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.