The Outsiders

The Outsiders

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The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.
Publisher: New York : Viking Press, 1967.
ISBN: 9780670532575
Branch Call Number: FIC/HINTON
Characteristics: 188 p. ; 22 cm.


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Apr 29, 2021

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a classic that tells a shockingly realistic story about society and how we divide ourselves. The story follows Ponyboy, a greaser in Tulsa, Oklahoma during 1965. He lives with his brothers after his parents passed away in a car crash. Ponyboy tries living a normal teenage life despite having to deal with a rival gang and the conflict between him and his brothers. Ponyboy has other greaser friends that he interacts with throughout the story and they help him when problems arise. The story follows Ponyboy and his greaser friends through their troubles and their adventures.

This story gets a lot of themes right without having to be too direct with them. Ponyboy having to deal with the damaged relationships he has with his brothers is an interesting plot point. And of course, we have the rich and poor gap that is shown through the conflict between the two rival gangs. The rival gang also shows the cycle of violence in a way that lets the reader reflect on the book and how it relates to the world around them. Upon finishing this book, I was left thinking about how this book is still relevant today, almost 54 years later.

4.5/5 stars, Ages 13+

Apr 27, 2021

"The Outsiders" is such a moving piece of literature. The way the book is narrated seems so realistic—it captures real emotions of teenagers, especially when they find themselves in suffocating situations. After reading, I learned that the author of this book, S.E. Hinton, wrote this story during high school. She was experiencing the rivalries between Greasers and Socs, since she grew up in the 1960s. I believe that her first-hand knowledge of these events contributed to the believable way the novel was written. Going into this story, I had no idea what I was in for, but I was not disappointed! I recommend this book to all teens, and I think that if you have not read this story yet, you better check a copy of this novel out and get to reading!

Apr 13, 2021

Set in Oklahoma during the 1960s. Ponyboy is part of the Greaser gang who have a rivalry with the Socs. The Socs are wealthy kids who tease and bully the Greasers. The Greasers are poorer and constantly have to defend themselves from the Socs. It’s common for the Greasers and Socs to get into fights but one night Ponyboy’s friend, Johnny kills a Soc. They successfully escape the police and a brawl between the Greasers and Socs ensues. A few more members from each gang are killed. This causes Ponyboy to realize that The Greasers and Socs feel the same pain even if their financial situation is different.
S.E. Hinton really shows the importance of accepting others throughout this book. Loyalty and friendship are also a big part of this story especially with Johnny who was willing to put himself at risk to save Ponyboy’s life. The Greasers in general are also a good example of true friendship because they defended each other against the Socs. Hinton also incorporates the harsh reality rivalries through the death of many of the main characters and how it can affect others.

Mar 19, 2021

Ponyboy is a member of the Greaser gang. He is a bright kid but is surrounded by a whole family of friends who would do anything for him. The Socs are the Greasers' rival gang, consisting of rich kids who spend time picking on the Greasers. One night, Johnny takes a daring leap to save him and Ponyboy from being killed by the Socs. Johnny and Ponyboy flee to hide from the cops. The relationship between the gang members proves to be an interesting story as the story progresses. The external and internal conflicts for characters like Ponyboy and Dally provide an interesting story, making The Outsiders a great read.

ArapahoeCarmen Feb 17, 2021

Re-read this classic and enjoyed it all over again! Told in first person by main character Ponyboy, it tells the story of the life of a teenager and the struggles that he goes through. You can see how the lives of the "greasers" and the "socials" are no different with the exception of finances. They all go through the same struggles of rejection and peer pressures. I read this when I was in Jr. High and re-read it now that I am a lot older and these two struggles are still factors in many teenager's lives. Even though it is fiction, I have recommended it to my growing nephews.

Jan 21, 2021

S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders" is a beautiful encapsulation of the coming of age of neglected teens and the angst they hold toward the visibly unfair world. Hinton's tale features the Greasers: Ponyboy, Sodapop, Johnny, Dally, Darry, Steve, and Two-Bit. Each of these "rebel" teens, with their own special relationships with each other, learn about the horrors of class separatism in their own ways. They each face their own neglect and foster their own journeys through a world that wants nothing to do with them. Through these individual journeys, the Greasers become more than friends -- they become brothers. "The Outsiders" is a raw, accurate tale of teen angst and neglect as well as how grief brings people closer together.

Jan 14, 2021

I recently read this book, and I loved it instantly.
I have heard people say that this book has no plot, or that the characters don’t act realistic, but the characters act exactly like teenagers do act, and the fact that it seems to have no plot is because it really doesn’t; it’s Ponyboy’s story, and it follows his life, and the book doesn’t end at the end of his life, instead he tells us about a certain part of his life, and I think that is why it rings so true to so many.
Stay gold....

Dec 30, 2020

I have always been a really huge fan of the outsiders. When I found out that there was a second book I knew that I had to reread from the very beginning of the first book

Dec 19, 2020

This is a great book, Reminds me of the warriors. i would recommend this to 7th-8th and maybe 9th graders. very action pact and suspenseful. 10/10 for me.

Dec 19, 2020

Of course this book is a classic and everyone should read it, but I recommend it especially to fellow teenagers (if you haven't already read it for school), because it shows what can go wrong after mistakes that seem like they are no big deal. Once you get involved with a crime there is no going back, and decisions that seem small can be extremely weighty. This book will teach you the importance of friendship over “coolness,” and the importance of commitment to having a friend’s back. If you have made the decision to be loyal to someone, it can be hard to make good choices, though. It is even harder to watch someone die. Read this book to enter the lives of Pony Boy, Dally, Soda Pop, and Johnny.

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Jul 22, 2016

"Things are rough all over."
Cherry Valance
The Outsiders

Jul 21, 2016

"You get tough like me and you don't get hurt, you watch out for yourself, and nothing can touch you." -Dallas Winston

Jun 24, 2016

“Things are rough all over.”
― Cherry Valance, The Outsiders

Jun 21, 2016

"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie I only had two things on my mind: Paul Newman and the ride home."

Jun 09, 2016

"Are you Heros"

May 26, 2016

" Stay Gold Ponyboy.... Stay Gold"

- Johnny Cade

Jul 30, 2015

Stay Gold
Stay Gold

Jun 30, 2015

Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

Jun 30, 2015

"Stay Gold Ponyboy, Stay Gold"

Jun 22, 2015

"stay gold ponyboy, stay gold"

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Mar 22, 2021

Other: Some mature content.

Mar 22, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Fighting scenes.

Mar 22, 2021

Violence: Killing, attempted killing.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Violence: Knife-fighting.

Feb 24, 2014

Other: Most of the kids smoke regularly, and I believe there's a mention of drugs.

Feb 15, 2014

Violence: Just fighting, and a lot of talk about beating each other up, or pulling out pocketknives.

TheOutsidersFanatic Oct 05, 2012

Coarse Language: Gotta love Dallas Winston! XD But yeah, I mean, kids of this generation probably have heard the words PLENTY of times, but its still there.

TheOutsidersFanatic Oct 05, 2012

Violence: The Rumble, Johnny and Bob, Pony and Socs, okay, so there's a lot of fighting.....but it's still beyond amazing!

TheOutsidersFanatic Oct 05, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The church burning

Ninja_Kevin Jun 18, 2012

Violence: the Greasers and the Socs.

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Mar 01, 2019

Warning: Spoiler alert!

The Outsiders, a novel by S.E Hinton is a thrilling, emotional, and tragic adventure. The story of the Greasers and the Socs is told from the perspective of Ponyboy Curtis, a young greaser. Although he has the hair and clothes of a gangster, he has the heart of a learner and loves books and films. In this book Ponyboy goes on an amazing adventure from hanging out with some lady Socs, to running from the police. Pulling off a daring rescue, only to have a loved one die.
The story of The Outsiders takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma the hometown of S.E Hinton. Ponyboy lives with 2 older brothers, their parents having been killed in an accident. The greaser gang is very close, you could even call them a family. During rescues and rumbles they repeatedly prove their loyalty to each other in numerous ways. Running from the police causes more danger than they thought, and with the death of a beloved friend comes the insanity and death of another.
When you first start the book, it seems as though it would be very violent. But once you read a bit more you realize it’s really a story about finding yourself, and about relationships and how hard it can be to live the life of a Greaser.
During this well told tale Ponyboy struggles to find his true self. He lives the life of a greaser, but dreams of something more.
One of the key themes I found in this book is that we’re all human. They aren't just 'that Soc’, or ‘that Greaser.’ Everyone has their own personalities and characteristics, even if they can't or won't show it. And that was one of my favourite things about the book.
The Outsiders is really well written and detailed down to every paragraph. The book being written through Ponyboy’s eyes and ears makes it a lot easier for teens and young adults to relate to the story. Also, there is swearing but it only suggests that someone swore, so that made it, for me, a much more enjoyable book than if it had actual swearing.
I really enjoyed this story. It’s so well told you have trouble putting it down, especially at the most dramatic parts. But really there’s only violence because it tells the story, and the book wouldn't be the same without it. I would definitely recommend this book to all young adults and teens who are looking for an excellent, adventurous, yet realistic book or for those who are pressured by society and peers. This book was really interesting for me and sad too, but it teaches a very good lesson, though depending on the person the moral might be a bit different.

Jun 30, 2015

A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers hate the Soc, a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a fight that ends in the death of a Soc member, the boys are forced to go and hide. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with the intense Dallas and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.

blue_jellyfish_93 Jun 16, 2014

The Greasers and Socs have been rivals for years. Two gangs, two sides, two classes, and one war. Ponyboy is part of the Greasers. One day when coming home late, his brother Darry gets angry and slaps him. Upon running away and almost getting drowned in a fountain by a Soc, Johnny (his friend) accidentally stabs and kills the Soc to prevent Ponyboy from dying. Now they are on the run. After hiding out in a church and changing their identity, Dallas finds them. At the end, when Johnny dies and Dally kills himself in his anger of his death, Ponyboy knows that in life there are ups and downs. Even if they were outsiders they would exist. Forever.

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider.

Oct 18, 2012

This story is about a gang of friends, particularly one member, that live in the poor side of town. The poor side is dangerous and looked down upon. Teens that inhabit the poor side are called "Greasers", due to all the product they put in their hair and how poor they are. The "Greasers" tend to get in fights, drink alcohol, and cause trouble. The "Greasers" main enemy are the "Socs" (Socialites), richer kids from the nice side of town. Both groups fight constantly and they treat each other horribly.
The one member of the gang of "Greasers" that the story focuses on is PonyBoy Curtis. PonyBoy doesn't like fighting and doesn't really fit in with the other "Greasers." The problem is thats all he has ever known. He goes to a movie with a couple of the gang and two of the "Soc" girls are there. PonyBoy makes acquaintances with one of the girls and the girl's boyfriend happens to catch PonyBoy with the girl. Later Pony boy is with a friend and the boyfriend of the girl starts beating PonyBoy and Johnny (the friend) up. In self defense Johnny accidentally kills the boyfriend...... This starts a Feud between the two groups if there wasn't already one.

Kadie2 Jun 27, 2012

Ponyboy Curtis is on the bad side of town. The side where people are looked down on, where the cops pull over especially just to pick on you because of the way you look. Faced with being smart in a world where smart is bad, poor in a world where poor is bad, and the rut of all his family and friends, he makes some bad decisions might not be so bad in the end.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 18, 2012

Yes, I did like this book I also agree with Miguel because I can picture like a movie in my head for the whole book. We have just finished a book called, “The Outsiders” by S.E. a realistic-fiction book. In this book the protagonist is Ponyboy and he is a greaser. Ponyboy also has a gang, he also have friends that are in the gang. Some of his friends are Two Bit, Dally, Darry, Soda boy, and Johnny. There is another gang called the Soc. The soc hated the greasers because the greasers have long and greasy hair. The soc also look at them like there are poor. The greasers look at them like they are rich because the soc have blue mustangs, corvairs, and etc. The problem in the book is that the greasers are keeping on getting jumped by the soc. One time Ponyboy and Johnny went to the park to have a talk and a corvair pulled up. One of the soc tried to drown Ponyboy; however, Johnny had a switch blade and killed him and pulled Ponyboy out from the water. The rest of the soc ran back to their corvairs and sped away. Ponyboy was surprised what Johnny had done, he saw that there was a body laying there and a whole pool of blood. Johnny had to escape out of this town other wise the police would come after him and send him to prison for the rest of his life, Ponyboy and Johnny didn’t want that to happen so they went to Dally for advice. After when they had escaped, Dally gave them a gun, money, and Dally’s leather jacket. Dally gave his leather jacket to Ponyboy. When Ponyboy and Johnny got to the place that Dally had told them to go, which was a very old church. They had lived there, then Dally came to meet them and invited to a restaurant to talk. After that when they came back to the church, the church was on fire with some little kids inside it. The people had told Ponyboy and Johnny that they went on for a picnic and all of a sudden a fire had started. Ponyboy and Johnny had rushed in to save the kids after that a big piece of amber fell onto Johnny’s back. Ponyboy’s back was on fire but he didn’t feel it because Dally had given him a leather jacket. Dally ran in and knocked Ponyboy out because his back was on fire and carried Johnny out of the burning church. (I am going to end here because I don’t want to give away the ending.)

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

In mid-1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Greasers are a gang of tough, low-income teens. They include Ponyboy Curtis (Howell) and his two older brothers, Soda (Lowe) and Darry (Swayze), as well as Johnny Cade (Macchio), Dally Winston (Dillon), Two-Bit Matthews (Estevez), and Steve Randle (Cruise). Their rivalry is with the Socs (pronounced "soashes"), a gang of wealthier kids.

Aug 11, 2011

Ponyboy Curtis, the fourteen-year-old narrator, lives with his older brothers Sodapop and Darry, since their parents passed away in a car accident. They are all members of a Greaser gang, meaning they are considered hoods or juvenile delinquents by society. Other than being financially and socially disadvantaged, the Greasers' main problem is getting jumped by the Socs, the rich kids from the West Side. The other members of the Greaser gang are Johnny Cade, Dally Winston, Two-Bit Mathews, and Steve Randle.

Later that night, Ponyboy and Johnny accidentally fall asleep in their favorite vacant lot. Ponyboy runs home, but when Darry scolds him and hits him for the first time, he goes back to find Johnny. They are jumped by Bob, Randy, and other Socs, and during the fight Johnny stabs and kills Bob to stop him from drowning Ponyboy in a fountain. Panicked, Ponyboy and Johnny find Dally, who they know will help them. He gives them some money and a gun and tells them to get on a train to Windrixville and hide out in a deserted church.

Ponyboy and Johnny stay at the church for about a week, during which time they cut off their long Greaser hair as a disguise and subsist mainly on baloney. Dally comes to meet them eventually, and takes them out to get burgers. While they are out, Johnny decides to turn himself in. But when the characters get back to the church, they find it's on fire. A school group had been having a picnic there, and some children are trapped inside. Ponyboy and Johnny run in and save the children, but Johnny is caught across the back by a burning piece of timber.

Soda and Darry come to the hospital to pick up Ponyboy, and they learn that Dally's arm is burned and Johnny is in critical condition. The boys go home because there is a rumble against the Socs that they need to attend. Ponyboy feels sick, but decides to go to the rumble anyway. Dally escapes from the hospital to fight in the rumble, and the Greasers win.

Dally takes Ponyboy back to the hospital to visit Johnny, who is dying. Before he dies, Johnny tells Ponyboy, "Stay gold," meaning he shouldn't lose the innocence of childhood, and should avoid becoming hardened like Dally. Dally is extremely emotional after Johnny's death, since he loved Johnny, and runs off. Ponyboy is feeling even sicker, but has to go home and tell the rest of the gang that Johnny is dead.

Dally calls the Curtis house from a payphone to say that he's robbed a grocery store and the cops are chasing him. The whole gang runs to the vacant lot, and sees Dally approaching from the other side, followed by cop cars. Dally pulls out his gun on the cops, and they shoot him, killing him. Ponyboy passes out and is delirious and sick for the rest of the weekend.

He wakes up in bed, and is in denial over Johnny's death. He has to go to court to testify about the events surrounding it, and is acquitted and allowed to continue living with Darry and Soda, rather than being sent to a boys' home. But things are not the same for him; his world is upside-down, and his grades start to slip. Darry confronts Ponyboy and brings up his failing grades, and a huge fight commences between them. Soda is upset by all the fighting, and runs out of the house.

Darry and Ponyboy find Soda in the vacant lot, and he tells them he can't stand how they fight all the time, since they'll only survive if they stick together. All they have is each other. Darry and Ponyboy hadn't realized their fighting upset Soda so much, and they vow to get along and take care of each other. Ponyboy has to decide what to write about for his semester theme in English class, and he decides to write The Outsiders as a warning to other boys at risk to turn their lives around before it's too late.

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