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Rumble Fish (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Laurel-Leaf Contemporary Fiction) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 32 user ratings
ISBN:0881036471
LANGUAGE:English

"I thought that “Rumble Fish” by S.E. Hinton was a good book. The way that the plot moves fast and things happen quickly in the book made it easy to read and understand. how people are getting into fights and shot makes it a good book.

Rusty-James is the main character of the book, he has greasy hair and is short for his age. He is 14 years old and has an older brother. Rusty’s older brother has a name but is called the Motorcycle Boy. He likes to ride motorcycles hence the name Motorcycle Boy. He doesnt have one of his own so he goes and steals them off the side of the road.

“Rumble Fish” takes place in a big city but in the bad part where there are gangs and fights going on all the time like in the bad part of Milwaukee here in Wisconsin. This book takes place sometime in the late 1900’s like 1980 or sometime in that area.

The author’s message or theme of the book would be that life is not always good. Bad things can happen to people at any time in life and where a person comes from (or grows up) has a lot to do with it. For example, Rusty grew up in the bad part of the city and is always getting into fights and in the end gets shot. Even though a person may try, there is often no way to escape it. Even after Rusty left the town, his past always seemed to find him again (such as when he meet up with an old pal, Steve).

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books about fighting and gangs. Anyone over the age of 14 would be able to read this book, male or female.
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"English/Português

I just finished this book. I read it because I had to read the author's first book, Outsiders, for school. I liked it very much, so I decided to read another one. I have to say I liked Outsiders more, but this doesn't mean I didn't love Rumble Fish. I just missed a stronger message with it. However, I think that the author is still amazing at showing the reality in the suburbs, places full of people and empty of hope. Places with gangs, fighting, drunk people, poor people, but more than anything else, suffering people, but I think it's not a dramatic book, but a really accurate one. It's just showing this world as it is; no drama, no glamour. Just truth. It's touching, because you can really feel this environment as a place where people live, as everywhere else. You can feel everything. It's a place, it's people. Just like everywhere else. For the first time, people who've never felt it are understanding their routine. It's somehow painful, but, just like the characters, after some time, you just don't care anymore. If you're living or dead. If you're suffering or not. If there's hope... Or not.

Eu acabei de terminar esse livro. Eu o li porque eu tive que ler o primeiro livro da autora, Vidas Sem Rumo, para a escola. Eu gostei muito dele, por isso decidi ler outro. Eu tenho que dizer que gostei mais de Vidas Sem Rumo, mas isso não significa que eu não tenha amado O Selvagem Na Motocicleta. Eu apenas senti falta de uma mensagem mais forte nele. Mesmo assim, eu acho que a autora ainda é incrível em mostrar a realidade nos suburbios, lugares cheios de gente e vazios de esperança. Lugares com gangues, lutas, gente bêbada, gente pobre, acima de tudo, gente que sofre, mas eu acho que não é um livro dramático, mas um bem realista. Ele está apenas mostrando esse mundo como ele é; sem drama, sem glamour. Apenas verdade. É tocante, porque você realmente consegue sentir o ambiente como um lugar em que as pessoas vivem, como todos os outros. Você pode sentir tudo. É um lugar, são pessoas. Exatamente como todos os outros lugares. Pela primeira vez, pessoas que nunca sentiram isso estão entendendo a rotina deles. É de certa forma doloroso, mas, assim como os personagens, depois de certo tempo você simplesmente não liga mais. Se você está vivo ou morto. Se está sofrendo ou não. Se ainda existe esperança... Ou não
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The title of the book I read is called Rumble Fish by S.E Hinton, the genre of this book would most likely be under young adult and maybe some other genres too but young adult fits in best. The setting of this story would take place somewhere in America. The main character in this book is named Rusty James, Rusty James is one of the toughest junior high kids in his town. He smokes, drinks, fights, steals and he is well respected by mostly everybody. One of the other main characters would be The Motorcycle Boy, He is Rusty James older brother and Rusty James wants to be just like him. The Motorcycle Boy got his name because of his affection towards motorcycles, he would sometimes steal them and leave for days at a time. Another main character would be Steve Hayes. Steve was a good kid he didn’t fight, steal, smoke, drink or any of the things his friend Rusty James did. Steve is one of the kids you wouldn’t expect to see hanging around the others even Rusty James doesn’t know why he hangs out with him but he’s one of the people that know Rusty James the best.
One problem in the story was when a kid named Biff Wilcox was looking to kill Rusty James, they end up meeting at a parking lot and Bliff pulls out a knife instead of fighting fair so someone handed Rusty James a bike chain and they fight, Rusty James eventually gets the knife away from him and beats him up, after that The Motorcycle Boy shows up out of nowhere and that’s when Bliff slashes Rusty James on the side of his body. The main problem in this story would be that Rusty James is just a troubled kid trying to find his place in the world, the end of the story kind of sums everything up but I’m not gonna tell.
This book did entertain me because it appealed to my liking in books. I don’t really read but if its a S.E Hinton book I’d give it a try, I like most of her books. The book didn’t exactly meet my expectations because it was pretty short and things jumped to conclusion and got wrapped up pretty quick but I liked the book. I think the author should’ve made it longer and add more detail about the characters and describe them a little more but it’s fine I can’t complain.
Overall I would recommend this book to people but only the ones who would actually enjoy reading it instead of being forced to read it, it’s a book with action and a lot of feeling and I think some people would like it and I think some won’t but it’s up to whoever picks up the book to read it or not. I think the ideal readers of the book would be people who like to read S.E Hinton books. I don’t know what book I’ll read next but I’ll find out sooner or later.
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"I read the book, “Rumble Fish,” by S.E. Hinton. This story is about a boy, named Rusty-James, and his brother, The Motorcycle Boy. Rusty-James is a fourteen year old boy who grew up in a gang. These gangs have disappeared now and he goes on his own trying to be the toughest kid in town. Rusty-James fights a rival from a different town named Biff Wilcox and gets slit open pretty good. Biff comes to fight him because Rusty had been talking to his girl. Then one night, Rusty and his friend Steve go out of town with the Motorcycle Boy to party. On their way back home, they run into two guys down an alley. The one guy punches and knocks out Rusty-James. When he wakes up Steve and the Motorcycle Boy are standing over him, and the other two guys are laying on the ground unconscious because the Motorcycle Boy clobbered them. The hit that Rusty took permanently damaged his head, and eventually makes him black out. He ends up in the hospital and his life was different from there on out.

Rusty-James is a fourteen year old boy with longer auburn-colored hair. Rusty is very defensive. He likes to think of himself as the best and expects others to think of him as the best. Rusty and the Motorcycle Boy are the only two that look the way they do. Nobody else resembles them. Rusty's brother, The Motorcycle Boy, is the most feared kid around. Everyone stops and listens to him, adults and children. Nobody tries to fight him because he always wins. He has an eerie glazed look to him which makes him unapproachable.

The setting of Rumble Fish takes place in a Southwestern town in the United States during the 1970’s. The author does a great job describing the setting throughout the entire book. During the more exciting parts of the book, the author does an even better job explaining the atmosphere. The author makes sure to include where the event is, who is there, what the weather is like, everything. The book is very easy to understand.

I believe the theme of Rumble Fish is about the effects of drugs and alcohol in life. Rusty-James’ dad was a lawyer who lost his job after becoming an alcoholic. Steve, who is against drinking, gets drunk and then gets beaten by his dad. Worst of all, Rusty-James gets his head severely injured, changing his life forever. All three of these characters are greatly effected by the use of drugs and alcohol.

I would recommend this book to any middle school level reader who wants to read something realistic. It is also nice to read because it is from a different time period and gives you a different taste of reading. I enjoyed the book overall.
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" I took me a while to connect to the story and the characters, but once I did I was hooked! Another amazing story by S.E Hinton that is as heartbreaking as it is realistic. " said.

" I don't know... I kind of feel like I wasted my time reading this. " said.

" "Aí comecei a pensar nas pessoas com quem eu poderia mesmo contar e não consegui pensar em ninguém, mas não achei isso tão deprimente quanto parece".

Susan tem um estilo de escrita muito característico e consegue nos transportar, exatamente, para os cenários descritos. Nos faz imergir dentro das páginas e viver a história do jeito que ela imaginou. E isso é o que mais me cativa em seus trabalhos.

Não há como comparar suas obras, pois todas seguem pela mesma linha e giram em torno do mesmo universo - uma realidade que a autora viu de perto e por isso fala com tanta propriedade. Uma juventude, numa época em que as gangues estavam se dissolvendo e as drogas tomando conta, que difere em muito daquelas que vimos nos cinemas, de crianças (em sua maioria) e adolescentes que encontraram na violência uma resposta, uma saída, uma forma de fugir ou de encarar a realidade dura que viviam. Acredito que a autora tenta mostrar, exatamente, esse ponto de vista - o que é a violência para esses jovens, senão tudo o que possuem na vida?

O livro é leve, a narrativa é fluída e passa rápido. Apesar do final ter sido muito "aberto", acho que passou a mensagem que deveria. Ficou aquela sensação de vazio e olhos marejados, pois a história me veio na hora certa.

"Aprendi isso. Aprendi que se você quiser chegar a algum lugar, você tem que se decidir e dar um duro danado até chegar lá. Se você quer fazer alguma coisa na vida, só tem que trabalhar até conseguir"
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" She never gets old. Even though this book was written in the 70's still classic to this day! " said.

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