Rumble Fish Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1989
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From the Publisher
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It might look easy, but looks can be deceiving.
Most recent customer reviews
Not going to describe the plot of this book, there is enough posted here already to do that. I read this book several years ago and enjoyed it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by nathan
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 morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by prometheus
Rumble Fish made me anxious to find out about Rusty James and why he always fought for his "bad boy" reputation. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by Jay
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 morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by alan morgan
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 morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by Fred
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 morePublished on Jan. 19 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 26 2003
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 morePublished on July 3 2003 by A. Marbach