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.
The classic movie from the 80's. A must read if you love the movie!
The cover of this book features the beautiful young men from The Outsiders film. S.E. Hinton wrote this book when she was sixteen. Economic disparities brood in a midwestern town and erupt in violence while a young boy grows up quickly.
Great reading about raw teenage life, friends, and loyalty.
If you were a teenaged girl in the 1980s, you undoubtably read this book and saw the movie with the all-star cast. Heck, you may have even had a poster with The Outsiders on it in your room next to your Duran Duran and Stray Cats ones.
The story, far from being a fluffy "teen read," is a deep one about class, violence, abandonment, family, and loss. When a lower-class "greaser" kills an upper-class "Soc," he and his friend go on the run, leading to a chain of events that end tragically.
I used to teach this to ninth-grade students and they all loved it, boys and girls included. It's hard to believe the author was only 16 when she wrote it!
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.
This is a classic! I was required to read this back in high school and had to read it again as an adult because it was one of the few required reading books that I enjoyed. I liked it even more now that I decided to read it for pleasure. Great book!
I first read this book in school and ended up reading it over and over and over. The teacher finally made me stop reading it. It is a great story. fast paced and any girl will fall in love with the characters.
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.
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.
Excellent book. Timeless. I LOVED the ending, it goes a step farther than the movie.
classic young aadult fiction
Amazing story! Read it first in 7th grade and couldn't stop! My friends and I loved the book so much we each adopted nicknames from the characters to ourselves. I was Two-Bit because he's funny and always likes to tell a joke! Most kids can relate to the characters and the girls will look at these cute boys and love it! The movie was pretty good too! Also, continue with the series and read them all, they are so good!