Rusty-James wants to be just like his big brother, the Motorcycle Boy. He wants to be the toughest streetfighter on this side of the city, to keep his cool when things get dangerous, and to laugh when gang members challenge him to fight. Rusty-James isn't book-smart; he depends on his fists more often than his brains. So far, the Motorcycle Boy has bailed him out when his fists have gotten him into trouble.
But one night when Rusty-James ventures out of his neighborhood turf, his world is shattered by an explosive chain of events. And this time, the Motorcycle Boy isn't around to pick up the pieces.
©1975 S. E. Hinton (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
While Rumble Fish isn't my favorite SE Hinton book it is one I have enjoyed since childhood. The story is not your usual coming of age tale and Hinton write her characters quite well. You can easily relate in some way or another to Rusty James and his odd relationship with his brother 'the Motorcycle Boy'.
I think that the choice of Tom Stechschulte as performer for this audio was pretty far off base. This story is told from the viewpoint of a 14yo boy and Stechschulte has a much older voice. Also, his halting speech and oddly timed breaks in the middle of sentences throws the story off quite a bit. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it as much as I once did were it more appropriately cast.
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