Rumble Fish by S. E. HintonRumble Fish by S. E. Hinton

Rumble Fish

byS. E. Hinton

Paperback | August 6, 2013

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From the author of the international bestseller The Outsiders comes a "stylistically superb" novel that "packs a punch that will leave readers of any age reeling" (SLJ, starred review).  

Rusty-James is the number one tough guy among the junior high kids who hang out and shoot pool at Benny's. He's proud of his reputation, but what he wants most of all is to be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. Whenever Rusty-James gets in over his head, the Motorcycle Boy has always been there to bail him out. Then one day Rusty-James' world comes apart, and the Motorcycle boy isn't around to pick up the pieces. What now?

Like Hinton's groundbreaking classic The Outsiders, Rumble Fish was adapted into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola and remains as relevant as ever in its exploration of sibling relationships, the importance of role models, and the courage to think independently. 

This edition includes an exclusive Author's Note.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice

"Sharper in focus and more mature in style than Hinton's The Outsiders." —Booklist

"Hinton, on her own turf, is still unbeatable." —Kirkus Reviews

"S.E. Hinton is a brilliant novelist." —Publishers Weekly

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 societ...
Title:Rumble FishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.32 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385375689

ISBN - 13:9780385375689


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to follow, plot feels real and the characters are relatable. After reading The Outsiders and loving it, I decided to read this one next. I liked Outsiders more, but I enjoyed this book. This book is about a 14 year old named Rusty James, who grew up in a gang and his brother. After a fight Rusty has severe head injury which ends up changing his life. Rusty likes to think of himself as the best and expects others to think of him as the best. Rusty is defensive. He also lies to himself constantly, both consciously and subconsciously. He forces himself to forget unhappy memories and dulls his mind with fighting and alcohol. The author does a great job describing the setting throughout the entire book and an even better job explaining the atmosphere. I believe the theme of Rumble Fish is about the effects of drugs and alcohol in life. Rusty’s dad was a lawyer who lost his job after becoming an alcoholic.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Not as good as the outsiders, but still a good, easy read.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok a very good read.interesting storyline
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok caught my attention almost immediately and I could not put it down. Great read
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Interesting and captivating
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great novel by S.E. Hinton #plumreview If you like S.E. Hinton's works, then I suggest you read Rumble Fish.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Classic S. E. Hinton, interesting and tough, and a captivating read.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read #plumreview Not as good as The Outsiders but still a good read.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't Bad I have read all of S.E.Hinton's books, and love them because they always teach you a lesson a about life, and so did this one. HOWEVER, I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I did not like the protaganist at all (maybe it was a matter of personal preference) and that made it very hard to read the book and actually enjoy it. If you're a fan of S.E.Hinton, and have read her more popular novels, then go ahead and read this too. But if you're new to her work, I would suggest you read 'The Outsiders' or 'That Was Then, This Is Now' instead - MUCH better.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Insightful Story with Suspense, and Intrigue S.E, Hinton has done it again, with this wonderfully insightful, and intriging story of fear, bravery, and dreaming. Rusty-James is a struggling teen with no direction in his life. He has no path, or life goal. Reading this story of insight helps you determine your life dream. The main message of this book is to ALWAYS believe in your dreams, and persue excellence, and life goals. S.E. Hinton's novel is a summary of her life growing up in a struggling neighbourhood, in a crime stricken community. In conclusion, read this story of encouragement, with a high level of suspense, and receive lessons that will stay with you forever.
Date published: 2003-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a great book I enjoyed Rumble fish by S.E.Hinton. I enjoy all her books. I felt like I was a character in the novel. Thats what most of her books does to me. I don't read alot but when I first read the Outsiders I knew I had to read her other books.
Date published: 2002-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I think Rumble Fish was a good book.
Date published: 2001-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stylishly depressing A grim exploration of inner-city life with none of the quiet nuances of Hinton's previous work, 'The Outsiders'. Instead we simply follow Rusty-James, gangbanger-in-training, as he lurches from one violent episode to another -- with a final burst of pretentious symbolism at the end. All this is supposed to demonstrate the folly of romanticizing the thug life, but since Rusty is a tad slow on the uptake (to put it kindly) the lesson never does quite kick in, making the whole thing seem kinda pointless. Even at age thirteen I can remember being intensely frustrated by this book. Those wanting more after 'The Outsiders' would be far better served by it's semisequel, 'That Was Then, This Is Now.'
Date published: 2000-05-24