What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that many teenagers and reluctant readers recognize and appreciate this realistically written story of a kid with no hope, living in a world of violence where only the tough survive.
What's the story?
Fourteen-year old Rusty-James reigns as the toughest kid in his rough, depressed neighborhood. He worships his older brother, who was the leader of a gang. But his brother drifts aimlessly, and Rusty-James lives only for the excitement of fighting. A realistic, engrossing portrait of a kid with no talents and no future. Great for reluctant readers.
Is it any good?
Readers who enjoyed S.E. Hinton's much-loved The Outsiders usually want to read the rest of her books -- and RUMBLE FISH stands as one of her best efforts. 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. Readers experience Rusty-James's dangerous life, but they also see more.
Hinton reveals what brought Rusty-James to his status as juvenile delinquent. Rusty-James, despite his thoroughly deserved status as a bad boy and a thief, nevertheless comes across as a recognizable and sympathetic character. His toughness raises him above his peers, and his joyful acceptance of his apparently miserable life allows us to accept him. This is an impressive effort from the woman who virtually created the young-adult genre.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about self-image.
Is Rusty-James as "dumb" as he thinks he is?