"I kept saving my money for a year, thinking that someday I could buy Mickey Mouse back for Soda. You're not so smart at ten."
"Soda is different from anybody; he understands everything, almost. I love Soda more than I've ever loved anyone, even Mom and Dad. He's always happy-go-lucky and grinning." (Pg. 2)
"Darry's hard and firm and rarely grins at all. But then, Darry's gone through a lot in his twenty years, grown up too fast." (Pg. 2)
"If I had to pick the real character of the group, it would be Dallas Winston. He was tougher than the rest of us-tougher, colder, meaner." (Pg. 10)
"If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you'll have Johnny." (Pg. 11)
"You know, sometimes I catch myself talking to a girl-friend, and realize I don't even mean half of what I'm saying. I don't really think a beer blast is super cool, but I'll rave about one to a girl-friend just to be saying something." (Pg. 38)