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Fighting Ruben Wolfe (Wolfe Brothers #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,332 ratings  ·  216 reviews
It's the difference between being a winner and being a fighter...

Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are brothers from a family clinging to the ragged edge of the working class. Initially to make some money, the boys hook up with a sleazy fight promoter who sees something marketable and audience-pleasing in the untrained brothers' vulnerability.

So they hide the boxing from their long
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Push (first published April 1st 2000)
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So, I'm convinced that Markus Zusak could write an entire novel about mashed potatoes or asphalt and it would be brilliant. I also know that there is surely no other writer on the planet that could make me give a book about two boxing brothers 5 stars and hate that I've finished it so quickly!

This book is about two things that I know very little about.

Brothers & Boxing.

So, I thought maybe I'd sort of float through it. Large font, little over 200 pages... an overnight shift... no biggie.


Markus, I'm sorry I gave you such little credit. What was I thinking? I'd read I Am the Messenger. I bawled over The Book Thief. So, why was I so surprised by this? Maybe because I didn't want to believe that someone so young could deliver like this from the get-go.

Again, sorry about tha

Or rather, I have just read y' and I love y'.


Before I even read the book, I decided this cover was perfect and ordered it from a UK seller. Colored hoodies FTW.
Христо Блажев
Да се биеш с Рубен Улф, да се бориш със себе си:

“Да се биеш с Рубен Улф” е книга за братската обич и братското съперничество. Те си вървят заедно и са неизбежни – и Маркъс Зюсак е направил невъзможното: описал ги е с толкова топлота, че прочетох книгата на един дъх, а не исках да свършва. Да, първата част от трилогията – “Аутсайдерът” – беше приятна, но нищо особено, но тази втора част изведнъж скочи в дълбокото и без колебание ѝ давам 5 звезди, което по
While not his best work, by the end Zusak found that prose I so love and the characters became the ones I love in Getting the Girl. It gave me my Zusak fix.
Shirley Marr
I enjoyed Markus Zusak's first novel The Underdog sufficiently enough to give this sequel, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, a go. I liked The Underdog. I love Fighting Ruben Wolfe! What a difference one novel makes. The Underdog was strong in character, prose and theme, but Fighting Ruben Wolfe ups the ante with a stronger structure and a fully realised plot. This gritty, feelgood novel about two boxing brothers and a family of "battlers" made me glow on the inside and want to laugh, cry and smile maniacal ...more

I love this book. I have more things to say over here
Gabriela Kozhuharova

Когато прочетеш една книга за два часа и после ти отнеме две седмици да напишеш ревю за нея, разбираш, че си попаднал на нещо наистина специално. Маркъс Зюсак е известен с това, че умее да поднася сърцераздирателна магия с романите си, но, честно казано, не очаквах „Да се биеш с Рубен Улф“ (изд. „Пергамент Прес“) да ми въздейства така.

Чела съм Fighting Ruben Wolfe на английски преди доста време, без да знам, че е част от трилогия. Не съм и предполагала, че
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
So I'm still making my way through Underdogs (which is a collection of all three books in this series), and I plan on writing a review of the trilogy as a whole once I'm done (which I will link to in this review, once I've done that).

I finished Fighting Ruben Wolfe yesterday, which is the second book in the series, and I thought it was a big improvement in comparison to book one. While book one was well-written and still kept me interested, it didn't have a lot going on in terms of plot or confl
adri patamoma
são pouquíssimas as vezes em que, ao ler algo, penso: 'puxa vida, queria escrever assim'! mas é exatamente isso que acontece quando leio algo do zusak. ele sabe contar uma história como ninguém, e tem umas sacadas muito geniais sobre como abordar os assuntos, os acontecimentos, e os personagens. adoro sempre! preciso reler outros livros dele, aliás! é sempre uma delícia ler as coisas do markus. este livro só não ganha 5 estrelas porque é curtinho demais -- não deu pra chegar nem perto de satisfa ...more
Audrey (holes In My brain)
I picked this book up because of the author, Markus Zusak, who wrote The Book Thief, which is written incredibly well.

Fighting Ruben Wolfe is above all, a story of brothers. Cameron Wolfe is the younger, shy boy with all the heart and cares about everything. He loves his brother, he's tough like a survivor, he'll get back up after getting beat down. Ruben Wolfe is the tough one, the one doing the beating up, the one with a perfect record, who can drop anyone. The bond of brotherhood between them
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
The fantastic Mr. Zusak is back, with a long-awaited UK reprint of his early novel Fighting Ruben Wolfe, which was first published in Australia in the year 2000. It's not quite in the same league as The Book Thief, but his excellent writing and characterisation still shines through in true Zusak style.

Brothers Cameron and Ruben Wolfe head up this gritty tale of family and fighting, and show just what determination and a sense of pride can achieve. When their father loses his job and starts strug
"Fighting Ruben Wolfe" is a story of two brothers who struggle to fight for their family, pride, and identity. The Wolfe brothers, Rube and Cameron, are fed up with their life's struggles. Their father has been physically damaged, and he is out of a job. Rube and Cameron are determined to find a way to support their family. When the two meet a fight promoter, they are told they can make extra money by fighting in boxing matches. But the matches are the toughest thing the two brothers have faced. ...more
Zusak never dissapoints me, there is something about his work that makes feel free. His books are wild and young and reckless. It is magic! His writing is simple but filled with feelings you couldnt really try and describe, yet he does an excellent job. When I read his books, specially Fighting Ruben Wolfe, I feel like Everything is perfect!, I mean, yeah, those boys theirselves are not perfect and the book proves that life itself is not perfect but that doesnt really matter. It is everything wh ...more
"She smiles pretty, and in that split second, I forget. I forget about Perry Cole and all those future punches. It makes me wonder, Do we spend most of our days trying to remember or forget things? Do we spend most of our time running toward or away from our lives? I don't know."

So wonders Cameron Wolfe, the big-hearted, tender protagonist of Fighting Ruben Wolfe. Passages like the one above--full of a quiet sort of wisdom, almost a ache to it--aren't uncommon in this book. They're plentiful, si
Sara ♥
I liked the book quite a lot. Probably in the 3.5 star range. I didn't bump it up to 4 stars because it just didn't draw me in like I Am the Messenger did. Maybe it's not fair to compare the two, since this was Markus Zusak's first book (meaning that it makes sense that the later books would be better), but there it is!

I think the book was just... too short! It felt like a flushed-out outline. The storyline was there, but it was missing substance... I wanted more details about the boys... more i
Sam Woods
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I didn't love it, but I still enjoyed reading it, and it certainly wasn't a chore finishing it. An easy read. I loved the relationship between the two brothers, and the simplicity of the story. I don't think I will bother reading the first and third books of the series at this stage, but perhaps later on.
Daniel Taylor
A few years back, I saw Markus Zusak speak at Adelaide Writer's Week. He was so likeable that I desperately wanted to like this book, the first of his I've read. At first his style grated, but by 50 pages in I loved it. The book finished with a punch.
If you haven't read the first book of the series, I highly suggest you read it NOW.
It's actually not a big deal, this book stands fine on its own.

Zusak has integrated the things that were perfect in the first book (characters, writing style, word choice, etc) and also shaped the imperfect things into more beautiful creations: mainly, the plot.

There actually is a solid plot in this book.
Another thing?
the book is even more metaphorical and symbolic than the first book. If that's even possible.

Yvette Adams
I almost didn't read this because I didn't like the first in the trilogy (could be because I could only get that in audio book). Wow, I'm so glad I decided to read this! What a little gem. Markus Zusak is a genius. A poet. The relationship between the two main characters is so beautiful. Boy I loved this.
Dec 28, 2008 Kevin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Markus Zusak
Recommended to Kevin by: The Book Thief
I read this because I was so amazed with The Book Thief. Was I "so amazed" with Fighting Ruben Wolfe? No.

It was a good book. I liked it. But I wasn't so amazed. I read the book in about 3 days, but it reads fast enough that it could be done in a 3 hour sitting. I don't feel like the story was evolved enough. I never got to know the characters well enough to care about their fighting. It almost just feels like Zusak walked in with a 400 page book, and was told to cut 200 pages out of it.

It's no
Muhammad Ahmed Siddiqui
not much to offer here as well .. draggy and amateur-ISH
This is the second book in the Wolfe Brothers series. I think the writing is tighter than in The Underdog. Their father is out of work due to an on-the-job injury and the boys see their family struggling. They are teens searching for their place within their family and in the world. When Rube gets in a fight to defend his older sister's honor, his success draws the attention of a shady character named Perry who involves them in illegal boxing matches for money. Rube is hugely successful, earning ...more
Zusak's writing, as usual, is beautiful perfection. I almost didn't read this one... Judging a book by its cover... But I'm so glad I did! I never thought a book about fighting would make me laugh out loud and cry like a baby. But it really hit home for me, as a mom of 2 boys, I hope my boys share the love and brotherly loyalty that the Wolfe boys did. Loved this book!
I didn't think I would be very interested in reading a book about boxing, but I think Markus Zusak could write about any subject and I'd love it. His writing in this book was very poetic. I didn't realize I had picked up the second book first, but it worked well as a stand-alone novel. It is a quick read and a lovely story about brothers and families.
As a massive "Book Thief" fan, I was looking forward to reading one of Zusak's earlier books. I was disappointed in Fighting Rube Wolfe. Although Zusak's customary free-flowing language is spot-on again and glides you through the book, I found it as a story unoriginal and cliched.
This was my favorite of the three Wolfe brothers series. It was teenage angst with more outward compassion for others than I usually see in books about teenagers. I must admit my favorite character is Miffy the dog.
As a new high school librarian in 2003, this was one of my favorite and first books to read. This book started me as a Markus Zusak fan. In re-reading it again for the 2014 Hub Challenge, this book of two Australian brothers who fight to make money to help out their father with his finances is still a winner of family dysfunction, sibling rivalry, and the tough life of the Wolfe brothers. Ruben is a natural at fighting, wins all the girls, and has no fear. Cameron, the younger brother, is sensit ...more
Eliana Olivera
4.5 No se, me encariñe tanto con Cam.

“It's funny, don't you think, how time seems to do a lot of things? It flies, it tells, and worst of all, it runs out.”
Donna Siebold
Ruben and Cameron Wolfe go into boxing, in part, to earn money to help their financially strapped family. But finances are just one of the reasons they start fighting. Ruben is a natural, he goes into the ring sure he cannot be beaten. Cameron has heart, you can knock him down, but he will always get up and keep on fighting. It turns out they don't use their earnings to help their family and Cameron begins questioning all of Ruben's motives for fighting. He seems to be changing markedly. The tit ...more
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Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief , which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent a total of 375 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there eight years after it first came out.

His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wol
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Other Books in the Series

Wolfe Brothers (3 books)
  • Underdog (Wolfe Brothers, #1)
  • Getting the Girl (Wolfe Brothers, #3)
The Book Thief I Am the Messenger Getting the Girl (Wolfe Brothers, #3) Underdog (Wolfe Brothers, #1) Underdogs (Wolfe Brothers, #1-3)

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“It's funny, don't you think, how time seems to do a lot of things? It flies, it tells, and worst of all, it runs out.” 99 likes
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