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by S. E. Hinton

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The Outsiders is about two clashing groups of teenagers, the Greasers and the Socs. A proud member of the Greaser group, protagonist Ponyboy faces lessons of loss, pride, and sacrifice through various conflicts in the novel. The novel is especially focused on class and opportunity differences.

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Fourteen-year-old Ponyboy, the novel's protagonist, lives with his older brothers following their parents's death. He enjoys the company of Sodapop, who is easygoing and keeps the brothers laughing, but finds himself in nearly constant conflict with his oldest brother, Darry.

The brothers are part of a group called the Greasers, all of whom struggle economically and many of whom come from homes with high levels of conflict. The Greasers clash with the Socs, who are from the West side of town and are generally privileged, upper class kids.

Pony and his friend Johnny go to a drive-in with their rough-around-the-edges friend Dally , who proceeds to tease some Soc girls who are also at the theater. When Dally leaves for a bit, Pony and Johnny have an authentic conversation with the girls, Cherry Valance and Marcia. Both Pony and Cherry begin to consider the perspectives that divide the groups and realize that they have things in common. As Pony, Johnny, and Two-Bit walk with the girls after the...

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good book

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A realistic fiction book about the changes in life of Ponyboy. Through many battles of Socs and Greasers dramatic things happen to both of the gangs. Many people will get their hearts broken but some will turn into heroes.

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An adventurous realistic fiction novel based on two totally different gangs; The Greasers & The Socs. The Socs are a group of malacious teens who lurk for trouble. They are always getting into fights with The Greasers. On the other hand, The Greasers are a group of teens who stick up for each other. They are supposedly heroes. Although, some of the members are mischievous.