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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Outsiders (original 1967; edition 2006)

by S. E. Hinton

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Title:The Outsiders
Authors:S. E. Hinton
Info:Speak (2006), Edition: PLATINUM EDITION, Paperback, 208 pages
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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (1967)


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This book has been a favorite of many, written in 1967 about youth gangs in the early 60's. S.E. Hinton was only 16 years old when she wrote this story being motivated by the lack of teenage literature. Of course I have seen the movie but listening to it with a talented narrator was very much a rich experience. A great look into an aspect of American youth culture. ( )
  gaillamontagne | May 14, 2016 |
The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton

Bittersweet YA novel centering around three brothers raising themselves after their parents were killed and their friendship with a group of boys from the wrong side of the tracks. Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darrel "Darry" Curtis are doing the best they can to avoid being split up into foster homes. Darry had to pass up a scholarship to college in order to work and raise his younger brothers. They all hang out with a gang of goodhearted but tough boys from the East Side, called "greasers". They keep having run-ins with some troublemakers from the rich side of town whom they call the "Socs" (for "Socials"), eventually leading to an accidental death which changes the lives of everyone involved.

Ponyboy serves as the narrator, and as the youngest of the group, we see his 14-year-old viewpoint of their life, friendships, and hopes for the future. It's a captivating story on its own, but when you realize its author was only 15 when she wrote it, it's even more thought-provoking and impressive. In her real life, she was a tomboy and hung out with a group of greasers, but was also friends with more affluent kids, so she could see life from both sides, and was really the voice behind Ponyboy. The story is timeless, and although the names of social groups change over the years, their rivalries continue and are based on the same misunderstandings throughout time. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | May 9, 2016 |
This is a great book to use for early Middle school grades, because of the content it covers and the different events that occur in the text. This can be used as a read aloud for a middle school class, if they maybe would need some guidance to follow the ideas and subjects in the book but it could also be used as an independent read. If used for students to read independently I think it would be important to place them in groups to discuss events in the chapters and allow for a time of discussion and higher thinking when interpreting other peoples opinions. ( )
  aeuin01 | Apr 23, 2016 |
Hinton writes a coming of age novel about Ponyboy Curtis and two rival gangs, the Greasers and the Socs. A misunderstanding with some gang girls leads to gang warfare that results in the death of a Socs gang member. Ponyboy Curtis and his friend, Johnny run away and hide out in an abandoned church. As the boys prepare to leave, they notice that the church is on fire and the boys try to save some children. Ponyboy and Dally are not badly injured, but Johnny is in critical condition. The newly crowned heroes are informed of a rumble between the rival gangs. The Greasers win the fight, but Johnny dies. Ponyboy decides to return to school and must write a paper a theme in Gone With the Wind. He finds a note from Johnny that explains how he will die a respectable death. The novel explores two important themes for today's teens: honor and sacrifice and appearance versus reality. In respect to the theme of appearance versus reality, the characters in Hinton's novel can be compared to the characters in The Scarlet Letter or the characters in The Great Gatsby. The theme of honor and sacrifice in Homer's The Odyssey or the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade," or "The Red Badge of Courage." The gang violence, strong language, and family dysfunction make the novel controversial, however, it has been removed now from many banned book lists.
  sgemmell | Apr 21, 2016 |
I like this book for two reasons. First, I like how this is a more mature book, yet till something that is relatable. For example, there is violence in this book and there are strong bonds between family members and friends. There may be points that feel too mature for students, like when there is a fire. However, the strong bonds and things Ponyboy goes through make it relatable. Something else that makes it relatable and the other reason I like this book is because of the language used in dialogue. For example, at one point Johnny said, "How come y'all ain't scared of us like you were Dally?" Language like this is easily relatable because it is the way some people speak to each other in everyday conversation. The main idea of this story is that rivals do not really matter, what matters is friendship and family. ( )
  cawalt2 | Apr 18, 2016 |
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I enjoyed the book the Outsiders. I liked this book because it shows two seperate societes(greaser and the socs) can make make people very divided. But the strange thing is is that some of the people from each group don't want to be either and are similar in their ideas. This wass shown best through Cherrry and Ponyboy. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes a good book
added by acceleratedenglish | editStudent, Jack (Nov 10, 2011)
"The outsiders" was published in 1967, written by a 16 year old girl from US that was trying to write about the reality about teenagers on their hometowns.
Ponyboy Curtis is the principal character. A 14 year old guy from "Tulsa" with two older brothers named Sodapop and Darry. Their parents just died on an accident, they didn't had much money and were bullied and beaten by a group of rich guys.
Ponyboy and his brothers had a group with other two friends named Dallas Winston (Dally) and Johnny Cade. This group fight with the rich guys group.
Once, they were at the movies and met some girls that acted friendly with them and talked with them but whe they go out from the movies Ponyboy and the group find out that the girls had boyfriends and the boyfriends were part of the rich group..This meant MORE FIGHT!
My mood, or feeling for the story of the book changed when Johnny wanted to die and actually died.
I think sometimes be a criminal it's not something you want to do, sometimes it's an obligation.

*Madras: a light cotton fabric of various weaves especially one inmulticolored plaid or stripes, used in clothes. Noun. pg. 5
*Gallantly, adv: Smartly or boldly stylish. pg 39
*Shuddered, verb: To vibrate; quiver. pg 65
*Huddled, verb: To crowd together, as from cold or fear. pg 80
*Pleaded, verb: To appeal earnestly. pg 124
added by juanita.gomez | editb, gomez.juanita
Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far. Susan Eloise Hinton's acclaimed first novel, The Outsiders, was originally published in 1967 when she was a freshman in college and is as powerful now as it was then. She wrote it in response to a "greaser" friend of hers getting beaten up by a gang of "socs" and all the characters she says are "loosely based" on the people she knew growing up.
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This book is about a neighborhood gang, called the greasers, that gets into a fight with another group and one of the other groups members is killed by the greasers and now the two that killed the boy are on the run. While they are in hiding, they try to change their appearance, and they get help from their friends and fellow gang members. While in hiding, the two boys tried to save a class that went into the burning building where the boys were staying and they got seriously hurt in the process, and came very close to dying.
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According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. This classic, written by S. E. Hinton when she was 16 years old, is as profound today as it was when it was first published in 1967.

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A revealing account of the tensions, fears, and frustrations of gang life from a teenage boy's point of view.

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