The Outsiders | S.E. Hinton

Ponyboy and his friends are Greasers, tough kids from the poor side of town who try to stay out of trouble as best as they can. But it isn’t easy with the rich, preppy Socs always harassing them—and when Ponyboy’s involved in a deadly fight, his whole world begins to change.

Awards & Honors

• New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Books List, 1967
• Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book, 1967
• Media and Methods Maxi Award, 1975
• ALA Best Young Adult Books, 1975
• Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, 1979

Review

Life isn’t simple for Ponyboy Curtis. His parents were killed in a car crash, and now he and his brothers have to prove they’re responsible enough to stay together as a family. Darry, the oldest, has lost his spark since becoming man of the house, and Sodapop has dropped out of school. Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy likes movies and books—interests his brothers just can’t understand—and is the youngest member of their gang of greasers. One night, Ponyboy and his friend Johnny get to know the girlfriends of two rival gang members, and it’s not long before the violence between the groups spirals out of control.

Written when the author was still in her teens, this YA classic speaks to its audience from an authentic insider’s point of view. The sense of loyalty between Ponyboy, his brothers, and the rest of the gang is palpable and real. A dramatic story of friendship and choices, The Outsiders remains relevant decades after its first publication.

Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. New York: Viking Children’s, 1967.

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April 5, 2009. Tags: , , . Classics.

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