* [[spoiler:Johnny's death]] after the big rumbles, which causes Dallas to lose it and storm out and eventually [[spoiler: rob a grocery store to attract the cops attention, then points an unloaded gun at them, knowing that they'd shoot.]]
* Johnny's note that he left in ''Gone With the Wind'' [[spoiler:after he dies.]]
* Throughout the book, we never realize all Soda's going through until the final chapter, where he finally has a HeroicBSOD. Pony missing, [[spoiler: Johnny and Dallas dead]], Pony and Darry constantly fighting and him unable to take sides, and on top of ''all that'', [[spoiler: Sandy had somebody else's baby, and when Soda still wanted to marry her despite that, she left town and didn't answer his post.]]