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The Outsiders [Mass Market Paperback]

S. E. Hinton
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Oct. 6 1997
The 45th anniversary of a landmark work of teen fiction

Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.

Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 26 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive work! June 6 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars All About Outsiders June 3 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching with a Message for All Kids May 20 2004
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Imagine living in the neighborhoods of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Imagine living not in a nice, clean house, but a small, old and rundown place. Ponyboy is an execellent example of a teen who has more to live for than fighting alongside his friends and brothers in a feud between rival gangs: Greasers and the Socials. The Greasers represent the less fortunate group of teens, who have no money, no adequate education, and most of all, a loving family. Ponyboy, as one of the youngest members of the Greasers, thinks about the reality he dwells in. He realizes that with his parents gone, it was up to his older brothers, Sodapop and Darry, to raise him well and love him. Sodapop, being the friendliest of them all, nurtures Ponyboy with love and dedication. Darry, on the other hand, is the oldest and most strictest of them all. Often correcting Ponyboy for his mistakes, Ponyboy in a way dislikes that side of Darry. However, Pony realizes that Darrys' reason for his tough exterior is because he assumes the role as the man of the house. It is his responsibility to raise Ponyboy and Sodapop so that they may grow up to be successful. Ponyboy at first seems like a weak, stoic, and shy type of teen. But, as this episode of the story progresses further, he becomes metally strong and sticks to what is right. In the midst of maturing into a young adult, he encounters enemies and friends. His best friend, Johnny, is younger, but is more like an older brother to Ponyboy. It is they who stick together until the end, evermore expressing how powerful their friendship is. Reading The Outsiders is a must for all kids of any age. It is books like this, that will help young children and teens grow up heading towards a successful adulthood, because the latter stage in life is deeply affected by the former stage. Reading this, a person may come to realize that growing up is difficult and requires strength, sacrifice, honesty, and courage. This will help children prepare for whatever their life may unfold.
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