Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

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Fourteen-year-old Rusty-James runs one of the meanest gangs in his neighbourhood, his reputation safe mainly because his brother is the widely-feared Motorcycle Boy. But while his brother is now a loner who shuns gangs and fighting, Rusty-James is desperate to belong.

About S.E. Hinton

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S. E. Hinton is a fiction writer. Her given name is Susan Eloise Hinton. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1950. Hinton attended the University of Tulsa. While still in high school, Hinton wrote The Outsiders. The book changed publishing for young people, portraying a grittier, more realistic view of the lives of teenagers. Hinton has won numerous awards, including the Margaret Alexander Edwards Award, the Media and Methods Maxi Award, and the Land of the Enchantment Award. Her work has consistently been honored on the American Library Association's Best Young Adult Book lists and she has been nominated for the American Book Award. Four of her books have been made into films starring such actors as Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Nicholas Cage, Rob Lowe, and Emilio Estevez. Francis Ford Coppola directed two of the films.
Published June 1, 1975 by Live Oak Media. 111 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1975 ISBN: 0440975344 Page count: ...

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The Guardian

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A goldfish bowl which - as teenage tearaway Rusty James becomes increasingly obsessed with his brother, Motorcycle Boy - appears to fill with swirling patterns of blood.

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BC Books

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Rumble Fish was first released on DVD way back in 1998 in a rather bare bones edition, now we are given a nice Special Edition release.

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AV Club

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Like the novel on which it's based, Coppola's Outsiders appears destined to remain a cherished favorite of young people, while Rumble Fish seems doomed to stay an arty misfire.

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Gather Books

One day on a beach, Rusty James meets up with his childhood friend, a studious passive young man named Steve who has always stood by Rusty James while at the same time never allowing himself to be lured into that violent world.

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Common Sense Media

It's a wonderful book, but it makes you feel kind of crazy if you read it for to long of time.

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Common Sense Media

(And, for Motorcycle Boy, too little too late.) Rusty James is a trouble-prone, at-risk kid, school dropout, and unfaithful boyfriend, but by the end he realizes some of the negatives of his acts and outlook.

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Common Sense Media

This spare portrait of a juvenile delinquent who has no desire to better his life allows readers to see Rusty-James as he cannot see himself.

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Dennis (Easy Rider) Hopper (see page 125) as the boys' drunken father and Diane (The Outsiders) Lane as Dillon's girl fare better in smaller parts because they don't bear the weight of Coppola's more eccentric flights of fancy.

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Time Out New York

Shot back-to-back with The Outsiders, similarly based on a novel by SE Hinton, and signalled by Coppola as 'Camus for kids', Rumble Fish does indeed have a hero figure (Rourke) who belongs to a former age of existential 'outsiders', coasting through the world in an insulated state of deafness and...

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