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La ley de la calle

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A Rusty James le asaltan los duros recuerdos del pasado: peleas, malos tratos en el reformatorio, fiestas con anfetas y alcohol... y, sobre todo, el recuerdo de su ídolo: el Chico de la Moto.
Paperback, 131 pages
Published by Círculo de Lectores (first published 1975)
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Josu
Feb 05, 2016 Josu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-1-febrero
Tenía ganas de leer algo más de la autora de una de mis novelas favoritas, Rebeldes. No sabía qué esperarme, pero desde luego no una historia que siguiera los pasos de su primera obra.

Pareciendo un spin-off, tratando el tema de las bandas callejeras, las peleas y las relaciones sexuales, Susan E. Hinton crea una historia fuerte con mucho que enseñar, aunque no mucho que contar. Con apenas un par de escenas memorables, la novela es demasiado corta y no consigue profundizar en los personajes.

Es de
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Sharon
Mar 31, 2009 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There's something about 'Rumble Fish' that makes me read it a few times every year. If you think this is a book just about gang fighting - you're wack. It's about wanting to be something you can't be, finally getting it and realizing that it wasn't what what you wanted. It's about being misunderstood and misinterpreted. It's about picking the wrong heroes. It's about wanting to belong to anybody. It's about life turning into black and white.
Nigel Bird
Apr 30, 2013 Nigel Bird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things in life don’t come with equal weight. The biggest and heaviest impacts are when an event or a moment grab a life that is completely and utterly ripe for something it didn’t know existed.
The film Rumble Fish was one of the big blows of my early adulthood. To me it was (and still is) mind-blowingly good. The cast, the themes, the black-and-white and The Motorcycle Boy, Tom Waits raising his middle finger and chewing gum and an ending capable of knocking out a cinema full in the one go.
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Emily
Jun 21, 2015 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
This book is confusingly bad. It lacks the charm and sincerity of The Outsiders (and it also lacks a shirtless teenage Rob Lowe, which could have made up for a lot). None of the characters are as skillfully drawn or believable, the story is meandering and poorly written, and the heart of the novel - the relationship between Rusty-James and the Motorcycle Boy - isn't given enough time to mature.

On the other hand, this is probably a pretty good movie, because it stars Matt Dillon and Diane Lane (f
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Humberto Cnca
Nov 07, 2008 Humberto Cnca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Humberto Cnca by: 1
This book Rumble Fish is really something. It's partly like the other books S.E.Hinton has written. It has 135 pages. It's about a kid named Rusty-James who is the probaly the toughest boy in his junior-high school. He is respected by at least everyone. But he doesn't care about that, the only thing that he wants is to be like his older brother, The motorcycle boy. He wants to be tough and not care about anything. He wants to be smart and have everyone's respect, not just people he knows. The ...more
Abby
Jun 04, 2013 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Isabel G L
Dec 27, 2014 Isabel G L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Estamos ya bien entraditos en el siglo XXI, por lo que no creo que a la basca del BUP le enrolle mucho esta traducción. Pensaba decir que debería haber buscado una edición más actualizada, pero lo cierto es que creo que el libro me hubiese gustado infinitamente más si lo hubiese leído en inglés, entre otras cosas porque la metáfora del título (Rumble Fish) es lo más bonito y significativo de la historia, por lo que el título en español, La ley de la calle, le ha hecho un flaco favor a la novela ...more
Andy
Aug 18, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-noir
Rumble Fish was a cool movie that looked a lot like Robert Frank’s The Americans and had Mickey Rourke perfecting his Richard Hell impersonation with Tom Waits doing a Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe routine, whilst listening to Wall Of Voodoo and The Police jamming on the soundtrack…very new wave…totally Eighties. Then there’s the book.

S.E. Hinton writes more like a noir writer than a YA one, complete with flashbacks, delusional madness and death. Her uncanny ability to get into a teenage boy’s mind and
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(B) Archer at KIPP
Mar 13, 2008 (B) Archer at KIPP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to (B) Archer by: brandon patlan
Shelves: boys-have-read
THIS BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ!!! It’s by the same author of THE OUTSIDERS. It’s great; it’s so good that ill read it 1000 times if I could! It’s about a kid and his name is Rusty James (the name is kind of cheesy). He is not in a gang but it’s like the Outsiders when they are all like a family and they have each others back.I kind of think hes cool because he doesnt care what people think of him. He only makes desitions appon himself. And he he cares alot for his friends.he is also the ...more
Maggie
Jun 30, 2010 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really not sure how to rate this one. I read it in one day and it hooked me with its suspenseful plot and realistic dialogue. Plus, I love stories about tough guys and gangs in the '50s and '60s. But after I closed the book, I didn't have a clear reaction to it that I could pinpoint and then translate into a starred rating.

Rusty-James is a young "tough guy" who idolized his older brother, The Motorcycle Boy (real name is never mentioned). Like any young kid with a cool older brother, Rusty
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Nina
Strange little thing, this one.
Although part of the reason why I feel that way is probably the fact that it's (I think) the first YA novel I read that was written long before I was born - which, for me, makes it something of a hybrid of a classic style and a modern trend. Or something.

It's mysterious and sort of obscure, but at the same time it feels crystal clear in that the narrator's voice is simple and direct.
Let's face it - he's not the brightest bulb in the box. He's a hood kid, and he's a
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Jamie
Oct 08, 2011 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh my GOD was this book ever depressing???!??!? So here's the whole "get down": rusty-James (who doesn't like to be called rusty cuz it makes him feel like he's not wearing pants) considers himself to be the baddest ass around town, and he has the legendary older brother the Motorcycle Boy who try's to stray away from the world plus he can't see ANY colors and spaces out sometimes. (ps, he doesn't. have a motorcycle). So apparently his older brother doesn't hav any friends, he's a drifter, and h ...more
Elena Köhler
Jun 11, 2015 Elena Köhler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La ley de la calle es un libro realista que trata sobre un chico, Rusty James, que recuerda al encontrarse con un viejo amigo un incidente que sucedió años atrás. Todo comienza en el momento en el que se entera de que Biff quiere matarle y tiene una pelea con él. Esto desencadenará una serie de hechos en los que conoceremos los problemas tanto familiares, amorosos y sociales a los que Rusty debe de enfrentarse. En general el libro me ha gustado, es de un estilo muy similar al de "Rebeldes". Es u ...more
Joe
Mar 11, 2013 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No self-respecting thug would go by Rusty James. Maybe I should be more forgiving in light of the different era, but S.E. Hinton did so well with The Outsiders that I'm more than a little surprised with her attempt with this book. Her touch with the slang of the time felt awkward and fumbling. Somewhere it says Rumble Fish is more sharply focused than The Outsiders. Nonsense. The moral lessons are poorly developed. There are more questions than answers by the end, and the end itself is a poor at ...more
Eleanor
Jan 22, 2015 Eleanor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She never gets old. Even though this book was written in the 70's still classic to this day!
Michelle Riley
The book I was reading is called RUMBLE FISH by S.E HINTON.
The book is about Rusty-James and how he don’t really like school, he’s not book smart he rather use his hands then books. Also’ he’s always relying on his brother to fix his mess up’s, and he don’t have a very good memory. The book was talking about how he ran into one of his old best friend’s he knew since he was 13, his name was Steve. At first he didn’t know who Steve was until Steve told him, he wasn’t glad to see Steve. Rusty-Jam
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Corey Schmidt
I read the book “Rumble Fish.” It was written by S.E. Hinton. I thought it was a good book about how sometimes you think things are better than they actually are. I thought that it was also about how you should just want to be yourself, because everyone’s life isn’t as great as it may seem.

The book starts off with the main character, Rusty James, getting challenged to a fight by the leader of another gang. Biff the gang leader doesn’t fight fair though, because he brings a knife to the fight. Ru
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Rachel Collinge
In an ideal world, I would give this book three and a half stars; three doesn't seem to give it enough credit, but four seems too generous. However, I will settle for three (which, in my opinion, is not necessarily a negative rating).
This was a super fast, easy read. I'll admit that I wasn't too impressed at first. It wasn't until the last two or three chapters that I truly became emotionally attached. I love how the first and last chapters were of Rusty-James as an young adult and the middle ch
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Jeremy
I was a bit non-plussed by the idea of reading this book initially (I was thinking one or two stars at best) but a combination of its size (time expenditure), style and degree-of-substance won me over in the end.

Plenty gets said about the Young Adult genre, both on goodreads and elsewhere ... particularly by people that seem to be parochial defenders. This book does what a good Young Adult read should do. It bridges the gap between children's books and adult literature. It takes childish, less-
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Brad
Aug 09, 2015 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I will give this book another chance in a few years. It didn't have a chance, being that (a) The Outsiders continues to be a top 20 favorite book, even into adulthood, and (b) the film version of Rumble Fish, which I saw before I read the book, is one of my favorite films. But I will give it another chance, especially since S.E. Hinton is most proud of this particular book. It was years ago that I read it, but I remember feeling like the frame story made the whole thing convoluted for me.

While t
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Orry
Mar 23, 2015 Orry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that “Rumble Fish” by S.E. Hinton was a good book. The way that the plot moves fast and things happen quickly in the book made it easy to read and understand. how people are getting into fights and shot makes it a good book.

Rusty-James is the main character of the book, he has greasy hair and is short for his age. He is 14 years old and has an older brother. Rusty’s older brother has a name but is called the Motorcycle Boy. He likes to ride motorcycles hence the name Motorcycle Boy. H
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Trevor Wetzel
Sep 30, 2014 Trevor Wetzel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book, “Rumble Fish,” by S.E. Hinton. This story is about a boy, named Rusty-James, and his brother, The Motorcycle Boy. Rusty-James is a fourteen year old boy who grew up in a gang. These gangs have disappeared now and he goes on his own trying to be the toughest kid in town. Rusty-James fights a rival from a different town named Biff Wilcox and gets slit open pretty good. Biff comes to fight him because Rusty had been talking to his girl. Then one night, Rusty and his friend Steve go ...more
Dayna
May 04, 2014 Dayna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Might as well write a review. S.E. Hinton has a very practiced ability of creating relatable characters out of hoodlums. In The Outsiders, we all struggle along with the 'Greasers' as they are made to be social pariahs. In Tex, we feel his (Tex's) confusion and frustration clearer than most things. In Rumble Fish, we struggle with Rusty James. You really do. We all want to live up to someone else's reputation, be it a crazy brother named Motorcycle Boy, or even your parents. When he finally reac ...more
Edward Wohlt
Oct 29, 2015 Edward Wohlt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal response: I really enjoyed the book Rumble Fish by S.E Hinton, because it dealt with serious subjects that teenagers went through. This book was a real attention grabber; it was one of those books that I just could not put down.

Plot: Rusty-James was a 14 year old kid who was the toughest guy in the group of high school kids who hang out at Benny’s Bar. He wanted to stay calm and laugh when things got dangerous, to be the toughest street fighter and the most respected guy. He had an old
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T Money
Dec 14, 2015 T Money rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The title of the book I read is called Rumble Fish by S.E Hinton, the genre of this book would most likely be under young adult and maybe some other genres too but young adult fits in best. The setting of this story would take place somewhere in America. The main character in this book is named Rusty James, Rusty James is one of the toughest junior high kids in his town. He smokes, drinks, fights, steals and he is well respected by mostly everybody. One of the other main characters would be The
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Amna
May 30, 2011 Amna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DAMN! I loved this book!



I swear at first i thought it would suck because of the beginning and the fact the book is about 140 pages. I read The Outsiders which i loved! So i expected so much from this book because it was S.E. Hinton's. Now i plan on getting all of his books to read, they are truly my style.

First of all, i think this book could have been much bigger because i feel it ended way too quickly. So thumbs DOWN for the size.

Rusty-James is the main character who is 14 years old. He is to
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Amanda Klass
In March of 2008 my brother loaned me his copy of The Outsiders. I finished it in two days, attached and in love with each and every single one of the characters (Sodapop and Dallas, especially). A week later, after I was left bookless once again, I went hunting on Amazon and found Rumble Fish, also written by the wonderful S.E. Hinton.

Instead of waiting for it to arrive, I headed up to Barnes & Noble that day and purchased it for about eight dollars cash. When I got home, I settled myself o
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Elaine Lin
Mar 13, 2010 Elaine Lin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Rumble Fish has the same author of The Outsiders so i thought since i likes The Outsiders i would like this book too. I DID! This book is about Rusty James, a little boy that tries to live up to his brother, he had a street life and doesn't care about school. He gets into fights and there was this one fight where he got sliced down the back and there was a lot of blood. But as a strong little boy he is, he treats it like a little mosquito bite. The book has a lot of des ...more
Leila Labão
Feb 09, 2013 Leila Labão rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English/Português

I just finished this book. I read it because I had to read the author's first book, Outsiders, for school. I liked it very much, so I decided to read another one. I have to say I liked Outsiders more, but this doesn't mean I didn't love Rumble Fish. I just missed a stronger message with it. However, I think that the author is still amazing at showing the reality in the suburbs, places full of people and empty of hope. Places with gangs, fighting, drunk people, poor people, but m
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Brenda
Don't let the size of this diminutive book fool you. It is a powerhouse of emotion. Longing, betrayal, loss, love, friendship, broken families, broken hopes, and the existential desire to simply forget. All this and more. Layered characters. Solid settings. Realism and grit. Subtle social commentary without it ever being preachy or sanctimonious.

S.E. Hinton never fails to entertain while crafting insightful narratives which linger in my subconscious long after having read them.
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Susan Eloise Hinton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has always enjoyed reading but wasn't satisfied with the literature that was being written for young adults, wh
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