Rumble Fish

Rumble Fish

by S. E. Hinton

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The classic YA novel RUMBLE FISH, written by celebrated novelist S.E. Hinton and immortalized by legendary film maker Francis Ford Coppola, now available as an eBook for the first time.

Rusty James wants to be just like his big brother Motorcycle Boy - tough enough to be respected by everyone in the neighborhood. But Motorcycle Boy is also smart, so smart that Rusty James relies on him to bail him out of trouble. The brothers are inseparable, and Motorcycle Boy will always be there to watch his back, so there's nothing to worry about, right? Or so Rusty James believes, until his world falls apart and Motorcycle Boy isn't there to pick up the pieces.

From the author of THE OUTSIDERS, S.E. Hinton looks into a world where hope is hard to find, and violence is a fact of life.

“Stylistically superb. . . . This packs a punch that will leave readers of any age reeling.”—School Library Journal

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938120824
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 99
Sales rank: 276,504
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

S.E. Hinton, was and still is, one of the most popular and best known writers of young adult fiction. Her books have been taught in some schools, and banned from others. Her novels changed the way people look at young adult literature. 

Susan Eloise Hinton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has always enjoyed reading but wasn't satisfied with the literature that was being written for young adults, which influenced her to write novels like The Outsiders. That book, her first novel, was published in 1967 by Viking. Once published, The Outsiders gave her a lot of publicity and fame, and also a lot of pressure. S.E. Hinton was becoming known as "The Voice of the Youth" among other titles. This kind of pressure and publicity resulted in a three year long writer's block.

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Rumble Fish 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rumble Fish is a fine book that is trying to send a message about the gang violence that she was against that took place in cities. The book is definitely aimed for teens that are around the age of the characters. Everyone should read it, though. If you're a fan of action-packed fight scenes, you'll enjoy this book, but if you enjoy a more sophisticated read, this isn't for you. The story is based on a fourteen year-old named Rusty James. He is the toughest in the neighborhood and has an older brother called the Motorcycle Boy. But things take a turn for the worst, and Motorcycle Boy can't exactly help him. S.E. Hinton does a great job at making the reader live through the scenes and the thoughts of Rusty. It doesn't quite compare to "The Outsiders," but it is a modern classic and deserves recognition. I ranked it four stars because it's almost too easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rumble Fish was all together a good book that tries to send a message to people about violence. The book was an interesting, thriller book. The book was exciting and I didn't want it to end. The main characters are Rusty James, Steve, and The Motorcycle Boy. Rusty James is a fourteen year old who loves to fight. He wants to be like his brother, The Motorcycle Boy, a tough guy. Rusty James relies on The Motorcycle Boy to bail him out when he's in trouble, but he can't always do that anymore. S.E. Hinton did a good job writing this book. The plot was crazy, but interesting. Rusty James and The Motorcycle Boy are courageous and interesting characters. The theme of the book was a dark and tough place, a really good job! Rumble Fish had an interesting, but weird ending. The ending left me asking myself, is that it? I read the book in three days, and I say it's one of the best books I've ever read. I read another one of S.E. Hinton's books a while ago. "The Outsiders" is a pretty good book, but not as good as "Rumble Fish." This book is for guys who are teens and love action/fighting books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rumble Fish is one of the few books that I've enjoyed reading. I guess I like it so much because it's about another low life gang member. A lot of people don't think that their stories are important or meaningful, but they are. I thought it was interesting because at the end one of those low life criminals did something he believed was morally right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rumble Fish is about a kid who relies on his fists instead his head, and relies on his older brother to bail him out of those extremely troubling events. It's more in the category of 'That Was Then, This Is Now!' but didn't really have those Outsiders spinoffs. It lost me after a little bit.
karenamorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is hard to image writing such a powerful story as Rumble Fish with relatively few words, yet S.E. Hinton¿s book from the sixties about teenager brothers who are disconnected from healthy human emotion and behavior is told very simply and sparingly. That is part of the book¿s appeal¿and of course lends an authenticity to the protagonist¿s voice. There is so much depth in this story in which Rusty-James, a street-fighter who enjoys his status as the toughest kid in the neighborhood, battles personal demons¿primary among them is a fear of being alone. He idolizes a distant and disconnected older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, but doesn¿t trust him and senses that he can¿t depend on him. Hinton has a way of getting into her characters¿ psyches and then expressing their feelings in very believable way. In a sequence leading up to an important plot development, Rusty-James, the Motorcycle Boy and a friend, Steven, cross the river to go to the city. Rusty-James comes alive amidst the sights and sounds of the city at night, declaring, ¿¿you could feel energy coming off things, even buildings.¿ In that passage, I got the feeling that his senses were usually deadened and that he felt comforted by the garish, artificial environment. Rusty-James is fourteen, but seems older because of the drinking and street fighting he engages in. The Motorcycle Boy is seventeen, but he is described as looking more like in his 20s. The book can be read in middle school, but would also be a great pick for all types of high school students, who might bring more mature insights to classroom discussions. They also might be able to better understand the bleakness and alienation of the characters. Rumble Fish delivers a rich, nuanced story that provides an opportunity for rich literary analyses¿for reluctant readers, English language learners, and the enthusiastic readers alike. Target audience is grades 7-10.
dgiese on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a useful book when you are overwhelmed by some very serious reading beforehand.
jduggie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story really grabbed my attention and I thought it was really good book. It was a really fascinating book and I liked the story. They ending was a whole flip around and it had a different turn around.
ElCa0720 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I think that S.E. Hinton is an amzing writer that is really great with the way he writes his stories. This book does a the same kind of theme as the other books with gang violence and fighting.
ctmsanke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It's a classic S.E. Hinton novel. Her stories are touching, moving, and bring out your inner emotions to make you feel inspired. Her books make me want to reach out and help another, struggling with some kind of burden. As you read "Rumblefish", you will begin to notice that our world isn't as perfect as it seems, and you can't help but shed a small tear."Rumblefish" is about a 14 year old small town boy named Rusty-James. Everyone sees him as the toughest kid in town, for he's always wanting to pick fights and act cool. He smokes, drinks, and cheats people out of there moneyl. He's basically the town's very own delinquent. When he's not out stealing from convenience stores or jumping some poor kid off the street, he's either at his girlfriend, Patty's, house, or at home, waiting for his drunk of a father to return from the bar. He doesn't have a mother (she ran away when he was very young), and he doesn't exactly have the potential to lead out a good life. As you get deeper into the book, you'll realize that Rusty's biggest set back is his older, tough cooler brother. No one knows his real name, so they all call him "The Motorcycle Boy." He tells Rusty stories of when there used to be gangs in the good old days, how everyone belonged to one and there were the "Greasers" and the "Socs". Rusty tries so hard to be like his older brother that he, in turn, loses sight of who he really is. One of the most admirable things about Hinton's novel, "Rumblefish", was that it had real character and reality to it. It was blunt and to the point, which is perfect. It shows how real life was back in the 60's or 70's, and it just makes you think of how much our world has changed since then. Think about; today you don't just jump everyone you see, and there are far more laws and policies about bullying now than back then. Back then, if you got called "gay" or "fat", there just weren't the same disciplinary actions as there are today against that type of harassment. it gives you a real view of now vs. then (which is ironic because an other one of Hinton's great novels is "That was Then, This is Now")I rated this book a 4/5 because, all though it was an exemplary novel, it had a few kinks in it, so I deducted a point. One of these so called "kinks" was that i thought she could have described the characters a tad bit more. instead of getting a true, cinema-like picture buzzing through my head, i got kind of a blurred vision, with a blank background. when there was a lot of action going on, it started to get confusing. i really think it would of helped if Hinton spent a little more time and gave the characters morecomplex personalities that created a real image inside my head.Another thing that is really notable about "Rumblefish" is that Hinton left the ending kind of open. In my opinion, this is wonderful! It had just the right amount of closure to end well, but she left you with a job. When you finish the book, you think to yourself "What happens next?" But its that kind of question you can answer yourself, even though the author never stated anything indubitable or sure about it. That is the real magic of this book. You read the whole thing and then, YOU, the reader gets to decide what happens to Rusty. But really, it all depends on your perspective and what you see Rusty as.
ctmsjabl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rusty-James, his drunken dad, and his older brother who everybody calls the Motorcycle Boy stay in an old, beat up apartment and live poor lives. Rusty-James is the only one in his family that goes to school, and he doesn't do that well there. He is late or absent almost every day and has been suspended numerous times. His older brother, the Motorcycle Boy is famous to everyone in his town. He could beat up anybody, but speak words of wisdom if he was in a good mood. Rusty-James' dad is a drunken wreck that has no job and is barely able to support his kids. Rusty-James' mother left him and the rest of his family when he was young, and has never visited or helped them out. Rusty-James' life is sad, but he makes up for it by being a good person and a loyal friend.I think that Rumble fish, for the most part, was a very good book. One of its pros was that it was very suspenseful. There were fights were I would near expect someone to get killed, but at the last moment, the Motorcycle Boy would drive up and "save the day". Also, there were times where I found myself rooting in my head for Rusty-James in a fight or nervously reading to find out if he would be killed or make it out of a chase alive.There were also a few cons to this book. I felt that once I was done reading it that I hadn't read much of story, rather a few quick scenes of a fight or a chase. I think the book would have been better if it had more of an actual story behind it, so for this, I deducted one point. I also found that certain characters weren't described good enough. For example, there were a couple people that Rusty-James are friends with, but you don't know much about them besides their name, so for this, I took off one half of a point.Overall I think that Rumble Fish was a very good book that is definitely worth reading. Even though there are a few cons to it, I very much enjoyed reading this book. There were times of high suspense and others were you find yourself rooting for Rust-James in a fight. Make sure you read Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton.
PatrickHackeling13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Motherless, with a drunken father, and a brother who is always on the run, Rusty James' future looks pretty bleak. For now, however, he is the king of the hill. His brother built up a reputation as the toughest, baddest, and most indifferent fellow to ever walk his streets. With few role models to look up to, Rusty James does everything in his power to emulate Motorcycle Boy. Despite being able to take a knife to the side, drink like there is no tomorrow, and get with any girl he wants, Rusty James just cannot be his brother. His brother is in a league of his own. He is apathetic to the world. He sees in black and white and hears nothing. After a series of tragic events culminating in Motorcycle Boy's unnecessary death, Rusty James' wish finally comes true. He has become Motorcycle Boy. When all is said and done, though, and the scar tissue has formed, Rusty James is unhappy. Yes, he has become his brother. But in doing so, he has become a ghost.
Batmannn More than 1 year ago
I think that the book Rumble Fish was a great read for teenagers, there some exciting action that made me really want to see what happened next. Once I got into the book I couldn't put it down! And I'm not much of a reader, but I really loved this book, it wasn't challenging to ready. The only problem I had with this book was that it wasn't long enough! I picked it up and it was over! The charters in the book are well rounded and they each play a big role in the book and the keep it interesting. the plot line was a little all over the place, there was a lot of random things going on and some parts seemed cheesy, but I really enjoyed it for the most part
dinosourmaster45678 More than 1 year ago
My Book Review Book title and author: Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton Title of review: My book review Number of stars (1 to 5): 4 stars Introduction: Rusty James knows he’s tough, but he wants to be even tougher. He wants to stay calm in the face of danger and be the strongest street fighter on this side of the river. Rusty is not very smart he relies on his fists instead of his brains. Description and summary of content: Rusty James always relies on his older brother the motor cycle boy to bail him out of trouble. But one day rusty James world comes apart in a chain of events. But the motor cycle boy can’t help him this time. Evaluation: Over all this book is very exciting. It’s filled with action and suspense but it’s also visually descriptive. I recommend this book to everyone it’s a great read. Conclusion: In conclusion Rumble Fish is a great book. It teaches you being tough isn’t everything. The characters are really discriped so you can imagin them very clearley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cloudripple suddenly unfroze and pounced, clrenly killing a rabbit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She padded bc to camp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He laughed as he carrd his catch back to camp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Padded in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can be heard in the distance. 'Hiyo silver!' ((Im the party pooper))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Velvetstar opened her jaws as the scared rabbit collides with her, bringing her claws to either of its sides to block its escape. She shut her mouth on its slender neck and the prey goes limp. -Velvetstar-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hear that this book is great and i am looking at it, but does it have anything to do with fish?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it so much and i didnt realize until the middle of the book that Motorcycle Boy and Rusty James are brothers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
~ Storm Clouds at Night
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mind has just been blown. I thought that motorcycle boy was awsome at first. Then I'm like he's a physco. Then I'm like that just the way he rolls. But I really think he might be just plain special. I hope Rusty James didn't end up like him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rumble Fish, Rusty is one of the characters in the book and is the main character in Rumble Fish. Rusty has an old friend named Steve he ran into. Rusty has been studying to become a high school teacher. He is scared of what happen to them when his old friend Steve invited him to dinner. James has been around, but not since he has been getting out of reformatting after servey years. Steve remembers of how much trouble they had got into and what has happen to them. Rusty stops by his girlfriend house, after Steve goes home. Patty rusty girlfriend, mother has to work night shift as a nurse. Patty has to baby-sit her little brothers. Rusty has been to the lake with his friends recently and has lied to patty that there were no girls there and patty got really mad at him. Rusty thinks he’s one of the dumbest kids in school. He’s in grad school and he thinks they separate the kids from smart to the dumbest. James found out his mother is in the hospital from a stroke. James is really upset and does’nt know what to do, he is really stressed out now with his mom in the hospital and school. James is always hanging out with Bendy; they are either playing pool or just hanging together. Rusty wants to be like his older brother. James was a fighter never thought it twice, he a had a quick temper. Rusty Just doesn’t  think before he do. Patty and Rusty made out and Rusty Just fell asleep afterwards. He’s supposed to fight Biff at 8:00, but he woke up at 7:30. Rusty always made a promise to Patty that he wasn’t going to fight any more, but he couldn’t just turn this down and be a punk. Biff really wants to kill Rusty for no reason and if there was a reason it was stupid. Biff and Rusty are to meet each other in vacant lot behind pet store. Rusty was warned  to be careful because Biff might come to vacant lot deep, but rusty wasn’t worried he was going to come deep. Alexis Daye
juliabass More than 1 year ago
So this book is about a boy and his friends. He thinks he is toughest boy and nobody can stop him. But when he does get in trouble he always has one friend that makes everything better again. One day he gets a wakeup call and that boy is no longer can take care of him and get him out of trouble. He wants to be like his friend so bad that he will do anything he says and he tries to act all tough.