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Easygoing and reckless Tex likes everyone and everything, especially his horse, Negrito, and Johnny Collins's blue-eyed sister, Jamie. Life with his older brother, Mason, would be just about perfect if only Mace would stop complaining about Pop, who hasn't been home in five months. While Mason worries about paying the bills and getting a basketball scholarship--his ticket ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 211 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 1st 1979)
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z
Aug 14, 2007 z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
My favorite S.E. Hinton book. Yes I prefer this to the Outsiders.
Humberto Cnca
Oct 18, 2008 Humberto Cnca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca McNutt
I really liked Tex when I was in junior high school. I recently re-read it, and while it isn't as influential to me as it used to be, it's still a great story with a straightforward plot and wonderful characters.
Jennifer
The best Hinton title, IMHO. And that Matt Dillon cover sure don't hurt!
jess
Dec 31, 2011 jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Reanna
May 13, 2016 Reanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
So I've never read The Outsiders....I know, I know. I plan to, I actually plan on reading all of her work seeing as she lives here in Tulsa. So this was my first introduction to S.E. Hinton and it was a pretty good experience. Yes, these books are aimed at teens but I enjoyed it as well.

This little book is a snippet of life in a small town, two brothers and their trials and tribulations in a few short years of their lives. I think it has a little bit of everything in it when I think back on the
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Carl Koch
Nov 19, 2014 Carl Koch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aurora Dimitre
This is a book that I haven't read in a while. The first time I read this book was probably in my post-Outsiders funk in like, sixth grade (I read that book over and over and over again, the fact that it starts with the same words it ends with made it really easy), I found this, I read it I really liked it but not as much as The Outsiders, and that's kind of where I am now. This is a good one, but it's not my favorite of hers, not even close.

I do still like the connections to the other books th
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Andy
Feb 25, 2015 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eleanor
Jan 22, 2015 Eleanor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my old time Favourites!
Nathan Togstad
Personal Response: I believe that Tex was a kid on a path of destruction. He was getting in trouble with Johnny and causing problems at school. Throughout the majority of the book, it appeared Tex’s brother, Mason, was more of a father figure than his actual father. Tex had a good role model in Mason, but he always knew Mason and he were two different people. Tex later finds out they are way different people. The book shows life is unpredictable. Tex went a complete turnaround when everything h ...more
Logan
Personal Response: I thought Tex was an easy but entertaining read. I enjoyed his daring attitude and boldness. Tex would be the kid I was nice to in order to talk him into doing stupid things for my amusement.

Plot: Tex was a kid in middle school living with his older brother, Mason. They were both still in school, but their dad had been gone for several months. Mason took it upon himself to take care of his younger brother. They lived in the country but were close enough to the city that drugs
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Kent R.
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.
Jared Shilts
Sep 23, 2016 Jared Shilts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Personal response: Having previously read The Outsiders as well as That Was Then, This is Now, I was not worried about author S.E. Hinton's ability to tell a good coming of age story of a troubled youth.


Plot: Tex McCormick lives in Oklahoma with his brother, Mason. Mason watches after him because their father has been touring the country as a rodeo performer. Mason sells Tex’s horse, Negrito, to be able to pay for heating. It turns the usually level headed Tex into an outraged and scared person.
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John Jorgensen
May 26, 2015 John Jorgensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Hunter
Dec 18, 2014 Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Hunter Soerens
Feb 28, 2016 Hunter Soerens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Tex


PERSONAL RESPONSE



I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the way the author wrote it. There were happy parts, sad parts, and parts where people were mad at each other. I can’t wait to read another book by this author. I hope people enjoy this book as much as I did.


PLOT



It all started when Tex comes home to Mason, his older brother, pouting in the corner. He asks why he’s pouting. Mason says, “look out in the pasture.” Tex goes out and finds nothing in the barn or in the pastures. He go
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Jared
Jan 16, 2015 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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08taylorr
Sep 26, 2011 08taylorr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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A.M. Torres
Sep 25, 2011 A.M. Torres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Regino Leon
Jan 05, 2015 Regino Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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William Young
Jan 05, 2015 William Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bailey
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
Jacki
Feb 03, 2011 Jacki rated it it was amazing
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
Abbie
Jun 22, 2012 Abbie rated it really liked it
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
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Orry
Mar 26, 2014 Orry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jake Sprenger
Sep 11, 2013 Jake Sprenger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matt
Dec 06, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I read this in like 2 days and I thought the book was really good! Probably up there with The Outsiders, definitely recommend if you're into young adult books. Tex was a good protagonist and I loved how Mark Jennings ended up being a character in this book and it makes me a little depressed knowing what ended up happening to him (he was from That Was Then This Is Now). You should totally go out and buy this, it's a great read.
Kya Aliana
Mar 08, 2012 Kya Aliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Danigerous
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
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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”
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“Mace, you never read Smoky the Cowhorse,did you?
No.
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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