The Outsiders

Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.

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You will never understand what it means to stay gold without reading the book.
Finished it in 3 hours. I start reading it because I want to understand the reference “Stay Gold” used in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. That’s why I tried it. It goes well. Well, so more than Well.

I did some google and found out that that the author was 17 when she wrote it.

A small town. Two groups. Greasers and Socials (Socs).

PonyBoy Curtis is a greaser. And both Greaser and Socs love to fight. They rumble but they never harm each other that seriously. Until a day.

I am a greaser. I am a JD and a hood. I blacken the name of our fair city. I beat up people. I rob gas stations. I am a menace to society. Man, do I have fun!.

Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too.

They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong

That day Johnny, BFF of Ponyboy and Ponyboy gets in a fight with Socs in a park. They start beating them because Ponyboy and Greasers watched the movie with some Socs girl.
And Socs did not like it.
Johny gets paranoid (I do not want to spoil) and kills a Soc.

why do you like fights Darry : Ponyboy
He just likes to show off his muscles : Sodapop

Then they ran away and with the help of Dallas (the most important of Greasers), hides in another town.
And there, they save school kids from the fire. And Johnny burns himself quite seriously.
They come back and then the friend of person (killed by Johnny) called for the truce.

But Socs do not understand and demand a rumble. And they do. They fight and in the end, Johnny died of burns. And Dallas gets himself shoot by policemen because of guilt and grief.

You will not forget Dallas and Ponyboy and Sodapop and Johnny.

Dally was so real he scared me.

Because they are written very simply. The story is actually a character driven. We get involve with them. A one-way narrator makes you belong to the area.

Ponyboy, listen, don’t get tough. You’re not like the rest of us and don’t try to be…

The story show two different sides of the same town. A metaphor two different worlds. Fighting with each other to gain power but still, it never loses the beauty of the fiction.

Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.

Read it too: Made of Stars

In the end, story finished with the hope of improving. Many people change and character developed.

I suggest you read it at least once.

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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.


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  1. A review of The Outsiders deserves a comment 🙂 It is my all time favourite book and I had read it as a mother of a teen, and between us, we used to fight to read it, just waiting for the other to put it down. What a beautiful YA fiction. Didn’t know that S.E.Hinton had decided to come out with her real name on the book! You might want to read my review too 🙂


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