By: S.E Hinton
The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider.
Ponyboy and his two brothers Darry and Sodapop have recently lost their parents in an automobile accident. Pony and Soda are allowed to stay under Darry's guardianship as long as they all behave themselves. The boys are greasers, a class term that refers to the young men on the East Side, the poor side of town. The greasers' rivals are the Socs, short for Socials, who are the "West-side rich kids."
Sodapop Curtis- Ponyboy's 16-going-on-17-year-old brother. He is a high school dropout and works at the local gas station. He is "movie-star" handsome.
Dallas Winston A fellow greaser, who is originally from New York City. He is a bit tougher than the others in Ponyboy's gang
Darry Curtis The 20-year-old brother and legal guardian of Ponyboy and Soda. He works too hard and too long, and would be in college, if life had turned out different.