The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

81%

26 Critic Reviews

Long credited with changing the way Y.A. fiction is written, Hinton’s novel changed the way teenagers read as well, empowering a generation to demand stories that reflected their realities.
-NY Times

Synopsis

A heroic story of friendship and belonging

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. And when it comes to the Socs—a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up on "greasers" like him and his friends—he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy's world is turned upside down...

Written over forty-five years ago, The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction. 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.

"The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world." —The New York Times

"Taut with tension, filled with drama." —The Chicago Tribune

"[A] classic coming-of-age book." —Philadelphia Daily News

"What it's like to live lonely and unwanted and cornered by circumstance...There is rawness and violence here, but honest hope, too." —National Observer

A New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book
A Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Winner of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award
 

About S.E. Hinton

See more books from this Author
S. E. Hinton (www.sehinton.com), the inaugural winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, is one of the most popular and best-known writers of young adult fiction. Her novels include That Was Then, This Is Now, Some of Tim's Stories and Rumble Fish. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Speak. 220 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels, Action & Adventure. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Outsiders
All: 26 | Positive: 26 | Negative: 0

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Dale Peck on Sep 23 2007

Long credited with changing the way Y.A. fiction is written, Hinton’s novel changed the way teenagers read as well, empowering a generation to demand stories that reflected their realities.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders | See more reviews from NY Times

Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Damon Isherwood on Dec 06 2012

So we all found a bit of refuge in her books. Man, even my older brother read it, and he trusted books about as much as he trusted adults.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders | See more reviews from Blog Critics

NPR

Good
Reviewed by Ally Carter on Jan 28 2013

S.E. Hinton was a girl about my age. She was from my state. And she had created this story — pulled it out of thin air and made it come alive.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders | See more reviews from NPR

Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by ABR on Nov 21 2013

I know my 12-year-old could read a more creative book, something supernatural or dystopian with sorcerers or magical cats or precocious kids. But the message of this book is as good as any published today. And it’s done in fewer than 200 pages.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Common Sense Media

Good
on Jun 16 2014

This book appeals to preteens (many read it in sixth grade) because that's the time when kids break into social cliques and life becomes tribal.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Alice Marvels

Good
Reviewed by alicemarvels on Nov 24 2010

Why this book rocks: It is universal. Anyone can be an outsider. And in some respects, everyone is an outsider.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Brandon B. on Aug 25 2014

This is definitely a book that is hard to put down and I should know because it was for me. The theme of the book is trust. Trust is what keeps the gang together.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Minecraftpwner on Aug 25 2014

This book deeply moved me all 12 times i read it. it never fails to surprise me even after all the times I’ve read it. It still fills me with some sort of emotion. I highly suggest you read this book.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Minecraftpwner on Aug 25 2014

I read The Outsiders cover to cover and when I closed it, I was in awe of how deeply it affected me.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by emmagrace1999 on Aug 25 2014

The Outsiders is a book I highly recommend to all teenagers. It will move you like the leaves on a tree as it emphasizes the importance in life.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Teen Ink

Good
on Aug 25 2014

The meanings and characters of the book really connect with you. You get to feel what they are going through...And you notice how much they really change throughout the book, which is why I recommend the book The Outsiders.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Michael J. on Aug 25 2014

It teaches us not to create a shell to block emotions and the importance of friendship. This is one book you definitely will not want to skip.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by ZakKratzer on Jan 27 2014

The Curtis brothers have many differences. In the end, though, they still love each other and are closer than before. The theme of this book would have to be friendship. It shows how, even if your brothers, you can still be close friends.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Thomas H. on Jan 27 2014

I enjoyed this book because it was a page turning exciting book, I recommend this book because of all of the adventure and excitement, and all of the sad, scary, dreadful, happy scenes in the book.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Dynamo on Aug 25 2012

A great read, an admirable inclusion to one’s library and a powerful message: all declared in this installment that is lively, provocative and ingenious.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Shannon - StorySnoop on Aug 25 2014

This poignant and timeless book provides excellent material for discussing class discrimination and prejudice.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Reading Lark

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrea on Nov 17 2012

This novel provides important commentary not only on social class, but on the transition between childhood and adulthood. Ponyboy and the other Greasers have had to grow up far too fast. Their story holds a powerful message.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Reading for Sanity

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Mar 27 2013

This book was written in the 1960’s and yet many of the themes such as coming-to-age, belonging, and defining one’s own identity are relevant today.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Reads Too Much on Sep 24 2011

The story she developed is timeless - you can substitute any two high school cliques that don't get along into this tale, and it would still be prevalent. This is a book that will stay on my bookshelves for a very long time.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

The Book Vixen

Good
Reviewed by Brianna on Nov 26 2009

The best thing about this book is that it's timeless. It was written in the 60s but still its message still holds strong and true in today's day and age. We are still dealing with, and battling, the same social dilemmas.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Diary of an Eccentric

Good
Reviewed by Anna on Apr 05 2013

At its core, The Outsiders is about friendship and how we love our closest friends as family. It’s about recognizing that even as society categorizes people, and despite all our differences, we essentially are the same.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Bloggers Heart Books

Good
Reviewed by lanna-lovely on Jun 16 2012

I really, really adored these characters. The way they were flawed and heartbreaking and funny and the way they cared about each other and became a family even though they weren't all related by blood - they were family in the sense that they may not always like each other, but they'd be there for each other no matter what...

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Tales Untangled

Good
on May 04 2012

...I highly recommend this book for high school students...The Outsiders is not a perfect novel, but it takes pertinent issues that teens need to understand as they grow up.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Angieville

Good
Reviewed by Angiegirl on Oct 02 2009

That it will teach its readers about how to treat their fellow human beings, how hatred and fear do nothing but destroy, and how the sunset looks the same no matter which side of the tracks you're from. That's the kind of book I want to read.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Mindful Musings

Good
Reviewed by Natalie on Feb 08 2012

The Outsiders is an extremely quick read that took me just over two hours to complete. Despite it's brief nature, I think it's well-worth a read for pretty much anybody.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Karen Krueger

Good
on Mar 15 2010

I love the characters in this book. It’s funny, because they’re the type of kids that I would probably shy away from and be afraid of if I were walking down the street, but reading about their lives I can connect with them.

Read Full Review of The Outsiders

Reader Rating for The Outsiders
89%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 4453 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×