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text 2016-02-05 20:22
This book is Rad!!!
Rumble Fish - S.E. Hinton

So before I started reading Rumble Fish, I read a book called That Was Then This Is Now; it is from the same author. I really liked That Was Then This Is Now  because it kinda related to my life. I am exited to read Rumble Fish because I want to have the same exact experience that I had with the first book I read.

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review 2015-09-15 13:00
Rumble Tumble by Joe R. Lansdale
Rumble Tumble - Joe R. Lansdale

GR Cleanup Read in 2011

 

Hap and Leonard, the two unlikeliest pair of best buds I’ve ever met in fiction, are back for another violent adventure filled with unexpected twists, lots of blood and gushy gore and enough offensive jokes to offend just about everyone. But that’s why we love ‘em.

Hap’s contemplating getting serious with his girl Brett but is living with Leonard and getting on his last nerve. But before the two can hurt each other, a midget named Red shows up and informs them he was the former pimp of Brett’s grown daughter Tillie who has fallen in with some shifty characters and wants out. Naturally, Hap and Leonard, always ready for violent mayhem, arm up and dive head first into their latest bloody adventure, meeting many new colorful characters, most with a long-winded hilarious story, along the way.

This is a Hap and Leonard novel and if you’ve ever read one you pretty much know you’re in for a lot of laughs and a plot that keeps spinning in directions you couldn’t predict if you tried. This one won’t disappoint. It made me laugh, despite (or because of) its moments of pure lunacy and potty humor, and kept me guessing.

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review 2015-09-01 20:35
Rumble Fish by S.E Hinton
Rumble Fish - S.E. Hinton

Ever since I read Outsiders last week, I’ve been trying to get my hands on any S.E Hinton that I can. This is the one that I managed to get a hold of first and even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Outsiders, for a 78 page book, it was pretty immersive.

 

Told from the perspective of Rusty-James, a high-school aged boy who idolises his brother, nicknamed Motorcycle Boy, we first meet him when he bumps into an old friend. This old friend, Steve, triggers some memories in Rusty-James, and it’s from there that we learn of a series of incidents involving the latter and his brother.

 

This book followed a similar vein to The Outsiders and encompassed many of the same themes to be found there, such as inner-city life, its challenges, what it looks and feels like for teenagers and how they deal with it. Unlike The Outsiders which was more wide-spanning, this book was quite contained in the fact that it focused on two central characters, making it feel slightly claustrophobic but at the same time more representative of the atmosphere. It gave me the deep chill that reality often does when I’m really seeing it, so in that way it was more realistic than The Outsiders.

 

A focal point here was identity and how that doesn’t always relate to circumstance. It felt a little surreal at times, but definitely had the desired effect.

 

One of Hinton’s great strengths is her ability to enter the minds of her characters. Although Rusty-James was a bit of narcissist and Motorcyle-Boy a bit strange, meaning that I couldn’t really connect with them, I still appreciated their understanding of the world.

 

There’s some tension here. Not a lot, but enough to sustain a mere 78 pages.

 

Definitely recommended for those of you that enjoy YA fiction that’s a bit gritty.

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review 2015-07-24 00:43
Rumble
Rumble - Ellen Hopkins

Rumble

 

Ellen Hopkins, 2014

 

Matthew Turner wasn't sure he believed in God even before his younger brother was bullied into suicide by the supposedly-Christian kids at school. But Matt can't put all the blame on the other kids at school, or his bigoted sports-obsessed father, or even God - he knows that a good portion of the blame falls on himself. The only thing keeping him sane is his girlfriend, Hayden. But when a secret comes out that throws everything Matt thought he knew into question, his life comes crashing apart, and he realizes that he needs to find a way to not only to ask forgiveness, but also a way to move on. 

 

 

Okay, not my best summary, but I tried to do it without giving away the major plot point that the book jacket does. 

 

I adore Ellen Hopkins. Despite the fact that her books are always completely depressing and don't usually end well for the main characters, I find her stories completely intriguing. I was also pretty wary of novels in verse before I started reading hers, but I love the way that she writes so much that the books being in verse is a complete non-issue. [Also, I like to point out that the books are written in verse so that the often 500-plus pages that her books clock in at don't seem as daunting.]

 

I was a little wary with this book being about religion, because a lot of authors could have taken this issue and gone either very preachy or very anti-religion. Hopkins managed to have an atheist protagonist and a Christian antagonist, while still not coming down completely on one side or the other. She made it easy to hate a lot of the Christian characters without hating the idea of God. This is an important issue for me, personally, because it bothers me when people - Christians and non-believers alike - put out the idea that all Christians are intolerant. As someone who believes in God and identifies generally with the Christian faith, but who also believes that being gay is not a sin, it's refreshing to read a book that can address this issue with a little bit of grace.

 

I know that some reviewers have hard a hard time with Matthew as the sole narrator. Hopkins often uses two or more narrators in her books, so having one narrator only is a bit of a departure and - as one reviewer I often read noted - the kind of narrators that Hopkins usually writes can be a little hard to take for the whole 500-plus pages without some kind of a break. Matthew is no exception. He's a very angry individual, and while I didn't hate him, I did often find some of his choices and the way he lashed out at certain people to be very off-putting. But while I didn't always love him or agree with where he was coming from, I found his voice to be pretty realistic for a character his age going through what he was going through. I completely believed that someone dealing with his same issues would come out of the situation that angry with the world. So while I understand where the other reviewers were coming from, I actually liked hearing Matthew's voice throughout the story. 

 

Overall, I thought that this was a very well-written book that deals with the issues of religion and teen suicide in a realistic and competent way. I find that Hopkins writes teens very well and is good at writing about teen issues in a way that I think would make this audience think but also well enough that it would make them want to pick up the book in the first place. This book is no exception. I'll definitely be reading more of her books in the near future - in fact, I've decided to go on a bit of a Hopkins binge over the next month or so - so more reviews to come. If you've never read Hopkins, I'm not sure I would start with this one - I'd probably recommend Crank for your first - but this book is definitely worth a read. 

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review 2015-05-19 21:08
Rumble
Rumble - Ellen Hopkins

I love Ellen Hopkins. She’s an amazing poet. Her novels-in-verse are so unique, and she doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. Rumble confronts the issues of bullying, suicide, mental illness, religion, and homophobia.

 

Eighteen-year-old Matt loses faith in everything when his younger brother commits suicide. It takes a near-death experience and a few unexplainable events for Matt to start trusting the people in his life again.

 

I’m a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins’s work, but I didn’t like this book as much as her others. The plot seems a bit directionless at times, and the poems aren’t as varied as the ones in some of her other books. I also think that the secondary characters could have used more development. There are a lot of minor characters, and the reader doesn’t get to know them very well. A few times I found myself going, “Wait, who is that again?”

 

I had a hard time connecting with Matt at first. In the beginning of the book, he’s whiny and melodramatic, but I grew to like him as the story progressed. He’s complex and has a great sense of humor. He also has some serious problems, but he’s not completely loathsome. I love how much my opinion of him changed over the course of the story. I didn’t know that was possible.

 

I also love how the author handles religion. Matt is an atheist, but most of the people in his life are Christians. Instead of vilifying one side or the other, the story encourages readers to be open-minded and not cling to absolutes (all that ‘I’m right and you’re wrong’ stuff). The characters learn tolerance, forgiveness, and understanding. The book is worth reading just for that.

 

Rumble isn’t Ellen Hopkins’s strongest novel, but I still enjoyed it.

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