kevinbambauer, October 19, 2014 (view all comments by kevinbambauer)
The Outsiders is a fantastic book and I really enjoyed reading it. This book has so many meaningful themes in it that it can touch base with anyone. Some of these themes are: society and class, loyalty, love, violence, isolation, appearances, education, and choices. The two themes that hit home the most with me were loyalty and love. These two were interconnected throughout the entire book. The love and loyalty of the gangs were always on display throughout the story. Ponyboy was constantly making loyalty a key player in his life. He always had a point of pride, honor, and principle to him and the greasers and he was not afraid to show his love for them as well. 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 is a very good book and I would recommend that students should read this book and schools should have their students read their books and have discussions about it.
Amber Roher, December 22, 2011 (view all comments by Amber Roher)
This book is an all time favorite and a classic. It is such a touching tale about a group called the greasers which are considered the low life scum of the earth but they're anything but that. Its a must read!!! The movie is just as good as the book and who doesn't love to be able to read a book and watch a movie of it afterwards that's just as awesome. I hope that anyone who hasn't read this does and enjoys it as much as I did and many more before me did. Enjoy!!!
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jazzyb928, July 22, 2010 (view all comments by jazzyb928)
THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING IT DOES NOT MAFKE ANY SINCE THOW GOOD THIS BOOK IS IT ALMOST MADE ME CRY WEN I FOUND OUT THAT THE BOY HAD DIEN THEN HOW THE POLICE OFFICERS HAD JUST SHOT THE LIL BOY BUT OTHER THAN THAT I LOVE THIS BOOK IT IS AWSOME..........
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peterphuhuynh, June 10, 2010 (view all comments by peterphuhuynh)
A Heroic story of friendship and belonging
Ponyboy Curtis is the lower-class youth of Oklahoma with no parents and lives with his brothers. The only people he can trust are his brothers and friends, all of which are in a gang called the Greasers because of their long greasy hair. In this book, Ponyboy and his friends stand up for each other like family. Living in violence and lack of money, Ponyboy's grades drop and gets into a lot of fights. One of these fights end up to far and forces Pony to run away. The rest of the book tells of Pony bonding with his best friend that his severely injured in the hospital. All this fighting that happens in this book is mainly for the pride and standing up for your friends and what you believe. This whole story is Pony's story that he writes of his life for an English project for extra credit to boost his grades in school. I would suggest this amazing story to all readers because it has a lot of action that will keep you wanting to read. This book has got to be read!
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tori.allen12, June 9, 2010 (view all comments by tori.allen12)
Imagine having to run away from everything you've ever known, all because of one stupid mistake. One bad night a suddenly the world is against you. This is what Ponyboy experiences in The Outsiders. For the lower class in Pony's town, more commonly known as the Greasers, life is not easy to say the least. The Greasers are always being harassed by the Socs, who believe they are superior because of money. One night Pony and another Greaser, Johny, get themselves into trouble with a few Socs. When things go too far, Johny and Pony have no choice but to run away from it all; but where can they go? This is a heartwarming tale of friendship and loyalty, and really makes you look at the world in a different light when you finish the book. I really enjoyed the novel; I thought it had such a wonderful message with an exciting, nail-biting story. I encourage anyone who loves a good action story to read this book.
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by The Horn Book,
"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."
by The Chicago Tribune,
"Taut with tension, filled with drama."
The 45th anniversary of a landmark work of teen fiction
Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.
Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written.
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