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The Outsiders

Author:  S.E Hinton

According to Ponyboy you're either a Greaser or a Soc. Coming from the wrong side of town, he's a Greaser and his high school rivals are the Socs - the kids who have the money, the attitude and can get away with anything. The Socs love to spend their time beating up the Greasers, but Ponyboy and his friends know what to expect and stick together. But one night someone goes to far, and Ponyboy's world begins to crumble.

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Jun 15,2017
4

Stay Gold, Ponyboy. Stay Gold. 

The Young adult fiction novel, written by S. E. Hinton and was published in 1967 which is when it was set. It is about a teenage group of Greasers who are picked on by the Socials, who live on the opposite end of town; Oklahoma. The rich ganging up on the poor. One night when things get out of hand with the socials (socs) it forces Johnny and Ponyboy to leave town. 

Ponyboy is fourteen and lives with his two older brothers as his parents were killed in a automobile accident. Johnny is sixteen but the smallest of the gang. He has been through a lot more than the other greasers as he comes from an abusive family. Although all the greasers look out for each other and they are almost like family. Especially Dallas who is like a big brother to him. Dallas is the toughest of the greasers. He is only seventeen and has already spent time in jail. 

I find Ponyboy the most relatable character. At the start he doesn't really know his purpose or have much sense of belonging. He feels isolated from the members of his gang. I wasn't scared. It was the oddest feeling in the world. I didn't feel anything – scared, mad, or anything. Just zero. He values sunsets and poems and doesn't get thrill out of fighting.

 By the end of the story after some tragic events he changes and finds his purpose. At the start of the book Ponyboy doesn't really give everyone a chance and he only realises his older brother loves him by the end. When he meets Cherry he feels connected to a soc. The bond over sunsets and he feels a sense of belonging. She shows him that it's rough all over and it is not only money that seperate the two groups. She explains the socs have no passion. They don't feel or show emotion. Although I feel like Cherry really let Ponyboy down as she was scared of being judged for being friends with a ' greaser'. She tells him that if she sees him at school to not be surprised if she doesn't say 'hi'. 

The word of choice in this book is definitely something I'm not used to. They have many slang terms I am not familiar with like 'You Dig' or 'lone it'. Once you pick up this book you will not be able to put it down. The author did a great job especially considering he was only sixteen when he wrote this book. The overall storyline is good and it has good themes which are nice to be learnt. It is perfect for teenagers to read as most the characters in the book are teenagers so it will be most relatable for them. I would rate this book 4/5 stars as it wasn't completely moving but still had meaningful themes and was an enjoyable read. 

Jun 15,2017
0

Stay Gold, Ponyboy. Stay Gold. 

by Elisaaveth Mousaferiadis 

The Young adult fiction novel, written by S. E. Hinton and was published in 1967 which is when it was set. It is about a teenage group of Greasers who are picked on by the Socials, who live on the opposite end of town; Oklahoma. The rich ganging up on the poor. One night when things get out of hand with the socials (socs) it forces Johnny and Ponyboy to leave town. 

Ponyboy is fourteen and lives with his two older brothers as his parents were killed in a automobile accident. Johnny is sixteen but the smallest of the gang. He has been through a lot more than the other greasers as he comes from an abusive family. Although all the greasers look out for each other and they are almost like family. Especially Dallas who is like a big brother to him. 

 Dallas is the toughest of the greasers. He is only seventeen and has already spent time in jail. 

I find Ponyboy the most relatable character. At the start he doesn't really know his purpose or have much sense of belonging. He feels isolated from the members of his gang. I wasn't scared. It was the oddest feeling in the world. I didn't feel anything – scared, mad, or anything. Just zero. He values sunsets and poems and doesn't get thrill out of fighting.

  By the end of the story after some tragic events he changes and finds his purpose. At the start of the book Ponyboy doesn't really give everyone a chance and he only realises his older brother loves him by the end. When he meets Cherry he feels connected to a soc. The bond over sunsets and he feels a sense of belonging. She shows him that it's rough all over and it is not only money that seperate the two groups. She explains the socs have no passion. They don't feel or show emotion. Although I feel like Cherry really let Ponyboy down as she was scared of being judged for being friends with a ' greaser'. She tells him that if she sees him at school to not be surprised if she doesn't say 'hi'. 

The word of choice in this book is definitely something I'm not used to. They have many slang terms I am not familiar with like 'You Dig' or 'lone it'. 

Once you pick up this book you will not be able to put it down. The author did a great job especially considering he was only sixteen when he wrote this book. The overall storyline is good and it has good themes which are nice to be learnt. It is perfect for teenagers to read as most the characters in the book are teenagers so it will be most relatable for them. 

I would rate this book 4/5 stars as it wasn't completely moving but still had meaningful themes and was an enjoyable read. 

Jun 24,2016
4

14-year old Ponyboy lives with his brothers Sodapop and Darry in the rough part of the neighbourhood. Ponyboy, his brothers and their friends Two-bit, Johnny and Dallas are Greasers. They never had the privileges, chances or money that the Socs have. The Socs enjoy beating up Greasers and one night it goes too far, and Ponyboy and Johnny need to make a hard decision that will have an effect on everyone.

I really enjoyed this book. You know how sometimes you just find a book and you realise that this book is a gift to everyone and needs to be treasured.... The Outsiders was this book. The whole book was on a roll and never had a dull moment. I think that the book has some problems that could've been easily fixed. But after all S.E Hinton did start writing the book at 16 and it's extremely good. 

Hinton has a magnificent way or writing and connecting to the reader. Hinton wrote the book in such a way that it really connected to me, especially since the main character (Ponyboy) was a teenager too. Hinton made the characters lovable, or hateable, and i grew attached to all of them.

I would not think that anyone under ten should read it, mostly because of the violence and some scenes that most people younger then ten wouldn't understand. I think this book was written for teenagers, and teenagers would probably take the most joy out of reading it. The Outsiders is my favourite book and I'm not just saying that, I mean it. I enjoyed this book so much and I hope all of you do too. 

Jun 01,2015
4

This is a good book, it shows that things have changed and in somethings havent. i was inpressed that it was wrote by a seventeen year old girl!. i feel sorry for the charecters and it left me emotional and crying for ponyboy and jhonny. i highly reccomend this for kids 11+ as it has some strong scenes.

Aug 28,2013
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5

The Outsiders-  Recommended ages: +11 years old.

The Outsiders is a fascinating book about a boy called Ponyboys life. Yes, Ponyboy is his birth name, but if you think thats weird then check out his brother, Sodapop. Ponyboy is the youngest out of three siblings, Darry and Sodapop. Darry is the oldest and mature one, Sodapop is the Happy-Go-Lucky type of guy, and Ponyboy, never uses his brain. He has gotten into tight situations before with the Socs. The Socs are the Eastern, rich kids who break into stores, get drunk and so on. The Greasers are the Western kids, who arent as rich and always have long hair.

Ponyboy is in a type of friend group, theres, Johnny, who resembles a puppy who has been kicked one to many times, Dally/Dallas who has gotten into jail at the age of 10 and never stops making trouble, Two-Bit who treasures his black blade, Sodapop who can make anyone smile, Friend or Foul and also has the good looks. Darry, who is tough and mature, and the one in charge. 

One night someone takes things too far. Ponyboy and Johnny are wanted for murder of 1 very popular Soc

Jan 18,2013
5

the outsiders is a touching story that really captures the essence of sensitivity. Ponyboy is completely and utterly different to most boys and it was insightful to enter into the mind of such a beautiful soul. it also explores different types of personalities the tough contrasting with the rich, the shy, the outgoing, the sensitive and the funny. it also looks at what it's like growing up on the rough side of town. one of my favourites of all time. S.E Hinton created a beautifully wonderful story about family, friendship, love, loss and not judging a book by its cover.

 

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