I know that story lines have changed, kids have changed, but we still have socs and greasers in every school. We still have the prettiest girl and the bully. I read this book when I was in the 8th grade over 29 years ago. It was got me away from the Nancy Drew books. Now 29 years later my children are reading it and they are getting the same message out of it that I did. It was nice to actually have some mutual ground to discuss with my children and how it relates to their middle school today. The truly sad part is that in my school people didn't get hurt and in theirs they do. S.E. Hinton was defintely a head of her time when she wrote this book. I had the pleasure of interviewing her at school and she was very in tune with the issues that were developing in the kids worlds. I think that this book will always be a required reading as long as we have segregated kids. It does reach out to some, like me the greaser who had no reason to be one. I turned around and became a very active student while maintaining my friends. I feel my children have done the same thing. Very grateful for this book and S.E. Hinton.
This book "The outsiders" is about a small "youth-gang" called the Greasers. They have rival's call "Socs", they are a social "gang" pretty much jock's. This book grabs a hold of you and pulls you into the life of the characters. Characters: Most are also in other S.E Hinton Books Ponyboy Curtis - The novel’s fourteen-year-old main character Darrel Curtis - Ponyboy’s oldest … more
another one of my favorites. more up there than others though. most teenage boys can relate a lot to theses kids, even if its just in there head, they feel for them. the epic journey of two boys living alone isolated like that because of a system that would just see a "greaser", when all they did was defend themselves. i love this tale, dally is my favorite, stay gold.