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Easygoing, thoughtless, and direct, Tex at fifteen likes everyone and everything, especially his horse, Negrito, and Johnny Collins's blue-eyed sister, Jamie. He thinks life with his seventeen-year-old brother, Mason, in their ramshackle house would be just about perfect if only Mace would stop complaining about Pop. Pop hasn't been home in five months. Mace wants to get o ...more
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Published May 1st 1995 by Alfaguara (first published January 1st 1979)
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Aug 14, 2007 z rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
My favorite S.E. Hinton book. Yes I prefer this to the Outsiders.
The best Hinton title, IMHO. And that Matt Dillon cover sure don't hurt!
Humberto Cnca
The book Tex was an incredible book. It has a mix of everything. From drugs and fights to love and family problems you'd be amazed at how much one person faces in his teen years of life. This book involved the characters Tex, Mace, Lem, Pop, Jonny, Jamie, and Cole. The plot was about Tex and him going through his 14th year. Tex starts learning things about his life and other friends like Jonny, Lem, and Jammie. He discovers a few things that his brother Mace and his Pop never wanted him to know ...more
Jan 03, 2012 jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, yaf
I picked this up when I breezed through the YAF section of the library looking for easy books to hit my 2011 reading goal. (I was successful, by the way, thanks to Tex.) I've read The Outsiders, and I grew up in Oklahoma, but I have never really gotten into S.E. Hinton's body of work. I think that should probably change, though. There is something about her teenage boys that really speaks to my heart. Anyway, if you emotionally respond to the rough and tumble hardships and adventures of handsome ...more
Carl Koch
I read "Tex" by S.E. Hinton. It was about a boy, Tex, in his teenage years. He loses his horse because they are low on money, his mother dies, his father is always gone, and to top it off he finds out that Pop isn't even his real dad. Tex's brother, Mace, has been like his father for as long as he can remember. Mace is a star basketball player who wants nothing more than to leave. Throughout the book Tex falls in love, gets into a lot of trouble, and even gets shot at a drug deal. I didn't enjoy ...more
PLOT: The story starts out with Tex riding his horse through a field. He gets home with the horse and goes to school. Then after school Tex goes home to ride his horse and his brother, Mason, sold both horses and gets into a fight with Tex. Mason ended up punching Tex in the face. The next day Tex goes to school and everyone asked him what happened, he never told them. Then a couple days later Tex and Mason go to the doctor’s office to get checked out. Mason found out that he has an ulcer. Then ...more
A.M. Torres
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Tex was a happy, attractive, tall, handsome, teenager who loved to ride horses. Mason Tex's brother was a basketball player and provided for them. Johnny spoiled teenager also Tex's best friend. Jamie was the girl who Tex had a crush on.
Tex's father has been gone for a long time and "forgot" to send money home to take care of Tex and Mason. Mason has to sell Tex's horse Negrito because he needs the money to take care of them and he knows the horses would have died over the winter anyways. Tex
Jake Sprenger
The book Tex is a pretty good book overall. It takes place somewhere in the late 20th century in a small town. The main character, Tex, is a 15 year old that has some pretty bad luck. He lives in a small house with his older, basketball star, brother, Mason. They are almost more of a father and son because Mason is always bossing Tex around. Tex has one love and that is riding horses. But, when Mason sells his horse, Negrito, is when the book takes a turn.

After Negrito is sold, Tex becomes more
I quite enjoyed this. Far more than Rumble Fish, and I think even a bit more than That Was Then, This is Now. Of course, it doesn't measure up to The Outsiders. But that's because nothing ever will.

I really loved Tex's relationship with Mason, and I sort of liked seeing them as Ponyboy and Darry: the demented, backwards versions. It's obvious that Hinton has certain relationships and themes she likes to play on, but that's okay, because they're themes I like. I loved the Collins family, includin
S.E. Hinton might be my favorite Young Adult author. Her books definitely share commonalities in style and character, but they're always gripping to the end and full of terrifying emotions. This book was different from the ones I've read before in that it took place outside the city. But the characters were set up in a similar fashion--poor and nearly parentless. This one didn't have a clear plot, but like Rumble Fish, it followed a series of events that mounted on each other to deliver a crash ...more
Kya Aliana
Tex is an amazing story... just another one of S.E. Hinton's classics. It's a story of the love between two brothers, and the strife they go through without their parents. Their mother died and their father is barely home, seeing as he's a rodeo star.
For the most part, they do really well, but when times get tight, the troubles roll in and their last buck can't buy a lucky break.
This is an incredible tale of love, compassion, hard times, and working together to work things out. It's so real, it
Stinkerbelle Stormborn
I'm only giving it 4 stars because I think S.E. Hinton can really show most of the contemporary young-adult writers how to spin a story in this genre.

Most of her stories follow pretty much the same pattern - teen boys from not very well-to-do families getting in trouble, possibly a crush on a girl somewhere around in the novel. But she just knows how to deliver it in a way that would not bore you to tears. What I like about her is that her stories are completely realistically written without any
"Did you ever think that all those people in those cars have a whole separate story to them, that it's just as important to them as our stuff is to us, and we don't know anything about it. Maybe sometime we'll run across somebody and two years ago they were driving past us on the highway and we never knew it. Like sometimes we meet people an bump off of them and never see them again and we never know why paths cross."

I really REALLY liked this book. How much I liked it surprised me. I guess I sh
Considering the fact that the Outsiders has been one of my favorite books for almost 20 years, it's practically shameful that I've only recently started reading Hinton's other books. Maybe I have the same feeling as Tex-amazement that a person can write more than one book. Anyway, I'm glad I finally read this one. S.E. Hinton is amazing. The way she captures the teenage mind without making you hate the people she's writing about is pretty amazing. I love Tex and his brother Mason. Very different ...more
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Jessica Hart
Tex by S.E. Hinton

I really liked this book by S.E. Hinton! It was so full of adventure in every chapter! One chapter would make you happy, one would make you sad and others would make you mad! The author did very well with keeping it interesting. I would definitely read another S.E. Hinton book sometime.

I was recommended the book by my teacher and I've read other S.E. Hinton books so I was happy to start reading it. It isn't just the story of Tex's life it's also the emotions he goes through
Allison Will
Tex and Mason McCormick were basically abandoned by their father and left to care for themselves. Tex and his friend Johnny start getting into trouble and then Tex even falls for Johnny's sister Jamie. When Mason gets an ulcer he is forced to sell Johnny's horse Negrito so they can pay for the bills, and everything goes downhill from there. They run into a lot of different misfortunes and things change for them.

Tex was really well written and had a lot of different plot twists that I really enj
Sarai Mascorro
The book I read was Tex by S.E Hinton .The reason why I choose this book is that the book has the same authors and because she wrote the book. This book is teen fiction that tells a story about a boy named Tex that he always finds a way to get in trouble easily. And he is always there for his family and friends. My favorite part of the book is when Tex tries to show off in front of the school by following the orders of a popular jock that made a rumor that he jumped off a cliff with his motor cy ...more
Michael Ruediger
Tex, by S.E. Hinton is a book about a poor teenager trying to find his way in Garyville, Oklahoma along with just trying to survive everyday. The book features real teenage issues such as relationships, dealing with college, alcohol and worrying about the future.

The main character, Tex, lives alone with his brother, Mace, because their mother died and their father got arrested. Tex loves horses and owns his own horse named Negrito. Tex is somewhat unaware of what is going around in his world a
Tommy Bailey
At 15 years old, Tex is the coolest kid you could ever meet. He loves everyone and everything. He gets along with everyone, especially his horse, Negrito, and Johnny Collins's blue-eyed sister, Jamie. The only thing keeping Tex from living the life that he wants is the fact that his older brother Mace won’t stop talking about their dad. Pop hasn't been home in five months. Mace wants to move away from Oklahoma because Tex just seems to bring danger around with him wherever he goes.

I would recomm
May 04, 2014 Dayna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone with a stronger stomach than my sister
I liked Tex. The kid was nice enough to me. He didn't toss me all around, and make me blindly search for a plot (ahem, Twilight). They are so real. A scatterbrained kid with a tendency for trouble, his stern and cool older brother, a mean love interest (I actually have no idea what he sees in her), a dope dealing criminal, an equally scatterbrained best friend, the list goes on and on. I've met all of them. Tex is relatable as heck. By the end of the book, he's been through the rack many times. ...more
Meghan Yardas
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S.E. Hinton
212 pages
Copyright 1979
Dell Laurel-Leaf an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Tex, short for Texas, is a reckless, in the moment kind of guy. Nothing bothers him, even when his father hasn't shown up for five months, and his older brother Mason (Mace) is becoming the sole provider for family income. Tex lives in the moment, he's innocent (for a teenager living in a ghetto), eager, and mischievous. The future is something distant for him, and its near impossible for him to
Nov 22, 2008 Keira rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE, particularly those who like YA reading
Recommended to Keira by: No one. I just found it. Before reading The Outsiders, actually.
Shelves: own
Absolutely amazing! If The Outsiders didn't exist, this book would be the love of my life. As it is, it's in a very VERY close second, lol. And, don't take my following review for it, because I write abysmal reviews. This book is INCREDIBLE.

Tex (the character) is the type of person you can see yourself in. Everyone has a little Tex in them somewhere. He's a young teenage boy living out in the middle of some small Oklahoma town with his 17 year old brother, and who's dad travels with the rodeo. T
I found the writing wooden and the characters flat. The big family surprise at the end isn't much of a shocker to anyone who reads YA fiction, although perhaps it was more scandalous in '79 when this book came out.

This book depressed me, and not because of all the depressing plot points. No, this book depressed me because the hero is going nowhere in life and isn't going to do a thing about it but continue to act up in class and possibly knock some girl up before he gets out of high school. I d
Matt Holzapfel
The book Tex by SE Hinton is about a boy named Tex McCormick who lives with his brother Mason in Oklahoma while their father is away in the rodeo. Tex is a nice kid, with a huge soft spot for Negrito, his horse whom he loves more than anything. The story picks up when Mason must sell his horse as well as Negrito in order to get money to pay the bills. This angers Tex, and he is distraught, he attempts to fight Mason, but only ends up with a welt on his head which prompts questions from his frien ...more
Hailey Busath
Tex is about a boy named...Tex. Shocker there. He lives alone with his brother Mason because their Dad went off to the rodeo five months prior and he has yet to come back. Tex only truly loves a few things in this world--one of them being his horse, Negrito. When his brother, Mason, decides to sell the horse for money, Tex is heartbroken. Tex is constantly getting into trouble with his friend, Johnny. He gets involved with selling drugs. Eventually his Dad comes back and tries to reconcile with ...more
Andrew Abrahamson

Tex is a teenage boy growing up in a rough world. His father is never home, he is part of the circuit rodeo and his mother passed away when he was young.

Tex lives with his older brother ace who is a senior in high school while tex is still in junior high. both Tex and his brother own horses but Tex really cares for his. The horses name is negritto, Negritto is Tex’s world everyday he would come home after school and brush him and pet him and ride him. Until one when Tex came home both horses
Taylor Berndt
I really liked “Tex” by S.E Hinton, it was about a boy who wants to be a cowboy. He is a worry free 14 year old who loves horses. This all starts crumbling down when his brother Mason is forced to sell Tex’s horse Nergito, The boys father is a professional cowboy who is on circuit and left the boys home alone and out of money until he comes back. Mason doesn't think that their dad is coming back. Tex is sure that he will come home and fix everything.

This book is told in first person point of v
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“Man, I didnt know anything like that was going to happen! Honest, Tex, he was on something. Holy cow! I really kid, I been doing this stuff for a year now and I never saw nobody pull a gun before! God Almighty! What if he hadnt missed!' -- Lem
'He didn't.' -- Tex
'What?' -- Lem
'I said he didn't miss. He shot me and it hurts like hell.' -- Tex”
“Mace, you never read Smoky the Cowhorse,did you?
Well,ol' Smoky, he had somebad things happen to him,had the heart knocked clean out of him.But he hung on and came out of it okay.I've been bashed up pretty good,Mason, but I'm going to make it.”
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