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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 believes that he is an outsider According to Ponyboy there are two kinds of people in the world greasers and socs A soc short for social has money can get away with just about anything and has an attitude longer than a limousine A greaser on the other hand always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back Ponyboy is a greaser and he's always been proud of 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 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

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    ”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 enjoyed it immensely and I’m kinda sad I had to discover this book so late Well my school system obviously failed but that definitely didn’t stop me from reading “The Outsiders” and I’m very glad about it Soda threw one arm across my neck He mumbled something drowsily “Listen kiddo when Darry hollers at you he doesn’t mean nothin’ He’s just got worries than somebody his age ought to”I swear the moment I read about the interactions and relationships between those boys I was already hooked It felt like reading “The Raven Boys” all over again just a couple of years earlier with other troubles and with a smaller book size XD I mean alone the fact that Ponyboy and Soda were sleeping together in a bed Their brotherly relationship was so nice to read Those brothers cared about each other and their friends and they would have done almost everything in order to help them 3 He was stroking my hair and I could hear the sobs racking him as he fought to keep back the tears “Oh Pony I thought we’d lost you like we did Mom and Dad ” That was his silent fear then – of losing another person he loved Darry the oldest of those three brothers broke my heart as well I mean their parents were dead and he had to look after his two younger brothers I can’t even imagine how much strength it takes to take care of your brothers at such a young age but he still did it and was even successful He got a job and looked after them and this alone makes him a hero in my eyes Who knows if Johnny and Dallas would have had such family ties they probably would have never even ended up where they did in the end Johnny that poor little boy He didn’t deserve what happened to him and it’s no wonder he was so jumpy after the “Socs” almost beat him to death I’m right there with Ponyboy when he says that it’s not fair that they were jumped for being “Greasers” It wasn’t fair for the Socs to have everything We were as good as they were it wasn’t our fault we were greasers I couldn’t just take it or leave it like Two Bit or ignore it and love life anyway like Sodapop or harden myself beyond caring like Dally or actually enjoy it like Tim Shepard I felt the tension growing inside of me and I knew something had to happen or I would explode “The interesting thing about this book is that it acknowledges the fact that the “Socs” fight the “Greasers” because they think they are lowlives but that none of those two parties actually wants to do anything against it They accept this injustice it’s just a part of their life and they all act like they are supposed to fight because it’s only natural The only three people who truly question their situation are Pony Johnny and Randy In one way or the other they are all tired of fighting and try their best to get out of that vicious cycle – some effective than others ”Stay gold Ponyboy Stay gold ”Oh my that line killed me big time TT I had a lot of mixed feelings about that ending and I could relate to Ponyboy so much He was confused he knew what they had been doing wasn’t right that the fighting didn’t get them anywhere that his friend was in trouble because he had done something right and something awfully wrong and that sooner or later he would have to pay for it I think this book is such a damn good example for humanity It points out that good people are able to do horrible things and that seemingly bad people aren’t always as bad as they seem to appear They have their problems and troubles too and there is always a reason why they leash out at others why they act in a certain way ”We’re all we’ve got left We ought to be able to stick together against everything If we don’t have each other we don’t have anything If you don’t have anything you end up like Dallas ”They are all human whether it are “Socs” or “Greasers” they all just want to live their lives they want to be happy and accepted for who they are and in the end they actually aren’t as different as they seem to be It’s an epiphany us readers experience while we read this book but it’s a lesson not all of the characters learn To say it with Martin Luther King Jr words “Hate begets hate violence begets violence toughness begets a greater toughness”And I think this quote describes the book than just well The ending made me sad because there’s only one way this could have ended and it was exactly the way I expected it to be Not all of it but most of it anyway ConclusionIf you haven’t read “The Outsiders” yet you definitely should give it a try It’s a great book which teaches an important lesson and I can recommend it to everyone This book will make you think and feel and it will continue to do so even after you finished reading the last page