The Outsiders by S.E. HintonLibrarian note: This record is for one of the three editions published with different covers and with ISBN 0-140-38572-X / 978-0-14-038572-4. The records are for the 1988 cover (this record), the 1995 cover, and the 2008 cover which is also the current in-print cover.
The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. 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 hes 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 Ponyboys skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.
The Outsiders Summary
We first meet our narrator, fourteen-year-old Ponyboy, as he's walking home from the movies—alone, which is something we know he's not supposed to be doing. Ponyboy lives in a dangerous area. Pony's a Greaser and defenseless Greasers are the Socials' favorite targets. Sure enough, Ponyboy is attacked by a carload of Socials when he's in a vacant lot, just minutes from his home. Luckily his older brothers—Darry and Sodapop—and the rest of his gang—Steve, Two-Bit, Johnny, and Dallas—come to his rescue and chase away the Socials. We learn that Ponyboy and his brothers lost their parents recently in a car accident. The next night Saturday , Pony and Johnny go to the drive-in with Dallas.
Ponyboy Curtis belongs to a lower-class group of Oklahoma youths who call themselves greasers because of their greasy long hair. The Socs, short for Socials, gang up on Ponyboy and threaten to slit his throat. A group of greasers comes and chases the bullies away, saving Ponyboy. The next night, Ponyboy and Johnny go to a movie with Dally. They sit behind a pair of attractive Soc girls. Dally flirts with the girls obnoxiously.
The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S. Hinton , first published in by Viking Press. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel but did most of the work when she was 16 and a junior in high school. The story is told in first-person perspective by teenaged protagonist Ponyboy Curtis. The story in the book takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma , in ,  but this is never explicitly stated in the book.
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Ponyboy Curtis, the fourteen-year-old narrator, lives with his older brothers Sodapop and Darry , since their parents passed away in a car accident. They are all members of a Greaser gang, meaning they are considered hoods or juvenile delinquents by society. Other than being financially and socially disadvantaged, the Greasers' main problem is getting jumped by the Socs, the rich kids from the West Side. Ponyboy makes a connection with Cherry because they can both appreciate sunsets; it is a bond that crosses their social boundaries and links their worlds. On the walk home, Bob Sheldon and Randy Adderson , the girls' boyfriends, accost the group and take the girls home. Later that night, Ponyboy and Johnny accidentally fall asleep in their favorite vacant lot. Ponyboy runs home, but when Darry scolds him and hits him for the first time, he goes back to find Johnny.
The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Ponyboy and his two brothers — Darrel Darry , who is 20, and Sodapop, who is 16 — have recently lost their parents in an automobile accident. Pony and Soda are allowed to stay under Darry's guardianship as long as they all behave themselves. The boys are greasers, a class term that refers to the young men on the East Side, the poor side of town. The greasers' rivals are the Socs, short for Socials, who are the "West-side rich kids.