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The Outsiders
The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
Ponyboy is fourteen, tough and confused, yet sensitive behind his bold front. Since his parents' death, his loyalties have been to his brothers and his gang, the rough, swinging, long-haired boys from the wrong side of the tracks. When his best friend, Johnny, kills a member of a rival gang, a nightmare of violence begins and swiftly envelops Po...  more
ISBN-13: 9780440967699
ISBN-10: 0440967694
Publication Date: 10/15/1968
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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One of my all time favorites. Read this first in grade school, which inspired the budding reader in me to keep on reading. I had read everything by S.E. Hinton before I had even finished middle school, and the Outsiders remains the best of all her novels. A fantastic tale of social cliques and the bonds of friendship and family.
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Great reading about raw teenage life, friends, and loyalty.
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This has always been my favorite coming of age book. As a young girl the characters drew me in and touched my heart. I always found it amazing that a 14 year old could write so passionately about the human condition. It really drove home for me that there is good in everyone and that some of the best demonstrations of love is in self-sacrifice.

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Excellent book. Timeless. I LOVED the ending, it goes a step farther than the movie.
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I really enjoyed this book. I thought it had really good insight into the world of social classes as portrayed by Ponyboy. I especially enjoyed his interaction with his oldest brother, Darry. I could definately see that Darry was working hard to fill the parent role and the reasons that Ponyboy resented him. I was glad to see that eventually Ponyboy understood what he was doing and how much he cared. I think I enjoyed the characters' insights the best. They each understood something about themselves and their lives and they way they effect others by the end of the book.
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One of the few people who never read the book in High School, watched the movie, and was a little confused. Much better to read the book, because the movie looses some of the relationship dynamics.

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Ponyboy Curtis (Primary Character)
Johnny Cade (Major Character)
Dallas Winston (Major Character)