny, another “little brother” of their group who is shy and doesn’t say much. Yet Ponyboy image was distorted of Jonny when one night they got jumped by a group of socs (meaning attacked). In self-defense Jonny killed one of the socs who was going to kill Ponyboy. On the run for murder Jonny and Ponyboy leave everything they have
S.E. Hinton wrote this classic book almost thirty years ago. The story plot is amazing as I love the character names (Sodapop and Ponyboy) along with the interactions between each other (the brothers).Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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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good book but overrated. dont come in expecting a masterpiece.Published 1 month ago by elliot wilson
Great read. My 13 year old could not put it down. She laughed, was made sad....an emotional read.Published 6 months ago by Moses
Great book. I purchased it for my daughter ,and she burned through it in a couple days.Published 9 months ago by Jerry L
The Socs vs the Greasers didn't really feel like a war between gangs (take for instance West Side Story's the Sharks vs the Jets). Read morePublished 14 months ago by Book Cupid
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