Rate from 1-5: 3
Reason: If you read my past blog posts, I wrote about That Was Then, This Is Now , which was also by this same author. This book also in the same setting as Hinton’s other books The Outsiders and That Was Then, This Is Now. This would be her third book, and I expected a little bit more from this book. I felt confused for most part of it. This guy’s older brother is a role model to him, but he’s a bad guy. I interpreted the end as the main character, Rusty-James, as a person who doesn’t have a future and isn’t going to do anything about it. To me, the book wasn’t the best.
Summary: Rusty-James is the toughest guy in the group of high-school kids who hang out and shoot pool down 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. He wants to stay calm and laughing when things get dangerous, to be the toughest street fighter and the most respected guy on their side of the river. Rusty-James isn’t book-smart, and he knows it. He relies on his fists instead of his brains. Until now he’s gotten along all right, because whenever he gets into trouble, the Motorcycle Boy bails him out. But Rusty-James’ drive to be like his brother eats away at his world–until it all comes apart in an explosive chain of events. And this time the Motorcycle Boy isn’t around to pick up the pieces.