"You get tough like me and you don't get hurt. You look out for yourself and nothin' can touch you..."
"He wasn't going to be any hood when he got old. He was going to get somewhere. Living the way we do would only make him more determined to get somewhere."
"So Cherry Valance, the cheerleader, Bob's girl, the Soc, was trying to help us. No, it wasn't Cherry the Soc who was helping us, it was Cherry the dreamer who watched sunsets and couldn't stand fights."
Author: S.E. Hinton 
i read this book last year and i looooovvveeeeed this boook!! it'sa really great book... i love the story, and the struggle, the love, the togetherness and loyalty, the fight, the relationships... everything!