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.