The Outsiders, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In Ponyboy's world there are two types of people. There are the Socs, the rich society kids who get away with anything.

Then there are the greasers, like Ponyboy, who aren't so lucky.

Ponyboy has a few things he can count on: his older brothers, his friends, and trouble with the Socs, whose idea of a good time is beating up greasers like Ponyboy.

At least he knows what to expect - until the night things go too far...




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The outsiders was written by Susan E. Hinton when she was still a high school students. As a novel, it certainly has all the qualities of very good literature, although there are some features which betray the inexperienced hand of its author. For instance, the story is slightly melodramatic and largely predictable, while the main character's interest in literature, reading Gone with the Wind, and the outcome of the novel seem contrived.The outsiders is about two rival gangs, "the Greasers" and "the Socs", divided by social class, and each with a distinct group culture. Some of the members of both gangs attend a local high school, and there are fights and skirmishes between the rival gangs in the neighbourhood. Predictable, one of "the Greasers", Ponyboy softens and falls one of the girls belonging to "the Socs", but before any real romance can develop the gang has a violent clash in which one of "the Socs" is killed. Ponyboy and Johnny go into hiding, as the police will be looking for them. Their shelter, and abandoned church burns down, and Ponyboy and Johnny are the heroes of the day when they rescue a bunch of young children from the burning building. However, the subsequent media attention blows their cover, and the police soon arrive at the hospital where they were taken. Johnny, who shot "the Socs" gang member dies of his injuries, while Ponyboy lives, and starts upon a new life.The outsiders provides an interesting portrayal of gang culture in the 1960s, and is included in the series of Modern Classics of Penguin Books.

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Amazingly engrossing, although it's old enough at this point, some of the aspects on teenage life are still so relevant, I truly love this book.<br/><br/>I would honestly love to be friends with most of the Greasers. Aside from their humour and playfulness, the care they show towards one another is really very touching.<br/><br/>The movie was definitely a good adaption, but I would recommend finding the directors cut. You'll know you have it when it starts with Pony coming out of the movies and getting jumped by the soc's.

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