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The Outsiders

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Hinton, S.E.(1967)
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The Outsiders
Young Adult

It seems as if at every high school there have been easily identified groups of people, whether it be city kids, country kids, jocks, nerds, or, in the case of Hinton's book, greasers and socs. Hinton's use of nicknames and teen language makes this a true to life reading experience and you end up rooting for the group you wouldn't root for in real life--the greasers. Many readers have enjoyed spending time with Cherry, Ponyboy, and Soda. You can dwell on the themes of classism and stereotypes by reading Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet or The Merchant of Venice or by reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Reviewed by Mel B., North County Regional

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Reader's comments about this book

The Outsiders is an emotional story about a young boy who is a greaser. I think it`s the best book I`ve read!
-Michael, Train Your Brain Summer Reading

Ponyboy Curtis and his gang are tight. From Dally (Dallas) the toughest one, to Johnny, the gang's pet, these pals all have one thing in common; they've all been stereotyped as greasers by the Socs, the rich group. It's a great book.
-Mary, Charlotte, NC

Ponyboy Curtis and his gang feel set apart from the Socs. They all dream of a world where there is no stereotyping, just everyone living together in peace. The Socs and the greasers are constantly at war, and both groups think they have it bad, but things aren't easy anywhere. Ponyboy realizes this in time, because he finds out something surprising from Cherry, a girl he meets at the movies: Socs watch sunsets, too.
-Mary, Charlotte, NC

I recently read this book over the summer and I think Pony boy and his friends were heroes. I loved this book and I would recommend this book.
-Stacy, Middletown, NJ

I recently read this book when it was recommended by a friend. I have seen people like Ponyboy and Johnny growing up on the rough side of town, afraid of their own shadows. This is a great book.
-Lin-Z, Cottondale, Al

This book contains many different themes, from who is the better group between the soc and the greasers to being a hero in many different ways. This book is very inspirational but also emotional.
-Zach, New York City, NY

I knew that this would be an excellent book from the minute that I saw the cover. Outstanding. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
-Tamir, Los Angeles, CA

This book is hot!
-Jessica, Bronx, New York

I read the outsiders literally 100 times. It is an awesome book with a great storyline.
-Tiffany, Western Australia

I just finished reading this book in school. I loved the book so much that I had to watch the movie. I fell in love with the characters. The movie was great but the book was even greater. Ponyboy was my favorite in the book, and Sodapop was my favorite in the movie.
-Emily, Mechanicsburg, PA

My favorite book ever! I would totally recommend this to anyone!
-Ashley, Macomb, MI

This book is just like explaining how it is in our world right now with all of the gangs and fighting. Some people want it to stop because it does kill all loved ones!
-Tiffany, NY

The Outsiders is a tale of passion, hope, friendship and tragedy, funny at times and other times moving to the point of tears.
-Windsong, South Africa

Be prepared for a book that will take your breath away...
-Brittany, Little Rock, Arkansas

This was a unique book. It is an edifying and special book. This tells the hardships of losing your parents; it tells you how hard it is to be poor. Being beat up every day and jumped by people who think they’re “High-Class” when they beat up people that don’t have fancy cars, and clothes, and living the high road, when that makes them a lower class. They beat people that have problems, when they do too. This was a very good book.
-Evan, Dallas, TX

This book is the best book I've ever read! I would highly recomend this book to everyone!
-Mai, AZ

This is one of the BEST books I've ever read! I couldn't put it down last night until i got to the end and I do agree it is like the groups at our schools today and that we do route for the side we more then likely wouldn't route for in real life but this book was SOOOOOOO good I cried! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!! :)
-Jessica, Stokesdale, NC

This book was truly amazing it made me cry...for some reason I feal like I can relate to this book, it was just indescribable it's inspired me to do so many things so far.
-Jason, Raymore, MO

I really enjoyed this book. My best friend has a life like this. It can show people the other side of life. So I do love this book.
-Parsa M., Colorado

I love this book! It's extremely hard not to cry. My teacher told us to only read one chapter per night, but I read over half of it in one night!
-Mariangella, Durham, NC

I think that this book was excellent. I think that Ponyboy and his brothers, Dally and Sodapop, went through a lot growing up with no parents at their age. If you really think about it they have no one there to feed them. It's all up to Dally. It must have been hard for him. It's hard enough for him to work for himself to eat but to have two brothers to feed too. I think that's why Dally always snapped at Ponyboy. He cared so much for him and didn't want him getting hurt. I think that "Cherry" was right when she said, "Things are rough all over." It goes to show you that although you may think you are the only one with problems that there are other people out there with problems too. I think this was an excellent novel and if you haven't read it yet, head over to the nearest bookstore and READ!!!
-Melissa, Chicago, IL

I think that this book was great. It is my favorite book. At first, I didn't want to read it. My cousin said it was amazing so I thought fine. I read the first chapter and thought its pretty good. The next day I finished the book and was amazed. I loved it!
-ALLEY, PARKCITY, KANSAS

I think this book was the best book evaaa!!! Make another one!!!:)
-Jeremy, North little rock,Arkansas

The best book EVER!
-Anonymous, Rochester, NY

I love this book more than any other book I have ever read! I would definitely recommend it to anyone! I have just finished reading this book recently and am already looking forward to the movie! Hopefully more people will read about this book! IT'S GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Jannell, NC

I had to read this one for class and usually I hate books but this one was TRULY AMAZING.
-Cail, Cailfornia

this was a great book. It really opened my eyes about the different types of people there are in this world. It really chenged my life. I also feel that any and every teenager of any age should read this book. If you like it or not it's extremely informational.
-Chelsea, Georia, Riverdale

I love this book because of all the action, excitment, and tragedy.
-codie, Portage, WI

Seriously, this is the best book in the world. Its completly INCREDIBLE. If you havent read it yet I dont know whats stopping you, it is a moving story about friendship and belonging. This book, might actually change your life. ps. Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio) IS HOT.
-Ale, ontario

This book is amazing it shows how teenagers cope and live roughly. Probably the best book I have ever read.
-Rose, England

The same reason I read the outsiders by S.E Hinton is because my cousin told me that it was her favorite book. I thought ahh, whatever. I read the first chapter. I thought so-so. The next day I was hooked! That book was absolutely amazing. It was action packed and made you think about them. I read the book last summer and I loved it.
-Outsiderfan, Wichita, KS

This book was so awesome. I love how it ended. This is the most amazing book I have ever read in my life so far. The storyline was so great. I will also say this was the greatest book EVER!!!! And that's the truth.
-Tishonda, Brooklyn, NY

A pretty good book.
-X-D Supreme,

This book was really good. I recommend everybody read it!
-Kirt, Ringgold, GA

I think that this is a great book. We started reading this book in my language arts class. You have to really get into it, and take your time reading and understanding it. I think that it is pretty easy to understand at times, and I think it is a great book for people of all ages as well.
-Sarah, Phoenix, Arizona

It is an awesome book. If you can read, I recommend you read this book.
-Jamyssa, Gastonia, NC

The book is great.....
-Tiffany, carrollton,texas

I cried a lot when jonny died I love him
-ulasha, Bronx, New York

I love this book! The story lines are great and it is completely awesome. This book teaches people about friendship and brothehood.
-Misbha S., Markham

Great. I cried. Good :p
-riley, chicago IL

Good book!
-Ryan, Chicago, IL

This is a good book.
-Emiy, Newar, OH

This is a grreat book. I love it!!!!!!!!!
-Kat, CO

This is one of the best books I've ever read.
-MLM, Birmingam, AL

I freaking love this book-the movie too.
-Laneah, Carson, CA

The best book I ever read!
-Brooke, Ohio

This novel was thrilling and suspenseful from start to finish -the best book I have ever read!!!
-Ehtasham, Yonkers, New York

This book was good. It is very inspiring and entertaining. I finished it literally in one night.
-Phoebe, Hamden, Connecticut

This book is REALLY, REALLY good! I could not put it down. It is one of the best books I have read. Thank you S.E. Hinton!
-Viktor Hernandez, Kankakee, IL

This book was full of excitement and action. Just a great book!
-Zach, Portville, New York

The book The Outsiders was a really good book. It was exciting and powerful and sad all at the same time. It was the best book I have ever read.
-Jordan, Innisful, Ontario

Great book with amazing qualities! I think my favorite character was Darry! He`s so cool!
-Jenny, Tecumseh, MI

This was a really great book. I can't wait to see the movie.
-J. Will, Los Angeles, CA

The Outsiders was amazing. The greasers' relationship was so unique, how they stood up for each other through anything. The greasers portray how a true family treats each other.
-Tarryie, PA

This book is a truly amazing book with a unique storyline. I can honestly say that I could read this book hundreds of time without getting bored. It's a very inspiring book and at the same time emotional. Readers can really feel suspense at the tense parts of the story. The ending is awesome.
-Gladwin, Singapore

This book was amazing!!!!! This is a great book for someone that is looking for something adventurous. You will not want to put this book down. This is a good book to read if you are not a big reader because it will really grab you. Hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I did.......... btw it's my all time fav book ever.
-Christina, NJ

it seems as if every school has its own little clicks. Whether it's the jocks, nerds, or hoods. In the book The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton really outdoes herself. Ponyboy is just a regular kid who might use just a bit too much hair grease. His gang (the Greasers) really has it out for another gang (The Soc) who enjoy jumping all greasers and making them feel like dirt every day of their lives! Usually everytime pony gets jumped the greasers are there to give him a hand exept one night when he only has his best friend Johnny(anouther greaser) when the socs take it too far. I highly recommend this book!
-Gem, Lunenburg, MA

This book is so interesting.
-Maria, Ligonier, IN

This book is outstanding!! I love all the nicknames. S.E Hinton is a good book writer and the Outsiders tought me to not be in a gang and to stay out of trouble! READ IT!!!
-Kelsey, Los Angeles, CA

This is an awesome book! I read it with my class and loved it. I would highly recommend this book to others. This book shows the true meaning of friendship and heroism. Some parts are depressing, yet they make you feel what the characters are feeling. I love it!!!!!!!!
-Polina, New York City ,NY

I was not fond of this book at first, but before long I was way into it. I would definitely recommend this book.
-Ellee, Catoosa, OK

This book is very wonderful!!!!!!! I enjoyed it very much. I think Ponyboy and Sodapop are so hot.
-Nelsy, China

I love this book.
-Ashley, Waxahachie, TX

Best book I`ve read in years!
-Jessica, Fairfield, CA

This is the best book I ever read. It is a touching yet action packed story of friendship, brotherhood, and reliance. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves inspirational storyies about brotherhood and the importance of sticking together. This is also based on true story.
-Hunter Labbie, Destin, FL

This is a great book. I find it inspiring. I hope everyone reads it.
-Emani, Rochester, NY

This book is amazing. It is the best thing I have ever read. I love books by S.E. Hinton.
-Georgia, Victoria, Australia

This book is SO GOOD! Hinton you are great!
-Angel, Tempe, AZ

`The Outsiders` is a great book that I would recommend as a must read. It`s about gang warfare and the troubles the two gangs face. It also taught me that you shouldn`t judge a book by it`s cover or you may miss out on a great story!
-Megan, Perth, Australia

This is one of the best book I`ve ever read.
-Michael, Charlotte, NC

Great read, I truly recommend it!
-Diane, Florida

Love this book! It is very ...... exciting,sad and adventurous.
-Angie, VA

The best book eveeer.....PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Mira, New York

A great book to read from the minute you pick up it up.
-Varsha, Sugarland,Tx

This book was good but what really interested me was how realistic this book was. That is what made me like it and think of it as an excellent book. That is also why I would recommend it to a lot of people.
-Faris, Weston, Florida

This story reminded me of my life. I had to deal with getting beaten up by bullies everyday(socs). The way Johnny`s parents treated him is how I feel the way my dad treats me. But now this book has changed my life and told me how to be strong. I also caught onto some of the language. But over all this book was amazing.
-Lola, Canada

The Outsiders is a book that made me cry. Learning about what the greasers went through and how they survived was the best part. Reading this book made me think about the kids at my school. Everyone is different. Judging a book by it`s cover, you just might miss the importance of it. Ponyboy shows that went he and Johnny have to hideout. He stuck by his friend. SO PLEASE READ THE OUTSIDERS!!!!!! A MUST READ.
-Alexis, Bronx, New York

This book is a wonderful and great book to read. I recommend you read it.
-Nicole, Willoughby, OH

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