By S.E. Hinton
This is a story about friendship and belonging
The Greasers and Socs. have never gotten along. The rich Socs. always jump the poor Greasers, causing conflict between the two groups. Then one night, one Greaser goes beyond the normal level of violence. Fleeing to an abandoned church, Ponyboy and Johnny lie low. But when the church catches on fire with a bunch of kids trapped inside, Johnny ends up in the hospital from helping Pony save the kids. With a big rumble coming up and his friend on the brink of death, Ponyboy's life changes.
"Just keep swimming no matter how hard the current." ~Ava
Man vs. Society
Everyone thinks that the Socs. are spoiled rich kids with no problems, and that the Greasers are all mean, dirty criminals.
"Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn't be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore" ~Ponyboy (Page 179)
"I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me."
Avril Lavigne - Everybody Hurts Lyrics (also in the description)