"No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got 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 besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
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 on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was first published."--from the publisher
Ponyboy lives in a world of two kinds of people: the greasers and the soc. The soc ..short for Socials...have the money and the protected place in the world where they can do anything and still look good. The greasers on the other hand are always second best and always need to keep one eye open for what's coming up behind them. Ponyboy sees himself as a greaser.
Being a greaser gives you membership into a brotherhood. They have each others' backs and they are willing to step up and fight for each other. Then Ponyboy's friend Johnny kills a soc. It's a murder and for Ponyboy it doesn't feel right even though it was a soc who went down.
The seemingly simply and rational world of rules Ponyboy has followed starts to fall apart.
Written in 1967 by 16 year old S.E. Hinton and surely one of the first truly young adult books of our era, if not the first of our era, this story still resonates and still connects with high schoolers.
224 pages 978-0142407332 Ages 13 and up
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com