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The Outsiders

Hinton, S. E. (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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.
Authors: Hinton, S. E.
Statement of Responsibility: S.E. Hinton
Title: The outsiders
Publisher: New York :, Speak,, 2006, c1967
Edition: Speak Platinum ed
Characteristics: 180 p. ; 21 cm.
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Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • lincolons rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Greasers like Ponyboy, are constantly jumped by Socs; Westside rich kids. They are rival gangs, that don’t get along. Luckily, Ponyboy can always count on his brothers and buddies to back him up if he’s ever in a predicament. Darry (the eldest brother) struggles to keep the three of them together, substituting for their parents that died, years ago. S.E Hinton wrote a beautifully well thought out book, full of emotion and depth. It’s written in such a unique, simplistic way. There are times when you can’t help but notice how “cool” the characters actually are or at least act. Reading the book, you realize that even the people who don’t seem to care or even have a heart, actually do. There are reasons why people are the way they are, whether it’s out of necessity, how they were brought up or the things they’ve seen and experienced. Ponyboy and Johnny like poetry and sunsets, they're sensitive and don’t necessarily want to fight. They are outsiders; they're different from the other Greasers, yet still one of them. They don't exactly fit the general expectations. There are many heart-shattering moments. The message conveyed, is remarkably powerful. By the end of the novel, a sense of appreciation for the book and author will overwhelm you. Her writing is simply astounding and original. Hinton began writing “The Outsiders” at only 15, making it even more memorable than it already is. This is a classic novel that has been around (or at least in the school curriculum) for a long time. A must read for all ages.

Report This Mar 02, 2014
  • ThePurpleBazooka rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Outsiders is an AMAZING book. The simplicity of the plot makes it easy to read, but it's not too boring at all. I must have read this at least three times :)

Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in seventh grade, and I remember enjoying it, but I didn't remember a thing about it. So, obviously, I had to read it again. And now I know why I loved it so much! It's a really cool story. The different social classes, the stigmas and how Ponyboy worked to defy them. It's a book teenagers can relate to, even though it's supposed to be set in the 50's. It's such an exciting, fast-paced book, and it doesn't take long at all to read! This needs to be on everybody's reading list, there's a reason it's a classic!

What!?! Dally and Johnny DIED!!?? NOT FAIR!!

Report This Jan 02, 2014
  • angiem99 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We had to read this book in class. It was pretty good actually, not my type though, but I would still recommend it.

Report This Nov 13, 2013
  • 0Charlie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I finally got around to reading this classic teen book. I appreciated the simplicity of how the story was told - you truly felt it was being told by a young adolescent. I felt for the 3 boys trying to hold their family together in the face of such a hard life and difficult surroundings. It is hard to feel the same impact that this work had when it first came out in 1967, given the wealth of teen fiction in the last 20 years. I was pleased to see that the author was 16. Very cool. Recommended.

This is the best book ever!! I keep rereading because I love it so much.

This book is so sad and really good and Watch the movie u guys:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Report This Sep 16, 2013
  • MARIA95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A awesome book couldn't put it down

Report This Sep 09, 2013
  • orange_monkey_421 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing book! I have read it twelve times, and I am still not tired of it!

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Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

MADKC4Ever thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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  • Allaa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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  • orangeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • indigo_zebra_84 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • blue_monkey_412 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

blue_monkey_412 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 13

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  • platypus101 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

platypus101 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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  • orange_monkey_421 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

orange_monkey_421 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 99

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  • Darth777Vader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Jul 11, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Oct 18, 2012
  • BieberFever108 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jun 27, 2012
  • Kadie2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jun 18, 2012
  • Ninja_Kevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.)

Report This Jun 07, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Aug 11, 2011
  • henein rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This Oct 05, 2012
  • TheOutsidersFanatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The church burning

Report This Oct 05, 2012
  • TheOutsidersFanatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This Oct 05, 2012
  • TheOutsidersFanatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jun 18, 2012
  • Ninja_Kevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The burning church and the little kids inside the burning church.

Report This Jun 18, 2012
  • Ninja_Kevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: the Greasers and the Socs.

Report This Mar 02, 2011
  • LMalouf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: a little bit of greaser fighting

Report This Dec 10, 2009
  • mirandavert rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: minor but still violence but read with caution lol

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Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Let's walk to the park and back. Then maybe I'll be cooled off enough to go home." "OK," Johnny said easily. "OK." Things gotta get better, I figured. They couldn't get worse. I was wrong."

Report This Feb 01, 2014
  • orange_monkey_421 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" As I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home." - Ponyboy Curtis

Report This Jul 11, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.

Report This Jun 24, 2013
  • bambi13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Stay gold PonyBoy, stay gold" -Johnny, 'The Outsiders'

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  • Darth777Vader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I kept staring out the window at the rapidly passing scenery, but I felt my eyes getting round. Dally never talked like that. Never.

Report This Dec 03, 2012
  • Darth777Vader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Get lost, hood! -Cherry

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  • TheOutsidersFanatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"When I want my kid brother to tell me what to do with my other kid brother, I'll ask you- kid brother." -Darry

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  • TheOutsidersFanatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It's a shame you can't ride bull half as good as you can talk it."

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  • TheOutsidersFanatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Johnny," Dally said in a pleading, high voice, using a tone I had never heard from him before, "Johnny, I ain't mad at you. I just don't want you to get hurt. You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you. Oh, blast it, Johnny," ... "you get hardened in jail, I don't want that to happen to you. Like it happened to me..." I kept staring out the window at the rapidly passing scenery, but I felt my eyes getting round. Dally never talked like that. Never.

Report This Oct 05, 2012
  • TheOutsidersFanatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Hop the three-fifteen freight to Windrixville, there's an old abandoned church on top of Jay Mountain. There's a pump in back so don't worry about water. But a week's supply of food as soon as you get there- this morning, before the story gets out, and then don't so much as stick your noses out the door. I'll be up there as soon as I think it's clear. Man, I thought New York was the only place I could get mixed up in a murder rap." -Dallas

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Report This Aug 13, 2013
  • Allaa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

the outsiders

The Outsiders - OPL Teen Tech Week Video Contest 2011: 1st Place winner (OPLtvc2011) .

This is a short trailer that was created for the Ottawa Public Library Teen Video Contest. The 2011 1st Place Winner

Report This Mar 09, 2009
  • lms rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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