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Some of Tim's Stories (The Oklahoma Stories & Storytellers Series)

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Short Stories from the bestselling author of The Outsiders, plus exclusive interviews

A teenager when she first gained fame, now a seasoned writer, S. E. Hinton takes her trademark themes to a new level in Some of Tim’s Stories—fourteen original stories depicting adults trapped in lives of missed connections and opportunities. The stories in this collection merge into a l
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 26th 2007 by University of Oklahoma Press
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Apr 28, 2013 Jaki rated it did not like it
As always, please keep in mind that all reviews here are my sole personal opinion. I don’t deconstruct a book in an university essay way – I simply talk about how much or how little I enjoyed a book and if it “spoke” to me or sucked me in. What I think of a book may not be what you – or even all the critics in the world – thought of it.

Right, now I’ve got that out of the way. Read this in about an hour and a half. Yep, it’s that short. I spent more time reading the interview with S. E. Hinton in
Feb 10, 2017 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I've owned this for 8 years so it's about time I read it! I could kick myself for waiting so long! This book consists of short stories, which together form a larger story. The book is written as if written by a bartender named Tim. While taking a creative writing course, he begins writing autobiographical fiction using a character Mike to be his voice. Mike doesn't have the easiest life and has made many wrong choices along the way. Mike is very relatable, in my opinion, and I liked him alot. I ...more
Be patient with this one. "Some of Tim's Stories" is a short novel with lots of holes in it but it also has a lot of soul and the genuine importance of the story is in the spaces between the text. "Some of Tim's Stories" is a sad story about a man whose closest allies are the farthest from him and trauma is always nearby. The resolution, though, I think, is that there is peace within Mike in the ending.
Jul 28, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing
I had found this Signed! at Mr K's used book store in Asheville, NC. No account for taste, they were selling it for 2$. I really enjoyed the shorts that were in this book! I also enjoyed the interview with the author included in the version of the book I have. She is a wonderful writer and to have started so young. I was very happy when she wrote another book a few years back and I hope she continues to release these masterpieces. Don't be turned off because they are geared towards a young reade ...more
Maddy Kay :)
Mar 06, 2011 Maddy Kay :) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, mine-owned
This book is very good. Hate the language, but S.E has a way of writing, that just fascinates me. In all her books, there is always a deeper meaning to everything and she is SO talented :D
In Some of Tim's Stories, the narrative premise of this very short collection of sequential stories is not immediately apparent, but gradually makes itself known as you follow the main character, Mike, through the third-person perspective.

While Tim himself never makes an appearance and is never mentioned or referred to, his presence is felt through Mike, his on-paper doppelganger. The reader realizes that Tim is the author of these tales, and Mike is his character. In effect, S. E. Hinton write
Dec 01, 2016 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.25 of 5

I might be one of the few people on the planet who has never read S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders or Rumble Fish. I am familiar with these books, of course, but they were not part of my early reading adventures and I just haven't gotten around to reading these YA classics. But when this book, Some of Tim's Stories, became available for review I was eager to give it a read.

The book is about Terry and Mike, two men who are cou
Jul 28, 2007 Anne rated it it was ok
Growing up, The Outsiders was one of my favorite books. Like so many other kids, I just read it over and over. I also watched the movie over and over. Along with To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye, I felt like it captured so much of what it felt like to be a kid in a world that you didn't have very much control over. In middle school, I read Hinton's other novels, but never quite felt the same way about them. Then a couple years ago, I came across this collection of short stories b ...more
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Did you know that S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders has the reputation for being one of the first YA books released? And that S.E. Hinton was only 16 years old when she was first published?

Neither did I. Or I did and I forgot. The Outsiders was a huge part of my 8th grade literature class; I remember having to recite a passage in front of the room for one assignment. It’s always been one of my favorite classic reads, which is why I was inspired to take
Lawrence Perez
Jan 20, 2014 Lawrence Perez rated it liked it
"Some of Tim's stories" By. S.E. Hinton, personally I felt that this book had some interesting information in it. It was a little hard to follow and understand what the author was trying to convey because there were several flashbacks and it was hard to tell the setting and the time period each action was taking place in. It was a relatively short book, however the message was given in very short wording. I have read other books by this author such as "The Outsiders" and liked it very much.

Jun 12, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Full review on my blog.

Like many of Hinton’s books, this one deals with those who are just getting by, the edge of society and those who don’t have a better future to look forward to. When Terry and Mike decided to get involved in illegal activities, they don’t see another option for themselves. It’s the only way they can see for the world to be just and give them the money they work so hard to earn. Mike’s ideas that the universe will pay him back for what he’s done continue well after Terry’s
Kathy Cowie
Ok, I will admit right off the bat, that I will read anything S.E. Hinton writes. So I’m biased, and now you understand. Having said that, this wasn’t one of her best, but it is still a worthwhile read. I did not realize how short it was (yes, I could have found that out before I started, I just wasn’t paying attention), so it seemed like it ended just as I was really getting into it. I liked the characters – two cousins raised as brothers, who are worlds apart in their personality, despite a st ...more
T.L. Cooper
Dec 01, 2016 T.L. Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a long-time S. E. Hinton fan. I loved her early works, so I'm always eager to read her new releases. I say this because there is a possibility that influences how I read her work. Nothing she writes compares to the four YA adults she's most famous for, but some of tim's stories felt somewhat reminiscent of those early works. The stories are written in a way that links one to the other but also feels rather contained within themselves. All the way through it's an interesting and intriguing re ...more
I have to admit to trying hard to put The Outsiders out of my head when I began to read this, so I could enjoy it as a book in its own right. I thought this was a very well written book; I particularly enjoyed the format of having it written as a set of vignettes. The style fit the story very well and shared just enough new information each time to keep the story going and my interest engaged.

Although the characters were interesting, I have to admit to feeling a little detached from them at time
Apr 14, 2013 Travis rated it it was amazing
The first half of the book is comprised of short stories written by Hinton's creation and alter ego, Tim. The writing is fantastic and the only qualm I had with it was its length. That being the only problem I had with the book is simply an indictment of me wanting more of her writing and not anything she failed to do! She is such a gifted writer! I am in love with her writing!

The second half of the book is in the form of a Q&A session with Teresa Miller interviewing S. E. Hinton. This inte
Jun 02, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fiction
Being a big fan of S.E. Hinton's past novels (the Outsiders and That Was Then, This is Now, etc) I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I was not disappointed. Whilst it is different from her past works, it is indeed a wonderful book. Some of Tim's Stories is written as a series of short stories about the lives of close cousins Terry and Mike, but from Mike's viewpoint. The book starts off recounting two young boys busting to grow up so they can join their fathers on a yearly trip. It star ...more
Amy Marbach
So disappointed in this one by an author who use to be a favorite! I read The Outsiders so many times that I actually went through about four copies of the paperback! Same thing with her book Tex. This one just fell so incredibly short and flat to me.

I don't see the emotion or the connection with the characters in this one- and it felt like the characters were just shadows of people going through random spots of time! I don't know of that was as a result of the disjointed fact that these were r
Oct 22, 2012 Alejandra rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of S.E. Hinton, and so far this is on my top three favorite books.I love the way S.E. Hinton wrote little flashbacks instead of an entire life story. By adding short flashbacks she helped maintain the same mood and tone throughout the story. Not only that, but like her other books she maded it seem very realistic. Her characters seemed very tangible. In some parts, she wrote a few jokes which were very entertaining. It took me an hour or two to read this book, and I didn't but it ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Victor rated it liked it
This book wass very hard to understand for me, because the chapters have big gaps of time between them. This book was pretty short, because since it was only 75 pages. The book might end at 150, but the story really ends at the middle, because of all the questions SE Hinton had to answered. I thought it first it seem kind of boring, but as you go more, you will see all of the plots and conflicts (or "stories") that are in Tim's life. But what I thought was strange was that I thought this would b ...more
Kelsey Dangelo
Apr 06, 2015 Kelsey Dangelo rated it really liked it
S.E. Hinton takes on the narrative voice of "Tim" in order to tell a series of vignettes about Mike and Terry, cousins who's fathers were brothers and who's mothers were sisters, who's father died tragically, and who made some bad decisions, landing Terry in jail and Mike guilt-ridden. The voice is powerful, gritty, and strong. The stories are very tight, bare, and strong, like flashes of light on a life. Interesting collection of short stories, but the language and subject matter is a bit matur ...more
Lisa Gibson
May 15, 2013 Lisa Gibson rated it it was amazing
What a pleasure to again get to read a work from the author who began the Young Adult genre. S.E. Hinton is a master writer. Each of these stories was very insightful and by the end you felt as though you had a larger story overall. I loved the interview portion in back. I considered it an additional treat. S.E. Hinton's books are always timeless. In my opinion that is the mark of great writing. It can survive time and speak to generations of people and still be relevant. I'm giving this one 5 s ...more
Bob Redmond
Nov 19, 2007 Bob Redmond rated it liked it
For the first time since TEX and TAMING THE STAR RUNNER, Hinton returns to the gritty neighborhoods of Oklahoma. The stories are highly elliptical, and have a high dose of bathos, but hey, they're good stories. The stories number about 10, and take up only 80 pages or so... the rest of the book is interviews from a literary arts person from Tulsa and the writer, on subjects going back to her first book (THE OUTSIDERS), written when she was 16. Interesting, but if you haven't read THE OUTSIDERS; ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok
I had a hard time understanding what this book was actually about and the underlined message. All Ms. Hinton's books have some sort of message that I at least got but in this one, I could not find one. I have loved every single book S.E. Hinton has wrote. I was addicted to the OUTSIDERS. Then I became addicted to THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW. I loved and adored TEX. RUMBLE FISH was amazing....But honestly, I could not find myself 100% enjoying this book. I did like it though. Everything Ms. Hinton ...more
Jun 26, 2009 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is a hit or miss book. Some of the stories are great and some bore me. It reads like a Young adult novel. It's really light. The stories average about 3-4 pages long. So it's easy to get trough. Also, the stories only go up to about page 65 and the rest of the book is just a bunch of interviews with S.E. Hinton and I loved reading them. I need to go back and reread all her books so I can pick up on all the stuff I missed. I would give it 3.5 stars, but since I can't I'm going to be biased a ...more
Barbara Trimm
Grades 10 & up. Tim's Stories centre around Mike and Terry. They are first cousins, are almost exactly the same age and have the same grandparents since two sisters married 2 brothers. They share good times and bad. These extremely well-written stories are at times heartwarming and at others heart rending. I didn't want them to end. The first half of the book contains the short stories while the last half consists of interviews with S.E. Hinton. Teachers using The Outsiders in class will fin ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Bill rated it it was amazing
What a treat to have these stories by S.E. Hinton, a natural writer,
and one of the few writers kids are drawn to like a magnet, and it isn't just that she is so readable - many writers are - but that she writes about what many feel is the `real' world, with characters that have feelings we can all recognize as ones we know too well.

These stories about two close cousins, follow them through differing
episodes of their lives; the stories are alive with their joys and pain and we think of our own,
Dec 14, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
I didn't hate it. I actually really enjoyed the interview, but had to stop reading it because it started to spoil some of Hinton's books I haven't read yet. I will eventually finish reading the interview once finished with the rest of her work. As for "Some of Tim's Stories", it was a little difficult to follow, but eventually came together. If you're not a Hinton lover then you'll probably take nothing from this book, but I can see the deeper meaning she conveys and appreciate all of her storie ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: S.E. Hinton fans
Recommended to Elise by: No one
I love The Outsiders so much that I don't think any of S.E. Hinton's other books will ever live up to it... Well, maybe That Was Then, This Is Now... But this one? Not so much. It's an odd collection of short stories, some of which seem unfinished, that dance around a sort of central theme that never seems fully realized. It seems like a great sketch of a novel--it just needs to be filled out more. The rather lengthy interviews with S.E. in the back of the book are interesting, though.
Aug 06, 2007 Carrie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: SE Hinton fans.
Shelves: z-2007
The first half is the story of two cousins, one in and out of jail, the other working at a bar and some of the events that led to their current situation. It unfolds as a series of short stories, and unfortunately, ends right as it was finally starting to gel. The second half of the book is a collection of interviews with the author, which I didn't read because I was mad that the first half was over.
Sep 02, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was fantasticly written, but much much too short. The ending really stuck with me (I may have tossed the book at the end) and I wanted more. That's why I didn't give this book more stars - I really thought the story was just getting somewhere when it ended so abruptly.
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