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The Outsiders (L-I-T Guide)

The Outsiders (L-I-T Guide)

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by Charlotte S. Jaffe, S. E. Hinton
     
 
December 1997

"I could picture hundreds and hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities, boys with black eyes who jumped at their own shadows. Hundreds of boys who maybe watched sunsets and looked at stars and ached for something better. I could see boys going down under street lights because they were mean and tough and hated the world, and

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December 1997

"I could picture hundreds and hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities, boys with black eyes who jumped at their own shadows. Hundreds of boys who maybe watched sunsets and looked at stars and ached for something better. I could see boys going down under street lights because they were mean and tough and hated the world, and because it was too late to tell them that there was still good in it and they wouldn't believe you if you did.... Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand them and wouldn't be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore."

The Outsiders is a book that delves deeply into the hearts, minds, and stories of a group that had no voice before S. E. Hinton gave them one. She began writing the book at age 15, spurred on by the disturbing trend she saw growing in her high school towards division between groups. "I was worried and angered by the social situation," Hinton writes. "I saw two groups at the extreme ends of the social scale behaving in an idiotic fashion -- one group was being condemned and one wasn't.... When a friend of mine was beaten up for no other reason than that some people didn't like the way he combed his hair, I took my anger out by writing about it."

Thirty years after it was first published, The Outsiders still carries the same frightening and unifying messages for teens (and readers of all ages) of the '90s. The ruthlessly realistic and violent story of the Greasers and the Socs, rival gangs from very different sides of the railroad tracks, is narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, a smart, sensitive kid who has grown to become one of the most recognizable figures in the history of young adult literature. Any teen who has ever felt isolated or different can identify with Ponyboy, a kid forced to be tough on the outside, but who underneath is just as scared and needy as anyone. Hinton herself has said that she has never written a character as close to her own self as Ponyboy is. Young Adult fiction was shaped and defined by Susan Eloise Hinton, and the realism she attached to the genre became the norm, enabling later writers like Robert Cormier and Judy Blume to find characters and voices that actually spoke to adolescents. Since 1967, Ponyboy has become the hero for countless teenagers nationwide, and now, with the rerelease of the book to commemorate 30 years of readers, The Outsiders stands to influence an entire new legion of adolescents who need Ponyboy as much as ever.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566440592
Publisher:
Educational Impression
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Series:
L-I-T Guide Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,152,469

Meet the Author

The recipient of the first annual Margaret A. Edwards Award for distinguished contribution to young adult literature, S. E. Hinton is the author of several popular young adult novels, including That Was Then, This Is Now (Viking). Several of Ms. Hinton's books have been made into movies, most notably The Outsiders, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Ms. Hinton lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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The Outsiders (L-I-T Guide) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book. There was alot of action in it. I liked it because it is something that I have almost experienced in a sense. I really recamend this book for middle school readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently read this book at school and I have to say that I love it! I thought I was going to sleep my way through it, but I was wide awake!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure, this book was good, i am a grade 8 student and we are doing a Report on it. Sure its good, but just not what i like... All you 8th grade 13 year olds out there like me should pick up a good book like something from Stephen King... If you liked the Outsiders then you'll love anything by Stephen King.. i have been reading his books since i was in Grade5... One bad thing about this book at least, and that it is the fact that they dont mention what the characters are saying when they swear, which is pointless in my opinion, because all 8th graders have heard em all before by the time they r in grade 8 eh?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Outsiders made me really think about how hard things get and that when you think you have it hard to take a look at what others have...this book made me do that and it made me think about how people treat other people just because they are different...this book teaches not only to look at things but it teaches not to hate. I liked this book very much and i think that there is something in it everyone could learn something from. Read it...it is the best book i've ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Outsiders is the best book I have ever read. On a scale of 1-10 its an 18. I have never cried so much while reading a book and the characters have never seemed so real. I actually felt like I could go out and meet the characters and I felt like I was right there with them in all of the action. If you have not read this book.... READ IT! you'll be so gald you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
~*~I really loved this book! I have read it 4 times already. I am in grade 8 and I am reading this for my English class. I was the first one to finish it. It's one of those books that is just impossible to put down! It is the best book I have read in all my life! I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!The movie was okay, But the book was excellent! The movie skipped alot of the good parts. I think that S.E. Hinton did a really great job on this book, I loved it! It's filled with tension and drama. If I could put more than five stars on there, I would put one million! This book caught my attention from the first chapter! I couldn't put it down! Usually with books, I just get bored after the first chapter, I'm one of those people who rarely finish a book if the first chapter is boring.~*~