Sodapop Curtis : I don't know, man. It's just like sometimes I have to get out. It's like I'm the middle man in a tug-of-war or something between you guys. I don't know, I can't take sides. To Ponyboy]. Sodapop Curtis : Ponyboy, Darry could've put you in a boys' home, worked his way through college.
Darry and Sodapop Curtis are Ponyboy's older brothers who, along with being greasers, are adjusting to life on their own. Darry has taken over the responsibility of guardianship, forfeiting college and working to enable the three of them to stay together. Soda, never very good in school, has dropped out at age 16 and is working to help support the family.
He's said to be "movie star handsome," and has silky, dark gold hair real tuff that he combs back. He is idolized by his younger brother, Ponyboy, but feels like a middle-man being fought over by between both brothers in a "tug-a-war" between them. Sodapop is dating, and in love with Sandy near the beginning of the book, a pretty girl with china blue eyes and blonde hair, before Ponyboy and Johnny turn away to the church in Windrixville, but when they return, Pony is surprised to find out that they broke up. She clearly didn't love him back, and he was heartbroken. In the book, it is also said by Ponyboy that Soda enjoys dancing or a drag race without even getting near alcohol, and that "it's rare to find a kid in our neighborhood who doesn't drink once in a while. But Soda never touches a drop.