The Outsiders Short Summary

What is a summary of The Outsiders in a few sentences?

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The Outsiders tells the story of 14-year-old Ponyboy Curtis who struggles with what is right and wrong in a society in which he doesn’t feel he belongs. His parents were killed in an automobile accident, but Ponyboy and his brother are allowed to stay under the guardianship of their eldest brother, as long as they behave. The three brothers are considered greasers from the poor side of town, and they rival with the wealthier kids, the socs, from the other side of town.

During one of the fights between the rival gangs, Ponyboy’s friend kills a soc, and they decide to hide out in a church. The...

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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.

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