50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.
No person ever said life was once easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he is were given things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else but even so trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of wealthy kids whose idea of a great time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. No less than he knows what to anticipate—until the night somebody takes things too some distance.
The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. S. E. Hinton’s classic story of a boy who finds himself at the outskirts of normal society remains as powerful these days as it was once the day it was once first published.
“The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre most commonly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to 1 that portrayed a darker, truer world.” —The New York Times
“Taut with tension, full of drama.” —The Chicago Tribune
“[A] classic coming-of-age book.” —Philadelphia Day-to-day News
A New York Herald Tribune Absolute best Teenage Book
A Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
An ALA Absolute best Book for Young Adults
Winner of the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
Consistent with Ponyboy, there are two sorts of other people on this planet: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with absolutely anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, then again, all the time lives at the out of doors and needs to observe his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he is all the time been happy with it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. This classic, written by S. E. Hinton when she was once 16 years old, is as profound these days as it was once when it was once first published in 1967.