The OutsidersBook - 2007
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"I killed him," [Johnny] said slowly. "I killed that boy."
Bob, the handsome Soc, was lying there in the moonlight, doubled up and still. A dark pool was growing from him, spreading slowly over the blue-white cement. I looked at Johnny's hand. He was clutching his switchblade, and it was dark to the hilt. My stomach gave a violent jump and my bloody turned icy…
"You really killed him, huh, Johnny?"
"Yeah." His voice quavered slightly. "I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. They might have killed you. And they had a blade… they were gonna beat me up…"
- Pages 56-57
He should never yell at Soda. Nobody should ever holler at my brother. I exploded. "You don't yell at him!" I shouted.
Darry wheeled around and slapped me so hard that it knocked me against the door.
Suddenly it was deathly quiet. We had all frozen. Nobody in my family had ever hit me. Nobody. Soda was wide-eyed. Darry looked at the palm of his hand where it had turned red and then looked back at me. His eyes were huge. "Ponyboy…"
I turned and ran out the door and the street as fast as I could. Darry screamed, "Pony, I didn’t mean to!" but I was at the lot by then and pretended I couldn't hear it. I was running away. It was plain to me that Darry didn't want me around. And I wouldn't stay if he did. He wasn't ever going to hit me again.
- Page 50
"It's not just money. Part of it is, but not all. You greasers have a different set of values. You’re more emotional. We’re sophisticated—cool to the point of not feeling anything. Nothing is real with us…Rat race is a perfect name for it. We’re always going and going and going, and never asking where. Did you ever hear of having more than you wanted? So that you couldn’t want anything else and then started looking for something else to want? It seems like we’re always searching for something to satisfy us, and never finding it." - Cherry Valance
He started to put his arm around her, but Johnny reached over and stopped him.
"Leave her alone, Dally."
"Huh?" Dally was taken off guard. He stared at Johnny in disbelief…Johnny gulped and got a little pale, but he said, "You heard me. Leave her alone."
Dallas scowled for a second. If it had been me, or Two-Bit, or Soda or Steve, or anyone but Johnny, Dally would have flattened him without a moment's hesitation. You just didn't tell Dally Winston what to do…But Johnny was the gang's pet, and Dally just couldn't hit him. He was Dally's pet, too. Dally got up and stalked off, his fists jammed in his pockets and a frown on his face.
- Page 24
Suddenly she smiled. Gosh, she was pretty. "You don't look the type. What's your name?"
I wished she hadn't asked me that. I hate to tell people my name for the first time."Ponyboy Curtis."
Then I waited for the "You’re kidding!" or "That’s your real name?" or one of the other remarks I usually get. Ponyboy's my real name and personally I like it.
The redhead just smiled. "That's an original and lovely name."
- Page 22
Darry thought I was just another mouth to feed and somebody to holler at. Darry love me? I thought of those hard, pale eyes. Soda was wrong for once, I thought. Darry doesn’t love anyone or anything, except maybe Soda. I didn't hardly think of him as being human. I don’t care, I lied to myself, I don’t care about him either. Soda’s enough, and I’d have him until I got out of school. I don’t care about Darry. But I was still lying and I knew it. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
- Page 18
"You get tough like me and you don't get hurt, you watch out for yourself, and nothing can touch you." -Dallas Winston
"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie I only had two things on my mind: Paul Newman and the ride home."
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Blizzard1234 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99
blue_ninja_penguin thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over
Other: Most of the kids smoke regularly, and I believe there's a mention of drugs.
Violence: Just fighting, and a lot of talk about beating each other up, or pulling out pocketknives.
Coarse Language: Gotta love Dallas Winston! XD But yeah, I mean, kids of this generation probably have heard the words PLENTY of times, but its still there.
Violence: The Rumble, Johnny and Bob, Pony and Socs, okay, so there's a lot of fighting.....but it's still beyond amazing!
Frightening or Intense Scenes: The burning church and the little kids inside the burning church.
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A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers hate the Soc, a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a fight that ends in the death of a Soc member, the boys are forced to go and hide. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with the intense Dallas and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.
two groups, mainly called the greasers and the socs constantly rival over power and toughness.
The Greasers and Socs have been rivals for years. Two gangs, two sides, two classes, and one war. Ponyboy is part of the Greasers. One day when coming home late, his brother Darry gets angry and slaps him. Upon running away and almost getting drowned in a fountain by a Soc, Johnny (his friend) accidentally stabs and kills the Soc to prevent Ponyboy from dying. Now they are on the run. After hiding out in a church and changing their identity, Dallas finds them. At the end, when Johnny dies and Dally kills himself in his anger of his death, Ponyboy knows that in life there are ups and downs. Even if they were outsiders they would exist. Forever.
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.
This story is about a gang of friends, particularly one member, that live in the poor side of town. The poor side is dangerous and looked down upon. Teens that inhabit the poor side are called "Greasers", due to all the product they put in their hair and how poor they are. The "Greasers" tend to get in fights, drink alcohol, and cause trouble. The "Greasers" main enemy are the "Socs" (Socialites), richer kids from the nice side of town. Both groups fight constantly and they treat each other horribly.
The one member of the gang of "Greasers" that the story focuses on is PonyBoy Curtis. PonyBoy doesn't like fighting and doesn't really fit in with the other "Greasers." The problem is thats all he has ever known. He goes to a movie with a couple of the gang and two of the "Soc" girls are there. PonyBoy makes acquaintances with one of the girls and the girl's boyfriend happens to catch PonyBoy with the girl. Later Pony boy is with a friend and the boyfriend of the girl starts beating PonyBoy and Johnny (the friend) up. In self defense Johnny accidentally kills the boyfriend...... This starts a Feud between the two groups if there wasn't already one.
Ponyboy Curtis is on the bad side of town. The side where people are looked down on, where the cops pull over especially just to pick on you because of the way you look. Faced with being smart in a world where smart is bad, poor in a world where poor is bad, and the rut of all his family and friends, he makes some bad decisions might not be so bad in the end.
Yes, I did like this book I also agree with Miguel because I can picture like a movie in my head for the whole book. We have just finished a book called, “The Outsiders” by S.E. a realistic-fiction book. In this book the protagonist is Ponyboy and he is a greaser. Ponyboy also has a gang, he also have friends that are in the gang. Some of his friends are Two Bit, Dally, Darry, Soda boy, and Johnny. There is another gang called the Soc. The soc hated the greasers because the greasers have long and greasy hair. The soc also look at them like there are poor. The greasers look at them like they are rich because the soc have blue mustangs, corvairs, and etc. The problem in the book is that the greasers are keeping on getting jumped by the soc. One time Ponyboy and Johnny went to the park to have a talk and a corvair pulled up. One of the soc tried to drown Ponyboy; however, Johnny had a switch blade and killed him and pulled Ponyboy out from the water. The rest of the soc ran back to their corvairs and sped away. Ponyboy was surprised what Johnny had done, he saw that there was a body laying there and a whole pool of blood. Johnny had to escape out of this town other wise the police would come after him and send him to prison for the rest of his life, Ponyboy and Johnny didn’t want that to happen so they went to Dally for advice. After when they had escaped, Dally gave them a gun, money, and Dally’s leather jacket. Dally gave his leather jacket to Ponyboy. When Ponyboy and Johnny got to the place that Dally had told them to go, which was a very old church. They had lived there, then Dally came to meet them and invited to a restaurant to talk. After that when they came back to the church, the church was on fire with some little kids inside it. The people had told Ponyboy and Johnny that they went on for a picnic and all of a sudden a fire had started. Ponyboy and Johnny had rushed in to save the kids after that a big piece of amber fell onto Johnny’s back. Ponyboy’s back was on fire but he didn’t feel it because Dally had given him a leather jacket. Dally ran in and knocked Ponyboy out because his back was on fire and carried Johnny out of the burning church. (I am going to end here because I don’t want to give away the ending.)
In mid-1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Greasers are a gang of tough, low-income teens. They include Ponyboy Curtis (Howell) and his two older brothers, Soda (Lowe) and Darry (Swayze), as well as Johnny Cade (Macchio), Dally Winston (Dillon), Two-Bit Matthews (Estevez), and Steve Randle (Cruise). Their rivalry is with the Socs (pronounced "soashes"), a gang of wealthier kids.
Ponyboy Curtis, the fourteen-year-old narrator, lives with his older brothers Sodapop and Darry, since their parents passed away in a car accident. They are all members of a Greaser gang, meaning they are considered hoods or juvenile delinquents by society. Other than being financially and socially disadvantaged, the Greasers' main problem is getting jumped by the Socs, the rich kids from the West Side. The other members of the Greaser gang are Johnny Cade, Dally Winston, Two-Bit Mathews, and Steve Randle.
Later that night, Ponyboy and Johnny accidentally fall asleep in their favorite vacant lot. Ponyboy runs home, but when Darry scolds him and hits him for the first time, he goes back to find Johnny. They are jumped by Bob, Randy, and other Socs, and during the fight Johnny stabs and kills Bob to stop him from drowning Ponyboy in a fountain. Panicked, Ponyboy and Johnny find Dally, who they know will help them. He gives them some money and a gun and tells them to get on a train to Windrixville and hide out in a deserted church.
Ponyboy and Johnny stay at the church for about a week, during which time they cut off their long Greaser hair as a disguise and subsist mainly on baloney. Dally comes to meet them eventually, and takes them out to get burgers. While they are out, Johnny decides to turn himself in. But when the characters get back to the church, they find it's on fire. A school group had been having a picnic there, and some children are trapped inside. Ponyboy and Johnny run in and save the children, but Johnny is caught across the back by a burning piece of timber.
Soda and Darry come to the hospital to pick up Ponyboy, and they learn that Dally's arm is burned and Johnny is in critical condition. The boys go home because there is a rumble against the Socs that they need to attend. Ponyboy feels sick, but decides to go to the rumble anyway. Dally escapes from the hospital to fight in the rumble, and the Greasers win.
Dally takes Ponyboy back to the hospital to visit Johnny, who is dying. Before he dies, Johnny tells Ponyboy, "Stay gold," meaning he shouldn't lose the innocence of childhood, and should avoid becoming hardened like Dally. Dally is extremely emotional after Johnny's death, since he loved Johnny, and runs off. Ponyboy is feeling even sicker, but has to go home and tell the rest of the gang that Johnny is dead.
Dally calls the Curtis house from a payphone to say that he's robbed a grocery store and the cops are chasing him. The whole gang runs to the vacant lot, and sees Dally approaching from the other side, followed by cop cars. Dally pulls out his gun on the cops, and they shoot him, killing him. Ponyboy passes out and is delirious and sick for the rest of the weekend.
He wakes up in bed, and is in denial over Johnny's death. He has to go to court to testify about the events surrounding it, and is acquitted and allowed to continue living with Darry and Soda, rather than being sent to a boys' home. But things are not the same for him; his world is upside-down, and his grades start to slip. Darry confronts Ponyboy and brings up his failing grades, and a huge fight commences between them. Soda is upset by all the fighting, and runs out of the house.
Darry and Ponyboy find Soda in the vacant lot, and he tells them he can't stand how they fight all the time, since they'll only survive if they stick together. All they have is each other. Darry and Ponyboy hadn't realized their fighting upset Soda so much, and they vow to get along and take care of each other. Ponyboy has to decide what to write about for his semester theme in English class, and he decides to write The Outsiders as a warning to other boys at risk to turn their lives around before it's too late.