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Rumble Fish [Mass Market Paperback]

S.E. Hinton
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Oct. 1 1989
“Stylistically superb. . . . This packs a punch that will leave readers of any age reeling.”—School Library Journal, Starred

“Sharper in focus and more mature in style than Hinton’s The Outsiders.”—Booklist

An ALA Best Books for Young Adults

A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

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Rusty-James knows he is a tough teen, but he wants to be even tougher, just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. He wants to stay calm and laugh when things get dangerous, to be the strongest streetfighter and the most respected guy this side of the river.

About the Author

S. E. Hinton wrote her first novel, The Outsiders, when she was 16. She was the recipient of the ALA’s first Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors authors “whose books have provided young adults with a window through which they can view their world and which will help them to grow and to understand themselves and their role in society.” The author lives in Tulsa, OK.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good... could've been great July 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After I read S.E. Hinton's novel "The Outsiders", I decided to read this one. When I read it for the first time, I didn't quite understand it. When I read it again, I understood it a lot more. I figured out why it is called "Rumble Fish." It is not because The Motorcycle Boy is amused by the siamese fighting fish. It is called Rumble Fish because in the book, it mentions on how The Motorcycle Boy and Rusty-James are in a glass bubble and on how everyone outside the bubble just live on with their lives. The Motorcycle Boy and Rusty-James are like "rumble fish" that are trapped inside the glass bubble and they are not wanted anywhere. The reason why I say that this book is good and not great is because I expected to learn more about the characters personalities, especially Motorcycle Boy's. He is such an unusual character, and I wish I could've learned more about him. I do not recommend everyone to read this book because some parts in it are questionable. Also it ends too abruptly. The ending will make you decide whether you hate it or you don't. I recommend S.E. Hinton's first novel "The Outsiders" to everyone, but I DO NOT recommend "THAT WAS THEN...THIS IS NOW." Out of Hinton's first three novels, Rumble Fish is my second favorite, THe Outsiders is my first, and That was then... this is now my third favorite. The morale to the story Rumble Fish is "Be careful who you idolize because you might end up just like them."
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's a good book May 24 2003
By Lisa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think this is one of those books you either really like or really hate.
I chose to read this book because I really like the author. I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise because I didn't like the title until after I read the book, and I don't like the cover.
A lot of the people who wrote reviews of this said it was really easy to understand. I guess they thought that because it's short and doesn't use big words or anything. I think it's actually complex if you think about it. You think you understand it after you read it but you don't until a few weeks later. It's the kind of book I read more than once. Read it all in one sitting. Motorcycle Boy is the best character I've ever read. I understood everything he said, I think, except for, "Kid, I never got past the river," so if somebody understands that let me know what it means.
This is definitely a good book. The Motorcycle Boy is one of the coolest characters ever. The ending of the book hits you really hard. It's weird how you can see it however you want - like you can think it's really deep or really not. I thought about it after I read it. The characters are realistic, especially Rusty-James (the protagonist) and Steve (his best friend).
For some reason I don't think adults would like this book as much as kids do. It was cool to read because even though I'm about Rusty-James's age my life is so different.
I haven't seen the movie but it sounds a lot different so I don't think it would be nearly as good.
S.E. Hinton is brilliant and it's really cool that she wrote her first book, THE OUTSIDERS, when she was not that much older than me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish???? Oct. 18 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first I had no idea why I even wanted to read a book called "Rumble Fish." That was very wrong of me. I never expected a book with a title like that to turn out as deep, and thought provoking as it was. I sat down with it, planning to read for a half hour, but I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. Yes, it was very easy to read, no it wasn't easy to understand. After reading, you will think you understand, but you will come to understand that you won't understand it right off the bat. I sat there thinking about what had just happened. I was completely blown away. I had always wanted to live in a big city, like the one in the book, but now I am having second thoughts. I have never been in a fight, let alone a gang fight, with knives. I can't imagine how Rusty-James can just push the thought aside, and be so cool about it. He made me look like a big [wimp]. I didn't even try to understand what was up with Motorcycle Boy. First of all, what kind of a name is Motorcycle Boy, anyway. I don't even know his real name which makes it pretty much impossible to understand his personality.
It might look easy, but looks can be deceiving.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish Dec 14 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rumble Fish was a vey exciting book. This book my be written for young people, but the older people can really read it and put the words in your head and really think about what they mean. The book is written so that young minds can enjoy the book, but also written for older teenagers to put them to use. In Rumble Fish, Rusty, the main character, tries to be just like his older brother. Rudty's brother name is "Motorcycle Boy." He is known to be the toughest boy in the town. Rusty-James has a side kick named Steve. Steve and Rusty are one. He thinks the only way to resolve a problem is to fight about it. Rusty gets expelled from school and breaks up with his girlfriend all in the same day. Then one night Rusty goes out with his brother and he does'nt know where they are going. They get to the pet shop and? One night when Rusty-James and Steve need some help somone is not there? Rumble Fish is worth your time to read. You really can relate this to your life if you have a problem with fighting because you can take some notes out of this book, and maybe turn your life around. In some people's eyes the only way to reso,ve something is to fight it out. Grow up because there are other and better ways to solve problems other than fighting. Maybe when these people lean the better ways this world will be a better place.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish
I thought the book was a three, because i wasnt very intersted in the story line. It is about a young boy he is 14 tears old. it was about how hi life changed drasticly. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by nathan
1.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish
Rumble Fish was not an exciting book.Infact it was horribe I would not recommend this book to any reader. This book was written for special minds. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by prometheus
3.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish
Rumble Fish made me anxious to find out about Rusty James and why he always fought for his "bad boy" reputation. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by Jay
2.0 out of 5 stars rumble fish
rumble fish is a story about rusty-james, steve, and the motorcycle boy. the book was boring at times when the charaters where narrating back and forth. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by alan morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish
The main characters name is Rusty James and he has had a troubled childhood. The other characters were his big brother known as the motorcycle boy and his best friend Steve. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by Fred
1.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish
Rumble fish is somewhat of a mystery that takes place in an urban setting.The reader is left wondering what Rusty James is up to do next. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars okay book
rumble fish was an over all okay book. i like s.e. hinton's books. after reading the outsiders for school i hooked on her books. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars My least favorite Hinton Book.
I have always been a big fan of SE HINTON's book...but this is my least favorite of them all. I am not able to sympathize or relate to the characters in this one at all... Read more
Published on July 3 2003 by A. Marbach
4.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish
Rumble Fish is a story about a boy named Rusty-James and his friend Steve. Rusty-James is the type of boy that wants to drink, party, and get into trouble. Read more
Published on April 22 2003 by Eric Lodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish
I figured if I didn't see him, I'd start forgetting again."
Growing up, had been hard for Rusty James, he didn't want to remember his middle school years. Read more
Published on March 20 2003
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