Book Report Rumble Fish, by S.E. Hinton

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Book Title: Rumble Fish

Author: S.E.Hinton

Number of Pages: 135

Genre: Fiction

Setting Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Time Period: Mid-1960s


Rusty James- Rusty-James is a fourteen-year-old kid who feels he can achieve any thing in life with his fists. He is the number-one tough guy among the junior high kids who hang out and shoot pool at Benny's, and he enjoys keeping up his reputation. What he wants most of all is to be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. Rusty-James confesses himself that he isn't a particularly smart person, and he relies more on his fists than his brains. Every time he gets into trouble, which he can't handle, his brother is there to help him out. Rusty-James' lack of direction, causes him to long for the days of the street gangs and his blind drive to be like his brother eat away at his world until all come apart.

Steve Hays- Steve is Rusty's best friend and he is also fourteen years old. He is kind of nerdy and cautious about everything. Him and Rusty have known each other from the cradle and that is why they are so close even though Steve is considered "uncool" by the rest of the gang. He looks like he is twelve years old and he acts as if he is forty.

Plot Summary

A 14-year-old boy, Rusty-James meets up with his childhood friend Steve Hays. Together they discuss and recall their adventures and crazy childhood. It starts off with Rusty playing pool at Benny's when he hears that Biff Wilcox, a tuff gangster wants to kill him because he swore at Biff's girlfriend. Rusty acts real cool about it and pretends not to care. He goes to Patty's house, his girlfriend, and she pleads him not to fight...