The Outsiders

The Outsiders

by S. E. Hinton
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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

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). 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 as The Outsiders stands to influence an entire new legion of adolescents who need Ponyboy as much as ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140385724
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/01/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 20,638
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2813 reviews.
Aryanna More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I had to read it for school and to tell you the truth at first I thought the book sucked. A total bore! But then I got more into it and started to realize how interesting the story actually was. Its a great book, definetly worth reading!
Stella_Black More than 1 year ago
I know I am going to write a long review so I will give my first impression off the bat: THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL! READ IT! I first picked up this book last summer because I thought I had to read it for my school's summer reading list. In the car on the way home from the library, I did what I always do with new books: read the back cover. I honestly didn't think I'd like this book because I really had no idea what it was about, but after reading the back cover, I was immediatley interested in what I read and started reading it right there in the back seat. From there, I don't believe I went anywhere without the OUTSIDERS by my side. In and out of school, I raved to my friends about this book. Although a few of them didn't really listen (matt), one girl told me about S.E.Hintons other books. I was also extremelly excited to see the play a local high school did, see the movie, and do a book report on the OUTSIDERS. I found characters very well developed and abosulutely wonderful for the imagination. Ponyboy is really one of the better characters I have read about; someone we could all look up to: the gentelman in a tough situation. And someone I can really relate to as a teenager and a lover of books and movies. The names of the characters were creative and I throughly enjoyed the descriptions of the characters and their various situations. The OUTSIDERS gives a new look on a subject that is often looked upon with much scorn and violence. But what I might have enjoyed most about this book is the absolute innocence of it. If you are looking for a book a 10 year old (or younger) could read, this is definitly a mature book without all the througly annoying nonsense of the teen books. Being 14, I, unfortunately have tried many times to find a book without language or sex in the teen section and have failed sadly (although I have been very happily succesful in the Christian Fiction section!). The OUTSIDERS can be found in the teen section but contain none of the atrosities mentioned that effect the teen and adult books of today. This book does have a fair bit of violence but it is a book about gangs and we are not talking about a book where elves go on a picnic and get neither ants nor rain. If anyone asked me to give my opinion on this book over lunch I could probably say a heck of a lot more and give away the story entirelly. But I won't. My final answer if you are deciding on reading this book or not, the answer is clearly YES without a doubt.
Nico16 More than 1 year ago
This book is really great! It has very believable, dimensional characters. The writer makes the characters seem real by giving them problems, and putting them in situations that they have to face their problems head on in a split second. They are faced with very real problems, and some not-so-real ones. The story takes place in a very common setting, where there are two social groups that collide day in and day out. The characters' problems co-relate with their setting to make things even more realistic. I would definitely reread this book just for fun! It is a good read for all ages!
Kimbeey13 More than 1 year ago
This is the book I owe the world too! It's the book that really got me into reading and opened many doors for me. The story is about the tension between two groups (the rich kids known as the Socs and the poor kids known as Greasers). One day things are taken a bit to far which leads to a few problems for the Greasers. This is a book about friendship, family, and the struggles that sometimes need to be made to make it in the world.
rioseco More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I COULD READ IT AS MANY TIMES AS I WANT AND NEVER GET SICK OF IT!!!!
maestraMG More than 1 year ago
Timeless story written by 16-yr-old SE Hinton. Any teenager will be able to relate, especially boys. While not a difficult book to read, it is a great example of author voice, and an example of what a young person can accomplish. Should be on your 'Must Read' list...you won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a book the author wrote while she was still in high school and it is loosely based on her own life. The story takes place in a small, rural town in the 1960s. The two main groups in this story are the "socs" and the "greasers." The socs are wealthy high school students that do bad things and get away with them. The greasers are poor, less educated and tough. The Outsiders is a story of rebellion, youth, and heroism. It focuses on an endless, senseless conflict between two groups of young people and the problems that result. Its main character, Ponyboy, watches his world slowly fall apart as the battle between the groups rages around him. The use of a first-person narrator gives the reader a sense of belonging to the greasers, encouraging sympathy for their struggle. Ponyboy is a strong, sensitive, intelligent young person who cares very deeply about his friends and brothers. He often faces danger, and what he wants most is a sense of security and stability. Instead, events spiral towards an inevitable tragedy, and Ponyboy must accept his own powerlessness. The Greasers are young men who refuse to accept the subordinate position that society has given them. The Socs mock the Greasers and the adults in town overlook them: rather than accept their status and live in peace with the wealthier citizens of town, the Greasers seek respect and rebellion. They are proud, strong-willed people who know they deserve better. The result is a life of constant conflict and ever-present danger. At the end of The Outsiders, Pony is transformed from greaser into a writer. He learns to express his resentment and anger through more creative means, no longer resorting to violence. He is able to share his story with an authority figure, his English teacher, who does not belong to his crowd. The universal message of The Outsiders is that peace can come through understanding, communication, and a willingness to move beyond violence to resolve conflicts. This is a timeless story that was written from a teen's perspective. It is well written and enjoyable. It is required reading for most children in school yet most like the story and see a parallel of this story in today's times.
lion_and_lamb28 More than 1 year ago
Great book!! I read it in class and if i hadnt i would have missed out on alot. I couldnt put it down. The realism of it is incredible. I highly recomend is for a project or just for fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders had to be one of the most moving teen reads ever written. This book can be read 100 times, and you'll still cry at parts and smile at other parts, even when you know what is going to happen. My good friend had first told me about this book and she started explaining how much she loved it and how it was about gangs, and I did a double take. At the moment, I thought she was crazy for obsessing over a book about gangs. Now, I see why she loves it so much. No one would ever think a book about Greasers and Socs would ever be this incredible. But it is, and the fact that Hinton had started writing this at the age of fifteen is amazing. Incredible author and an incredible heart warming book that will live on forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard of The Outsiders before, and finally decided to read it on my own. I was absolutely stunned by how much it affected me. It is honestly the best book I have ever read, and this is coming from a die-hard Harry Potter fan. If you are going to read this, however, I would recommend reading the end in a private place, considering I literally sobbed for about twenty minutes, something no book has ever made me do. It's amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ponyboy Curtis, the main character in The Outsiders, lives with his older brothers, Darrel (Darry) and Sodapop. Pony and his friends (Darry, Soda, Johnny, Dally, Two-Bit, and Steve) are 'greasers'. Greasers are like hoods who have a rough relationship with the 'Socs'. Socs are the rich kids who like to jump greasers for fun, and once in a while greasers and Socs get into a rumble. But one night, while Pony and Johnny are at the park, things go too far and Pony and Johnny must run away... Lots of way more exciting things happen after that and the book only gets better. Only that I dont want to spoil all the fun! Im sorry if you wanted to know more... **By the way: The second you are done reading the last paragraph in the book, READ THE FIRST PARAGRAPH IN CHAPTER 1. Trust me. ;) REVIEW: I promise you that you will enjoy reading every single word in the book (I know I did)! This is one of my TOP FAVORITES BOOKS and always will be! BUY THIS BOOK!!! You wont regret it. Five stars.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
The reason why I choose book is because I really recommend everyone to read this book. The reason why I say that is because this book can make you get really excited and make you not wanting to stop reading the book. Then characters in the story make the book live because actions gets better and better. The author writing makes the story very thrilling and all the action in it grasp my attention really fast when I first looked at the book I thought I was going to be disappointed but when I started to reading I told myself that was a lie but I was very surprise on how amazingly this book was. And after I read this book I recommended story.all my friends to read it and they told me no this book is going to be lame and I told them they need to try it out and they did. After one of my friends read the book he told me dude I don't like reading but this book is the best book I have ever read. But my friend told my other friend then he thought it was going to be corny but when he read it he was surprised. But out of the whole book my favorite part of the book is the part when the greaser and sacs fight that part has allot of action in it that part gets you really attracted me to the story and when I got to that part I didn't put the book down. So it was great telling you about my opinion and I really recommend you to read this
dyslexicmom More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book because it could be any time period by just changing the gangs names. My daughter had to read it for seventh grade, she also has is dyslexic so I read it in order be able to help her if necessary. But I enjoyed the plot and twists of the story. So it is a good read and I would say take the time to read it.
BUMPERFOX More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME!!!! I LOVED THE CHARACTERS AND HOW U CAN'T REALLY TELL WATS GOING 2 HAPPEN IN THE BEGINNING. IT IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK!!!!
kaylee_combs_4 More than 1 year ago
The Outsiders By: S.E. Hinton The Outsiders is a book about two social groups that go back and forth about who is better. The main characters are Ponyboy, Johnny, Dally, Sodapop, Two-bit, and Darry. Other characters are Cherry, Randy, Marcia, Steve, and Bob. The story takes place in Oklahoma. One group is the “greasers.” They are the poor east-side kids. The “Socs” are the west-side rich kids. The characters, Ponyboy and Johnny, get themselves caught up in running away, a murder, and a church fire. They find a little help on the way from Dally Winston. Ponyboy and his oldest brother, Darry, have problems of their own as well. I think that one of the themes for this book is family. The whole gang is like one big family. They stick together no matter what. When someone is in trouble, they are all there to help. I think that the other theme for the story is don’t judge a person unless you know their story. It’s important to understand a person before you form an opinion of them. I think that The Outsiders is a great book and I enjoyed reading it. I recommend it to everyone who loves a good, suspenseful book. I think Hinton developed her characters very well. Teenagers can really relate to all the social class drama. She definitely reached her target audience. The whole idea for the story, in my opinion, was executed very nicely. I think that everyone should read The Outsiders. I give the book two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school. So I thought this book will be boring but it is not boring at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book this year in my reading class and loved it<3 i also reccomend that was then this is now and rumble fish
lubnikki More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year in 7th grade and i LOVE this book i read it like 5 times since them and it never gets old!! YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!! but if your to lazy to read it then watch the movie i LOVE the movie to! and maybe you will change your mind and read it...yup thats all i have to say
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a novel based on the 1960's about 2 groups in Oklahoma. There were the greasers, hoods who lived on the bad side of town, and then there were the Socs. Rich kids who greasers thought had it made. The narrator, Ponyboy, a 14 year old kid who is part of a greaser gang, lives with his 2 older brothers because his parents died in a car crash. One night, when Ponyboy and his friend, Johnny, get jumped by some Socs, everything goes wrong. The 2 boys have to run away before they get caught. So they ask their tough friend, Dallas Winston, to help them get out of town. Dally gives them some money, a gun, and a plan to help them escape. Then Ponyboy and Johnny hop on a train to the country. There the find an abandoned church. They think everything will be fine then. Well of course they are wrong. When Dally arrives to see how the boys are doing, they go to Dairy Queen. When they return to the church they&rsquo;re staying in, it&rsquo;s on fire. To make matters worse, some kids were trapped inside of it because a school was having a picnic around the lot. Ponyboy goes running off into the church to save the kids. Johnny follows after him. After they get most of the kids out, Ponyboy starts to come out. But before Johnny can, the church collapses on him. Both boys are rushed to the hospital right away. What happens next? It&rsquo;s not my job to tell you! I really enjoyed this book because it made you fall in love with the characters. With each chapter you got to know something more about them and more complex. S. E. Hinton did a wonderful job slowly unraveling the plot. I know this is a story a bunch of people can relate to, whether they&rsquo;ve been judged, have a bad home, or have had trouble with not knowing what to do. This story shows us that we all are in common and no one is better than another person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AAAAAAWWWWWWWEEEEEEEESSSSSSOOOOOMMMMMMMEEEEEEE!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Outsiders is seriously my favorite book! It is such an amazing, compelling story. The main character is Ponyboy Curtis. He is considered a "greaser" because of his looks and his income. He is a smart, sensitive 14 year old who ends up accidentaly getting in a lot of trouble. Most of the book is about the struggles he faces with his best friend Johnny Cade, and accepting who he is and his family. Overall this is an incredibly well written, articulate book that any young adult should read. Believe me, once you have read it you wont be sorry you spent the money. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, had to read it for school and i loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Outsiders is such a relatible and intresting book. It's very fascinating, getting to understand each and every character's perspective of the journey they are soon about to come across. The Outsiders is about two groups the "Socs" and the "Greasers. The Socs are wealthy, educated teens that cruise around in fancy cars such as Madras, and wear/own expensive clothes. But their territory is the West Side of town. They basically have it all, or so that's what everyone thinks. On the East side of town, you'll find the Greasers. The Greasers are young tough teens that are less educated and poor. From their name "Greasers" you can probably tell they are the type to use grease in their hair as, sort of their trade mark. They consider their gang as family and help each other out when needed. The narrator, young 14 yearold Ponyboy Curtis is busted out from the Movies and hangs out in the lot with his close friend, 16 year old Johnny Cade. But when Johnny wakes Ponyboy up things get out of hand and they end up running away. Slowly by slowly a conflict unravles into another as Ponyboy explains his adventure from beginning to end and explains how that affected him. This outstanding book includes suspense, adventure and hints of romance that will leave you completely speechless. S.E Hinton did such an amazing job writing this book especially at the young age of 16. I honestly love this book and always will and I highly recommened this book to anyone of any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outsiders Review The Outsiders is a book written S.E. Hinton. It is about two groups called the Greasers and the Socs. They are rivals and they try to jump people all the time. The Greasers are boys that are poor and don&rsquo;t have all the stuff as the Socs do. The Greasers are the ones to get picked on the most, and jumped by the Socs. The Socs are the rich kids, and they live in the South side. They like to jump people, and get drunk. One of the nights the Socs finds a couple of the Greasers and decides to have a fight. That is when some of the characters decide to do some things most wouldn&rsquo;t dare to do. When you read this it will shock you to the end of the book. The Outsiders is very well written, and an eye catching book. The characters in this delightful book are Marcia, Cherry, Dally, Johnny, Two-Bit, Steve, Randy, Bob, Soda, Darry, and Ponyboy. In this book the Greasers and the Socs are enemies, they are always trying to start a fight to see who is stronger. They all wait to fight in the deadly rumble. There are many themes in this story like society and class, loyalty, love, appearances, education, and choices. The writer&rsquo;s words are so vivid that as you read it you feel as if you are a part of the story. When I read the Outsiders book it really got me and reached me. I think this is a very good book, and it will keep you in suspense all the way to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite book! Ever since I first read The Outsiders back in 8th grade, seven years ago, I have not been able to give it up. I have read this book numerous times since then. SE Hinton has a way of making her characters come to life and it's impossible to not feel the struggles that Ponyboy, Johnny, Dallas, Darry, Soda, Two-Bit, and Steve go through. You get to know them as well as if they were your childhood best friends. I highly recommend this book to everyone. In the words of Johnny, "Stay gold!"