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The Outsiders

Hinton, S. E.

(Paperback - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Outsiders
Rivalry between rich and poor gangs in 1960s Oklahoma leads to the deaths of three teenagers and intense soul-searching for one of the kids involved, a sensitive fourteen-year-old writer named Ponyboy.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2012, c1967
Edition: Speak platinum ed
ISBN: 9780142407332
Branch Call Number: J FIC H
PZ7.H5976 Ou 2012
Characteristics: 180, 24 p. ; 21 cm.


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List - NYPL_YA Realistic Fiction by: nypl_woodlawn Sep 11, 2012

A story told by a seventeen-year-old boy about the physical violence and mutual hatred between gangs of the rich and the poor, and the fumbling search by teen-agers of the urban slums for personal dignity and a place in the world.

List - Book - Movie Tie Ins by: nypl_huguenot_park Apr 30, 2012

Great book great movie especially if you like 80's flicks

Classic - One of my all time favorites everyone should read at least once- It also happens to be a great 80's movie

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Sep 24, 2014
  • Rox9300 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Outsiders by S.E Hinton takes readers into the life of Ponyboy Curtis, a 14 year old boy who struggles with conflict in a society in which he is an outsider. The novel focuses on the rivalry between the two groups- the rich Socs, and the poor greasers. Ponyboy, along with his brothers and his gang, is a greaser. One night, the rivalry between the two groups goes too far, and Ponyboy embarks on a two-week long experience, in which he’s forced to make some important decisions which will affect the rest of his life.
This book is one of my absolute favourites. The writing style is so unique and relatable. The author, despite being a girl, really captured the perspective of a 14 year old boy, and made it so realistic and lovely. Everything simply flowed, and despite the story only taking place over a short span of around two weeks, I really felt like I had become a part of their world. The characters were written incredibly, with many sides to each of them. They were humorous, loving, daring, and bitter. I loved how well the different personalities in the gang just clicked together. The emotion and banter between them was just fantastic. The main character, Ponyboy, was written beautifully too. His perspective really made the book enjoyable, as well as challenging. His internal struggle throughout the story was so amazing to witness, and it conveyed the message of the story very smoothly. Overall, the story held a lot of symbolism and a strong message. It’s astounding that S.E Hinton wrote it at the age of 16, and I would definitely recommend it.

I remember back in my school days when I had to read this book I couldn't put it down for one moment. My teacher told me S,E. Hinton was ony 16 years of age when she wrote this book. You'll need a crowbar to get your eyes off the pages of this book!

Jul 24, 2014
  • hycao rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The connection between Ponyboy and Johnny, is incredible, almost inspirational.

Jul 10, 2014
  • Tinkerbell4eva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

darry, sodapop, ponyboy

Jul 09, 2014
  • Igor123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in 7th grade and it was my favorite book it was interesting and the movie was just as awesome as the book.

Jul 09, 2014
  • Kirsteen55wong rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book is very touching and really adventurous.

Jul 09, 2014
  • TheSarcasticPunk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had to read this book for school but i didn't want to because the school told me to, so I decided to read it last minute. However, once I picked up this book I couldn't put it down. This was by far one of the best books I have read.

Jul 09, 2014
  • appie31 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great Book. Loved all of it!!!

Jul 09, 2014
  • nightstaber rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

it is a awsome book!

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Jul 18, 2014
  • Stephanie_Sibbald rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had it then. Soda fought for fun, Steve for hatred, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought, and I couldn't think of a real good reason. There isn't any real good reason for fighting except self-defense.

Jul 10, 2014
  • ZebaPathan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"we killed a soc"

Jul 09, 2014
  • ETHAMAE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Say gold pony boy say gold

Jun 29, 2014
  • sakib_0 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"They liked the Beatles and
thought Elvis Presley was out, and we thought the Beatles were rank and that Elvis was
tuff, but that seemed the only difference to me. Of course greasy girls would have acted a
lot tougher, but there was a basic sameness. I thought maybe it was money that separated
us. "

Jun 09, 2014
  • SabyTheGod rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Stay Gold Ponyboy"- Jhonny before he dies

Jun 08, 2014
  • eahh2000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

one of my favorites
''...and I thought:You blasted fool.They don't know you're only bluffing.And even as the policemen's guns spit fire into the night I knew that was what Dally wanted.He was jerked half around by the impact of the bullets,then slowly crumpled with a look of grim triumph on his face.

May 26, 2014
  • cmorrison81600 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower,
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief.
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay."

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."

Feb 01, 2014
  • cmorrison81600 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

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

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

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Jul 03, 2014
  • blue_ninja_penguin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 16, 2014
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Jun 12, 2014
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Jun 08, 2014
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Feb 15, 2014
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Other: Most of the kids smoke regularly, and I believe there's a mention of drugs.

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.

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

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The church burning

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!

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.

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.

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

Violence: the Greasers and the Socs.

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

Violence: a little bit of greaser fighting

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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Jun 29, 2014
  • sakib_0 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

two groups, mainly called the greasers and the socs constantly rival over power and toughness.

Jun 16, 2014
  • blue_jellyfish_93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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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