The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders

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 Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believe...

Details The Outsiders

TitleThe Outsiders
Release DateSep 1st, 1988
PublisherPuffin Books
GenreClassics, Young Adult, Fiction, Academic, School

Reviews The Outsiders

  • Ana
    Stay gold, Ponyboy...Stay gold... *cries in Spanish*
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    ”Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the sights you want to see.”So this was my first time reading “The Outsiders” and I really don’t get why our teachers never forced us to read THIS book at school! I’m convinced my teenage me wouldn’t only have approved but also would have enjo...
  • 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 mitchel...
  • 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 ca...
  • unknown
    Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.***********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 complim...
  • Matthew
    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...
  • Briynne
    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 s...
  • Nancy
    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!
  • Maureen
    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.
  • Allie
    This was a great book but I was incredibly disappointed after I found out it wasn't about aliens.
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: “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 u...
  • Luffy
    3.5 stars rounded. This book seemed too nihilistic for my taste. A lot of events occur. A group of youths called the Greasers oppose the Socs, a suburban group, rival to the Greasers.I didn't cherish this book in places. It's lugubrious at times. What is the motivation for whom is a forgotten question by the time the plot unravels.Despite its nihilistic clothing, there is some heart to the novel. Only one needs to have limited experience with nov...
  • Mayra
    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 fac...
  • Emily May
    It was quite enjoyable, but I truly do not believe teenage boys in 1960s Oklahoma thought about each other's pretty hair.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    'Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold...'
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #11: A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonymIt's been ten years since I read this book, and I'm happy to see it definitely holds up to my high expectations, since I loved it dearly in the eighth grade. It's one of those books that makes me want to immediately read it all over again, and that's pretty rare for me. Fantastic!
  • 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,...
  • Kylie Alvey 🔮🥀
    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. Alway...
  • 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...
  • may ❀
    i was actually spoiled for the ending of this book by Fangirl (SO BE AWARE) but DESPITE THAT i still really really liked this book 😭😭i am weak for a group of tragic boys with tragic pasts who are outwardly dangerous and feared but are actually deep down soft marshmallows and love each other more than life and would die for each otherman, i love that trope
  • Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
    ★★★★★★★★★★[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 unconventi...
  • 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 t...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsThe 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 te...
  • HeavyReader
    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 wh...
  • Jenny Baker
    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!
  • Celeste
    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 ...
  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    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 fi...
  • Edward Lorn
    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 ...
  • Jacqueline
    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 character...
  • Brittany
    "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 sto...