Ponyboy, Soadapop, Dally, Steve, Johnny, Two-Bit and Darry are all Greasers. They are from the lower class of people.
One night Ponyboy was jumped by a gang of Socs (short for socials), Kids from the upper class. Ponyboy's brothers and the rest of the Greaser gang saved Ponyboy.
Johnny and Ponyboy went to the movies. There they met a couple of attractive Soc girls, Cherry and Marcia. Later during the movie Two- Bit met up with Ponyboy and Johnny. Johnny, Two- Bit and Ponyboy walk the girls to Two-Bit's house so he can drive them home. On they way home, The kids run into Marcia and Cherry's boyfriends, Randy and Bob. The girls were forced to go home with their boyfriends at that point so no fights would break out between the Socs and the Greasers.
Ponyboy is late getting home one night. Darry is really angry, so he and Ponyboy get into a fight. Darry then slapped Ponyboy across the face. Ponyboy was really angry and upset so he left the house and ran away.
Ponyboy ran to find Johnny. The two boys ran to the park. At the park, the boys ran into Bob and Randy and part of the Soc gang. One of the gang members took Ponyboy and was trying to drown him in the fountain. Johnny then killed Bob in order to rescue Ponyboy.
Johnny and Ponyboy go find Dally for help. Dally helps his friends to his best ability.
The Greasers and the Soc prepare for a rumble.
Who wins the rumble? Does Ponyboy finally return home? What happens as the rumble gets closer? How does Darry and Ponyboy's relationship change since Ponyboy ran away?
Read the Outsiders to find out.
I loved this book. I thought it was well written and had such a great plot and storyline. I liked the fact that the author portrayed the characters with characteristics that showed they had two side- a good and a bad side and how some of the characters were misunderstood. One thing I learned from this story not to judge people of mistreat them because of their class or how they act because you could completely misunderstand a person and you should never "judge a book person) by it's cover (outside). "
I recommend this book to anyone in middle school and older because it is has a great message and a good read to pass the time.
Well I have to read some more,