Rumble Fish

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Release Date
August 06, 2013
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978-0385375689
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Rumble Fish is a trade paperback from the best-selling author of The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton, whose novels are as relevant as ever, exploring sibling relationships, the importance of role models, and the courage to think independently. This edition includes a new and exclusive Author's Note. Rusty-James is the number one tough guy among the junior high kids who hang out and shoot pool at Benny's. He's even proud of keeping up his reputation. Actually though, what he wants most of all is to be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. Rusty-James isn't book-smart, he relies more on his fists than his brains. When he gets in over his head, the Motorcycle Boy has always been there to bail him out. The day Rusty-James' world comes apart, the Motorcycle boy isn't around to pick up the pieces. What now?

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Fighting Just To Be Different
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I was a bit hesitant to read this because everyone was complaining about the grammar. But I'm glad that I chose to ignore them.
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What I love about this book is how much description she put into the book about the characters, the life, and Rusty James feelings. The characters were so easy for me to love and relate to with them learning about themselves and figuring out what they really want in life.
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Reader reviewed by Zander Ogren

I  would give this book a rating of 4 out of five and would recommend this book to other teenage boys. . When I started reading the book I was not sure that I was going to like the book, it seemed to move pretty slow in the beginning. However, as I got into the book it got more interesting and by the end of the book I wanted to keep reading tpo see what happened.  Overall I liked the book, even though It is hard to relate to parts of it because I am not living in that type of environment. It really does give you a lot to think about and makes you very thankful that you have a good home, nice things and parents that are there for you and provide for you all the time so that you don't have to fend for yourself. It gives you a sense of the difficulties that these kids that live in this type of environment have to go through and a little insight on why they turn to gangs and fighting because they have nothing else.



 

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A decent read
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Reader reviewed by Allire

This book was interesting...
It's about this boy, about 14, who didn't grow up in the best neighborhood. He lived in the poor, rough section. He looked up to gang leaders, and liked gangs.


It was okay. I read this book awhile ago, and I didn't think that it was bad, nor was it great. I think that it would be a good read for when you don't really have anything else to read. It makes you think a little, also...
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fantastic
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Reader reviewed by gabby

Out of all the S.E Hinton books, Rumble Fish was my favorite. Yes, The Outsiders is in second. Rumble Fish puts out a whole different theme; of another kind of lifestyle, still with rumbles and poverty, but also of family loyalty and bonds. I thought it was a good book...I would tell you to give it a try.
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Had no point
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Reader reviewed by Morgan

I dont Rumble Fish had a point to it cause I couldn't find one. In my opnion the book was pointless. I didn't even know there was a plot to it until the end and then I realized but I can't tell you what it is cause you have to read.
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Unusual
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Reader reviewed by Bookworm9

Readers who fell in love with S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders" or "Tex" shouldn't go into "Rumble Fish" expecting the same time of lovable characters and uplifting realizations. This is the story of street punk Rusty-James, who is devoid of Hinton's main chracters' usual charm-- he's little more than a hoodlum. Rusty-James loves and admires his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, a strange and distant character with many talents who doesn't seem to fit in in life. Rusty-James's wish to be just like his older brother seems fruitless, until the events of a few nights changes their relationship forever.

This is for older teen readers, as it's heavy on symbolism and devoid of the usual details and relationships that makes Hinton's other books so well-loved in the YA crowd.
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weird
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Reader reviewed by Pony

this was one of the weirdest books Ive ever read. Of course, if I had taken my time I might have understood it a little better. I guess the overall plot is this:

A kid wants to be like his older brother, the motorcycle Boy. The Motorcycle Boy is always leaving and he is...insane? No...more like...out of it. He lives in his own little bubble, in his own world. The only reason he comes back is to make sure that his brother doesnt end up like him. In the end...well...let's just say the ending is very strange and you have to try to decipher what it really means.
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