I really loved this book. It's a classic S.E. Hinton novel. Her stories are touching, moving, and bring out your inner emotions to make you feel inspired. Her books make me want to reach out and help another, struggling with some kind of burden. As you read "Rumblefish", you will begin to notice that our world isn't as perfect as it seems, and you can't help but shed a small tear."Rumblefish" is about a 14 year old small town boy named Rusty-James. Everyone sees him as the toughest kid in town, for he's always wanting to pick fights and act cool. He smokes, drinks, and cheats people out of there moneyl. He's basically the town's very own delinquent. When he's not out stealing from convenience stores or jumping some poor kid off the street, he's either at his girlfriend, Patty's, house, or at home, waiting for his drunk of a father to return from the bar. He doesn't have a mother (she ran away when he was very young), and he doesn't exactly have the potential to lead out a good life. As you get deeper into the book, you'll realize that Rusty's biggest set back is his older, tough cooler brother. No one knows his real name, so they all call him "The Motorcycle Boy." He tells Rusty stories of when there used to be gangs in the good old days, how everyone belonged to one and there were the "Greasers" and the "Socs". Rusty tries so hard to be like his older brother that he, in turn, loses sight of who he really is. One of the most admirable things about Hinton's novel, "Rumblefish", was that it had real character and reality to it. It was blunt and to the point, which is perfect. It shows how real life was back in the 60's or 70's, and it just makes you think of how much our world has changed since then. Think about; today you don't just jump everyone you see, and there are far more laws and policies about bullying now than back then. Back then, if you got called "gay" or "fat", there just weren't the same disciplinary actions as there are today against that type of harassment. it gives you a real view of now vs. then (which is ironic because an other one of Hinton's great novels is "That was Then, This is Now")I rated this book a 4/5 because, all though it was an exemplary novel, it had a few kinks in it, so I deducted a point. One of these so called "kinks" was that i thought she could have described the characters a tad bit more. instead of getting a true, cinema-like picture buzzing through my head, i got kind of a blurred vision, with a blank background. when there was a lot of action going on, it started to get confusing. i really think it would of helped if Hinton spent a little more time and gave the characters morecomplex personalities that created a real image inside my head.Another thing that is really notable about "Rumblefish" is that Hinton left the ending kind of open. In my opinion, this is wonderful! It had just the right amount of closure to end well, but she left you with a job. When you finish the book, you think to yourself "What happens next?" But its that kind of question you can answer yourself, even though the author never stated anything indubitable or sure about it. That is the real magic of this book. You read the whole thing and then, YOU, the reader gets to decide what happens to Rusty. But really, it all depends on your perspective and what you see Rusty as.