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The Outsiders
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The Outsiders
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50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.
No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. 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 on "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. 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 first published.

"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
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

From the Trade Paperback edition.
50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.
No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. 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 on "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. 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 first published.

"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
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

From the Trade Paperback edition.
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    Chapter 1

    WHEN I STEPPED out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home. I was wishing I looked like Paul Newman—he looks tough and I don't—but I guess my own looks aren't so bad. I have light-brown, almost-red hair and greenish-gray eyes. I wish they were more gray, because I hate most guys that have green eyes, but I have to be content with what I have. My hair is longer than a lot of boys wear theirs, squared off in back and long at the front and sides, but I am a greaser and most of my neighborhood rarely bothers to get a haircut. Besides, I look better with long hair.

    I had a long walk home and no company, but I usually lone it anyway, for no reason except that I like to watch movies undisturbed so I can get into them and live them with the actors. When I see a movie with someone it's kind of uncomfortable, like having someone read your book over your shoulder. I'm different that way. I mean, my second-oldest brother, Soda, who is sixteen-going-on-seventeen, never cracks a book at all, and my oldest brother, Darrel, who we call Darry, works too long and hard to be interested in a story or drawing a picture, so I'm not like them. And nobody in our gang digs movies and books the way I do. For a while there, I thought I was the only person in the world that did. So I loned it.

    Soda tries to understand, at least, which is more than Darry does. But then, Soda is different from anybody; he understands everything, almost. Like he's never hollering at me all the time the way Darry is, or treating me as if I was six instead of fourteen. I love Soda more than I've ever loved anyone, even Mom and Dad. He's always happy-go-lucky and grinning, while Darry's hard and firm and rarely grins at all. But then, Darry's gone through a lot in his twenty years, grown up too fast. Sodapop'll never grow up at all. I don't know which way's the best. I'll find out one of these days.

    Anyway, I went on walking home, thinking about the movie, and then suddenly wishing I had some company. Greasers can't walk alone too much or they'll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream "Greaser!" at them, which doesn't make you feel too hot, if you know what I mean. We get jumped by the Socs. I'm not sure how you spell it, but it's the abbreviation for the Socials, the jet set, the West-side rich kids. It's like the term "greaser," which is used to class all us boys on the East Side.

    We're poorer than the Socs and the middle class. I reckon we're wilder, too. Not like the Socs, who jump greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks, and get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next. Greasers are almost like hoods; we steal things and drive old souped-up cars and hold up gas stations and have a gang fight once in a while. I don't mean I do things like that. Darry would kill me if I got into trouble with the police. Since Mom and Dad were killed in an auto wreck, the three of us get to stay together only as long as we behave. So Soda and I stay out of trouble as much as we can, and we're careful not to get caught when we can't. I only mean that most greasers do things like that, just like we wear our hair long and dress in blue jeans and T-shirts, or leave our shirttails out and wear leather jackets and tennis shoes or boots. I'm not saying that either Socs or greasers are better; that's just the way things are.

    I could have waited to go to the movies until Darry or Sodapop got off work. They would have gone with me, or driven me there, or walked along, although Soda just can't sit still long enough to enjoy...

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  • DOGO Books bibliophile - "Stay gold..." I read this when I was younger, but I never really understood it... due to the fact I read this book when I was in third grade, and I was too young to realize what it actually meant... I read this book earlier again during the summer... and wow... this book is really heartwarming... the book's setting is around the late 1960's and it starts off with the Socs short for Socials and the Greasers who are usually proud of their long mane while they grease it back... Meet Ponyboy Curtis, the protagonist of the story, yes... his name is actually Ponyboy and yes, you can check his birth certificate... and his two brothers' names are Darry who's twenty years old who support the gang and was a quarterback in his high school and his second oldest brother Sodapop, who is loved by the girls, is in a relationship with Sandy, and is a high school drop out, but works in an auto shop... (Don't you love how Ponyboy and Sodapop are very original names??? :D) Ponyboy's parents passed away in an auto accident, and they lived together with the gang ever since... Two-Bit is the oldest who is sarcastic, funny, but wise... then there's Steve who Ponyboys thinks that Steve does not like him and is Sodapop's best friend, also there's Dally who is the wildest, reckless of them all and has a soft spot for Johnny, and Johnny (the pet's gang)... he came from a rough background, getting bit by his father while his mother did not care... and Ponyboy and his brothers all make up this gang... or group... They are like brothers and they got each others back yo... I think some of their slang... kind of make me talk in slang...lol...but WARNING: There is slang in the book...it's not really that bad... to be honest... you can either tell what they are trying to say... because it's obvious or CONTEXT CLUES....Now back to the story there is another set of group called the Socs and they wear madras (kind of like plaid clothing) and ride Mustangs... they're more... I guess upper class than the Greasers... but the reason why they have this huge feud, because the Greasers thing the Socs are "living the life" while the Socs think the Greasers are having the dream life... which causes their resent towards each other... So one day Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally end up going to a drive-in movie theater... and guess who's next to them???? I hoped you guess right... but two girls... who were Socs were next to them... Of course Dally being Dally... he was a jerk to them... and end up leaving the theater earlier... Cherry(because of her hair color...it's red) and Marcia (the Socs) end up talking to Ponyboy and Johnny.... Later on Two-Bit comes along and charms the girls.... but Ponyboy and Cherry had this huge discussion...they realize that the Greasers have emotions while Socs just fake their emotions... to the point they don't feel anything... but even though they "live in different worlds" they still watch the same sunset... which is the beginning of their friendship... One day... Bob (Cherry's boyfriend) and his friends jump on Ponyboy and Johnny (Johnny has this huge fear from the Socs because they once jumped on him... to the point Johnny could've been dead), where they try to drown Ponyboy, and the quiet, shy Johnny strikes back and stabs Bob, which causes the other Socs to run away and Ponyboy saved...but Johnny's action causes Ponyboy and Johnny to run away with the help of Dally, while the police is looking out for the murderer... So now what's going on(if you read it, you'll know the ending)???? Through this adventure you'll laugh, cry, smile, and feel different emotions.......
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