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The Outsiders Paperback – Deckle Edge, April 20, 2006
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for The Outsiders
"The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world." —The New York Times
"Taut with tension, filled with drama." —The Chicago Tribune
"[A] classic coming-of-age book." —Philadelphia Daily News
"What it's like to live lonely and unwanted and cornered by circumstance...There is rawness and violence here, but honest hope, too." —National Observer
"This remarkable novel gives a moving, credible view of the outsiders from the inside...we meet powerful characters in a book with a powerful message." —The Horn Book
A New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book
A Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Winner of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award
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I read this book many times as a teenager, drawn in to the heartbreaking tragedy of teen boys struggling to make their way in a world that had already consigned them to the gutter. I recently read it again, with more understanding of how these boys were burning brightly at both ends. My heart ached once more for the self-destructive Dallas and whipped puppy Johnny. With adult eyes, I understood Darryl's neverending stress over keeping Ponyboy out of trouble so he wouldn't be taken away to a foster home. Two-Bit's alcoholism emphasized how these boys felt they had no means to escape being from the wrong side of the tracks.
My students are 8th graders at an urban middle school, predominately black and Hispanic and they are obsessed! Even my most reluctant readers are enjoying this novel. They're all excited about seeing the movie too!
Overall I do like the story line, as I typically like to read the story to get a better understanding of the characters before watching the movie. I do plan to update this once my daughter reads it and provides her opinion of the book.