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Librarian 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 Cur
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Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Puffin Books (first published 1967)
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Ana
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Stay gold, Ponyboy...Stay gold... *cries in Spanish*
karen
the outsiders is a book about a group of youthful greasers living in oklahoma, and about their struggles to exist in a society that seems designed to dismiss them.

oklahoma is also the name of a popular musical.

draw your own conclusions, or continue reading.

see, i don't know from oklahoma in the sixties. maybe that is a place where street toughs call their little brothers "honey" and "baby" and enjoy sunsets and stars and reading margaret mitchell aloud to one another and who recite robert frost
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j
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to j by: Donna
Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

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The Outsiders is a book about sensitive teenage boys who alternately get into gang fights, hug one another, and burst into tears. They also spend more time than you might expect ruminating on how the tightness of a t-shirt might enhance the rippling musculature of a steely-eyed fellow gang member (this is where Stephanie Meyer got the idea for how to characterize Edward). Even though they're always complimenting each other's hair and doing gymnastics, it'
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I have watched this movie over and over when I was younger and I still have it today and love it just as much. I will admit I was in love with Dallas and had a crush on Sodapop but Dallas was my man =)



I just can't believe it took me this many years to read the book! And the book was so close to the movie it is almost unreal. Maybe it was due to the fact that S.E. Hinton was on set helping with the movie, I really don't know. I just love that I can read a book and watch a movie and there not be t
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Matthew
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally read this classic. Glad to be in the know!

I can see why this has stood the test of time. The story is easy to get into and keeps your attention throughout. It seems like any person, young or old, rich or poor, popular or outcast could empathize or sympathize the themes. Finally, the key climax points are done very well and hit you right in the feels!

Another thought I had while reading is this is another one of the young adult fore fathers. We now take for granted that every week there wi
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Briynne
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I'm a little horrified at myself for not having this book up before now. We had a discussion about it in class today, and I had to write this as soon it was over. I wish there were more stars to give The Outsiders, but five will have to do. I love this book, and have loved it faithfully since I read it in sixth grade - I must have read it a dozen times, and possibly more. I can quote long sections of the book. I was obsessed, and to some degree still am.

It's not a good book by any literary stan
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Maureen
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm just feeling a lot of emotions right now don't toUCH ME.
I barely remembered anything about this book from reading it in high school but oh man it was definitely better than I remember. Even though I've never been in any of the situations referenced in the outsiders, the overall themes are meaningful and easy to grasp. REAL GOOD REAL GOOD.
Nancy
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Outsiders when I read it as a teen and again when I read it just a few months ago. S. E. Hinton created a believable and engaging cast of characters who struggle with conflict in and out of their gang and learn the meaning of friendship and family. A very moving and enjoyable story!
Allie
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a great book but I was incredibly disappointed after I found out it wasn't about aliens.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”


Last week my son came home from school and informed me he had a homework assignment about the book his class is reading as a group. Said child was forlorn that he would be unable to complete the assignment as the editions of the bo
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Mayra
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: excellent
Expectations scare me. I had heard so many wonderful things about this book. And it’s never a good idea to expect too much, because that’s such a big opportunity for disappointment. So I always prefer to know the least amount possible about any book I’m interested in. However, the insurmountable praise for The Outsiders has always been tough to evade. It’s everywhere.

I found that the quality of this book was perfectly evidenced by the fact that the immense expectation and build-up accumulated th
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
'Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold...'
Emily May
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
It was quite enjoyable, but I truly do not believe teenage boys in 1960s Oklahoma thought about each other's pretty hair.
Councillor
Sometimes there are peculiar stories, stories which will not leave you for a long time and which are going to accompany you long after having turned the last page.

Sometimes there are touching stories, stories which feel so realistic that you believe every word the author puts into the novel.

Sometimes a book simply doesn't need perfect writing, beautiful language or consistent, flawless plotlines. The Outsiders is one of those books. It has flaws, not everything is believable. But there is someth
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Kylie
What did I think ?
I think I’m falling in love all over again. This will always be my favorite book and I am see myself reading this another 4 times during this year.
I believe this is a book that all ages need to read, it’s such a life changer and it shows you have rough people have it. Rich or poor everybody goes through some sort of hell. It teaches you to respect and appreciate where you are brought up and who you are brought up with. Always choose kindness.

This book is some what violent, funn
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Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
I LOVE this book. I don't know why I find it so good. The whole thing just seems so real. It's really exciting, and the characters are all really believable. I like how the story was written by a young author who really knew what she was writing about--she based it partly on the experiences of her friends. It's like people say--"Write what you know." And S.E. Hinton did just that, and did an excellent job. The book does have some corny parts, and is one of very few books that actually made me cr ...more
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: We are the Sops here! We'd do well to think about the greasers out there!
Recommended to Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨ by: Councillor
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★★★★★★★★★★[10/10]

Learning that the initials in S E Hinton stands for Susan Eloise was what it took me to have my initial awe multiplied many times over and have it oozing out to drench everything wet-able around me.

While there are plenty of quirks that set this story apart from the similar coming-of-age dramas, I will write about a few that remain fresh in my memory exactly two months after I read the book.

The unconventional names.
Sodapop and Ponyboy aren't usually the kind of names that yo
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Duane
Occasionally a book is written at the perfect time, with the perfect story, with the perfect group of characters; and it is written with a passion and an insight that make it unique, that distinguishes it from any other book and any other story. And sometimes it defines a generation, or a culture or sub-culture of that generation. That, my friends, is what this book does. Is that what 15 year old Susan Eloise Hinton had in mind when she started to write this book? Probably not, but she was affec ...more
Jenny Baker
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
It's impressive that S. E. Hinton wrote this when she was sixteen years old. I wish I had been that ambitious at that age!
HeavyReader
Jun 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I read this book when I was 13. It moved me so that as soon as I got to the end, I turned back to the beginning and read it straight through again. Of course, all this reading was accompanied by much heartfelt crying.

I told my mom that it was my favorite book. She told me it was not my favorite book. She really meant it wasn't the most well-written book I had ever read, and she was probably right about that. But no one call tell another person what is or isn't his/her/hir favorite book, because
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Outsiders is a simple story; it's a glimpse into the lives of a gang of boys who all occupy the poorer side of their small town, and are otherwise known as greasers. They are in constant feud with the "socialite" rich kids, or soc's for short.

The very first thing I want to mention about The Outsiders is that S.E. Hinton was only a 16-year-old high school student when she authored it. She was inspired to write about teenagers in a way that represented them accurately
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Celeste
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review now posted!

Wow, this was an incredibly powerful book. And it was made more powerful (for me) by the knowledge that the author was only 16 when she penned it.

The story of Ponyboy, his brothers, and their gang of greaser friends was profoundly emotional. The violence between opposing gangs, and the lack of adult knowledge or interference, seemed so sad and pointless, but adolescent rage with no direction or purpose has to exert itself in some way. These boys just wanted to survive, an
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Edward Lorn
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The Outsiders is on my list of 100 Best Films Ever Made. And I hate Tom Cruise. I hate everything about the man. His religion, his face, his hair, the way he plays the same character in every movie (Tropic Thunder excluded, but that character was just as annoying as regular Tom Cruise, so fuck that guy too), but I can stand him as Steve in the film because he's just kinda... there. I think Matt Dillon and Ralph Macchio steal the show, but that's just me. Anyfloop, that's how I feel about the mov ...more
Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, reviewed
The Outsiders is not only a classic but one of my favourite books of all time, and I do not in anyway feel worthy enough to be reviewing it, but here we are.

I’m not going to give a synopsis because I’m sure everyone already knows what this book is about but let me just say, I love this book so much; it broke my heart and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. My family had been bugging me to read this since my 11th birthday, and I finally caved this year and let me tell you, I wasn’t disa
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Brittany
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..."

"Greasers" stick together. Ponyboy Curtis is a greaser, he wears his hair long, filled with hair oil, walks with a slouch to look "tuff", and will stand up and defend the group of guys he has grown up with to the bitter end. Despite all of this Ponyboy isn't a real greaser, he is a dreamer who gets good grades, and wonders about the world, and wants better things for himself and those around him. This is the story of a group of "brothers" who have to deal with
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Jacqueline
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am currently 15, and my aunt gave me this book when I was about 12. When I got the book, I put on a happy face and said I as excited to read it. But honestly I did not want to read a book about boys in a bad part of town and about street fights. But my aunt kept asking me if I read it, and after a few months I picked up the book, and from there, I couldn't put it down. This book was so inspirational and great. I loved every one of the characters. My favorite characters were definitely Johnny a ...more
Julie Zantopoulos
Okay Cramathon-you got me. I wanted short books and I knew this wouldn’t be an “easy” book but man-so many feels. I haven’t seen the movie yet so the story was totally new to me and holy crap did it rip out my heart. It’s a poignant story that definitely stands the test of time and remains as relevant today as when it was written. So glad I finally got to this book.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Cramathon book #4: complete!

This book broke my heart. I knew the story because I had seen the movie, but the book was so much more heartfelt and heavy. I definitely teared up multiple times while reading this and I loved it SO much.
Merphy Napier
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, five-stars
I'm honestly shocked at how much I loved this book. I couldn't believe how attached I got to these characters in such a short time and the plot kept me guessing the entire time. I couldn't' put it down. This is for sure a new favorite
Kelli
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
I'm not sure how many times I read The Outsiders back in the day but I know it was assigned often and I remember always loving it. It might be that book ...the one that officially started my love affair with reading. The chances are very good.

Revisiting the story as an adult, I was immediately comforted by Ponyboy's familiar narrative but newly and deeply affected by his innocence and gentleness. Tough guys who speak affectionately and with sweetness to one another is of a different era but t
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