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April 24, 1967
S. E. Hinton
Novel, Young Adult Fiction, Drama, Bildungsroman
Ponyboy Michael Curtis, Johnny Cade, Darrel 'Darry' Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Dallas Winston, Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews
24 April 1967, by S. E. Hinton
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. The book details the conflict between two rival gangs divided by their socioeconomic status: the working-class "greasers" and the upper-class "Socs" (short for Socials).
The main theme of The Outsiders is self-identity vs. group identity. Other themes include society and class, loyalty, love, violence, isolation, appearances, education, choices.
Ponyboy Curtis, Sodapop "Soda" Curtis, Darrel "Darry" Curtis, Johnny Cade, Dallas "Dally" Winston, Curly Shepard, Timothy "Tim" Shepard, Steve Randle, Sherri "Cherry" Valance, Robert "Bob" Sheldon, Randy Adderson, Marcia, Paul Holden, David
The Outsiders was a controversial book at the time of its publication; it is still currently challenged and debated. This book has been banned from some schools and libraries because of the portrayal of gang violence, underage smoking and drinking, strong language/slang, and family dysfunction. However, in many U.S. schools, the book is part of the English curriculum at the middle- or high-school level.
The book was a hit with teenagers across the country. Fifty years later, the book has sold upwards of 15 million copies, become a steady feature on middle school reading lists, inspired a Francis Ford Coppola film of the same name and helped shape an entire literary genre marketed to young adults.On November 5, 2019, the BBC News listed The Outsiders on its list of the 100 most influential novels.
“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”
“They grew up on the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.”
“You get tough like me and you don't get hurt. You look out for yourself and nothin' can touch you...”
“Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too.”