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3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,649 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
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 really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
My favorite S.E. Hinton book. Yes I prefer this to the Outsiders.
Jan 13, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
The best Hinton title, IMHO. And that Matt Dillon cover sure don't hurt!
Humberto Cnca
Oct 31, 2008 Humberto Cnca rated it it was amazing
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 liked it
Shelves: yaf, 2011
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
Nov 21, 2014 Carl Koch rated it really liked it
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Mar 23, 2015 Andy rated it liked it
I read the book “Tex” by S.E. Hinton. I thought this was a good book and one of S.E. Hinton’s better books. I liked how this book had ups and downs and it just kept me guessing what would happen next. I would consider reading this book again I thought it was that good. All around I would say this was a great book.

This book started off with Tex just living a normal life as a young man. He lived at home with his brother who cared and provided for him. Tex and his brother had a gang of friends. Ev
Jan 22, 2015 Eleanor rated it it was amazing
One of my old time Favourites!
William Young
Jan 05, 2015 William Young rated it really liked it
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John Jorgensen
May 28, 2015 John Jorgensen rated it really liked it

Personal Response: I personally liked reading this book. I thought it was a really inspirational book to read. The storyline spoke to me like no other book I've read before. Along with the general storyline, the way of life depicted in this book, was a simple, but hard working way of life. Working hard can be a good way to impress bosses, or those in charge. Proving that no matter the situation, working really hard can be a good way to be in control of things.

PLOT: The story started out with Te
Jan 20, 2015 Jared rated it it was amazing
I read the book "Tex" by S.E. Hinton. I thought the book was very good. I especially liked was how throughout the book you could see how Tex was maturing and changing whether it be about the choices he made, or how he fell in love with a girl. She was not just any girl, she was his best friend's sister, which made things a little awkward. All in all, the book was very good. It kept me wanting more, with all the little things that popped up to cause drama and threw them all for a loop.

The main c
Regino Leon
Jan 13, 2015 Regino Leon rated it really liked it
Personally, this is one of the best books that I have read, and that's coming from a guy who reads rarely unless I'm really interested. They found a way to capture my attention minutes after reading it. This book also held that attention up until the very end.

Tex is fifteen and lives with his older brother, Mason, in a broken-down house; but it wasn't always like this. Their father used to live with them until he left for the rodeo, but never came back. After selling Negrito (Tex’s horse), Tex
May 29, 2015 Bailey added it
I liked this book because it was easy to read and it kept my interest so I would keep reading it. The book begins with Tex and his horse riding through the fields. He puts the horse away and goes off to school, when he comes home he discovers that his brother has sold the horses so they would have enough money for food all winter. Tex doesn’t know how to handle the loss of his horse. Next Tex discovers that he is not a full brother to Mason. He finds out that his mom had an affair when his dad w ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Hunter rated it really liked it

The book "Tex" by S.E. Hinton, is a story about a boy who grew up in Oklahoma. He grew up on a farm with his mother and father and brother Mason. His mother died when he was young and his father was always on the road and never at home. Tex loves riding horses and he has one of his own named Negrito that he loves. Mason and Tex start having a lot of bills come in but, they are running out of money to pay for them. Mason has to sell Negrito to pay for all the bills that are coming in. He doesn't
May 21, 2014 Orry rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2011 A.M. Torres rated it really liked it
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Oct 17, 2011 08taylorr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reports
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
Sep 23, 2013 Jake Sprenger rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2012 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2011 Jacki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Julian Mirano
Mar 05, 2015 Julian Mirano rated it liked it
Hinton releases powerful questions to a young audience. Should I stay, or should I leave? Am I inherently bad? Can I escape misconception? Is love enough? The protagonist leaps over these questions, never staying long enough. His brother, the far more interesting of the characters, sinks beneath these questions. Yet the beauty in the book seems to come with Texas' revelation at the end that amidst all these enigmas, there may just never be any answers. Gentle nihilism for the young adult.
Kya Aliana
Apr 23, 2012 Kya Aliana rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 02, 2015 Noah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
A story about small town boys getting into trouble. I may have enjoyed it much more 10 or 15 years ago, but at this point, it`s just ok. I guess it`s difficult hearing a story told from a fifteen year old boy`s point of view when you`re no longer 15. Not a bad read, but I would recommend it more for middle or high schoolers. ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Dylan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jun 27, 2013 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-books
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
Apr 09, 2015 Tabitha rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I read Tex, but I remember it because it's Amazing. Tex is a boy with a broken family. His mother is gone and his father might as well be. His older brother, Mason, does his best to take care of Tex but he wants to get out of there. Mason is mad at their father because he leaves them on their own, often forgetting to send money to them.

Mason has to sell their horses and doesn't tell Tex. Tex is devastated. Riding his horse was his outlet and is the match. Tex's life spi
Ally Basch
The novel “Tex” by S.E Hinton was an absolutely amazing book. It’s written about these two boys in high school waiting for their dad to come home. They don’t know if he will ever come back. They live in a small town outside of the city it shows how life can be without a father. Mason (Tex’s older brother and star basketball player) has to look over Tex. Him and Tex learn to deal with the hardships in life but they have their best friends to help them. Overall the book was well written and defini ...more
Haley Leavitt
Dec 11, 2015 Haley Leavitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-13-25
With the influence of his father constantly touring with rodeos, Tex had a deep love for horses. Unfortunately, life takes a turn for the worse, money runs short, and this love is crushed. Mason, Tex's older brother, realizes extremes need to be taken in order to be in a decent living condition. However, events including drugs, alcohol, and violence constantly occur, and Tex feels the hard hit of reality, literally. Eventually, with a lot of work, these problems begin to be resolved and differen ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
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Jessica Hart
Mar 28, 2014 Jessica Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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