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Hawkes Harbor

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,843 ratings  ·  404 reviews
An orphan and a bastard, Jamie Sommers grew up knowing he had no hope of heaven. Conceived in adultery and born in sin, Jamie was destined to repeat the sins of his parents--or so the nuns told him. And he proved them right. Taking to sea, Jamie sought out danger and adventure in exotic ports all over the world as a smuggler, gunrunner--and murderer. Tough enough to handle ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 2004)
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Thorin Maybe this book wasn't meant to be like her others, and she wanted to try something new. I, personally, liked it.…moreMaybe this book wasn't meant to be like her others, and she wanted to try something new. I, personally, liked it.(less)
sam proctor This book is NOT appropriate for teens, probably not even for adults. It's filled with sex scenes (including threesomes) and descriptions of hand jobs…moreThis book is NOT appropriate for teens, probably not even for adults. It's filled with sex scenes (including threesomes) and descriptions of hand jobs. It is also incredibly boring. There are so many better options.(less)

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Jonathan Williamson
Mar 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
I read this book because S.E. Hinton was my favorite author when I was a young hoodlum in the motha' fuckin' Dirty Bay. However, this is the WORST book I've ever read. Seriously. I fucking dare you to read it. I DARE YOU!

I don't think I'd have ever finished it except that I kept waiting for it to suddenly make sense because I had a nearly religious faith in S.E. Hinton. In the end, I was reminded why I abandoned faith for atheism.
Jul 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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F Macias-Mossman
Jan 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
Ok, where to begin. Should I start with the fact that there is absolutely no plot and that the story just goes on and on and on. Or perhaps I focus on the fact that the entire back story was just away to make this story even longer and that none of it ever related back to the actual premise. To do that though there would have to have been a premise.
I wish I could summarize what the book was about but honestly I have no idea. Amidst the cliché’s (vampires turning into bats), the poorly develop
Jun 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders has long been a favorite book of mine. I've read it 4 or 5 times over the years. The movie based on the book was also excellent, one I can watch again and again. Since that time I've not read any others of her books until recently when I tried quite a different novel, Hawkes Harbor. I'd seen a review of the book by a member of my Goodread's book group and it sounded quite interesting.

Hawkes Harbor in some ways is light years away from The Outsiders but at the same tim
Aug 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book is horrendous! I was driven to read it. After all, a book by the author of The Outsiders and Rumblefish has to be great, right? Dead wrong! Aside from about four well-written phrases this book offers nothing to the reader. The plot is plodding and random. The characters irritating and pallid. It seems such a mishmash like everything is thrown together to have appeal to different audiences. A story including pirates, mental hospitals, St. Tropez, vampires, jewel thieves and the Vietnam ...more
May 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After loving S. E. Hinton as a child and young adult, I was wary of her newer work with suspicions that it would never be as good as I remembered of The Outsiders. I could not have been more wrong. This is a gorgeous, touching story that I will always treasure. Unlike her earlier works, this has a bit of the supernatural, a change that really surprised me and had me questioning if I'd made a mistake picking this dark story from the bargain bin. Apparently this also threw a lot of other readers w ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I recently reread The Outsiders and became curious if Hinton had written anything else more recently. So I discovered Hawkes Harbor.
The more I think about it, the more I hate it. If I were to rate it solely on characterization and interesting side stories, it'd be pretty good. But if I were to give you the basic plot, it would take me about five seconds. How could I possibly summarize a novel of decent length and so many side stories in five seconds? Because the side stories (i.e. the best parts
Feb 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was the biggest clusterf*** of a book I have ever read. Just from reading the description, I had no clue this was even a vampire novel. Who thinks of vampires when they pick up an S.E. Hinton book? I was just enjoying reading about this gritty ex-navy sailor running smuggling scams with his buddy, and then about 1/4 of the way into the book there's a surprise vampire. And it got more and more confusing as I read on.

It turns out this was supposed to be a Dark Shadows story. I had no idea. I
Alondra Miller
Jan 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I am not sure, but this may be "soft" horror. It starts off as horror, then it evolves into something else, like our main characters.

I loved Jamie's stories. His pain and fear were almost visceral. He experienced abject terror; to only have it replay over and over. The relationship between Jamie and his "tormentor;" the vampire Grenville Hawkes; is that of abuser and the abused.

About 1/3 of the way through, there is a significant change in tone, and it is ever so subtle, that you almost
Heather G Gentle
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was just weird. I didn't care about the people and in fact found almost every character unlikable. I was bored with this book and barely got through it even though it was relatively short.

There were a couple of side stories that made it mildly interesting and at the beginning I felt for the main character,Jamie, but by mid way through he just annoyed me and-- I just wanted it to be over.
Lauren Tomaszczuk

S.E Hinton is one of my favorite writers. I have previously read The Outsiders, which is a book that will always remain on my bookshelf. My 8th grade teacher told me that she chose using her initials so the reader wouldn’t identify her gender, which is peculiar, but extremely intriguing. I did not realize that this book is suppose to be more geared toward adults, but well I am a teenager and it wasn’t very complex to understand… S.E. Hinton stopped publishing books in 1988 then shockingly she r

In and of itself, S. E. Hinton's HAWKES HARBOR is not a bad book; as an entry in the DARK SHADOWS novel series, however, it would have flopped mightily.

I enjoyed Hinton's prose, and she developed a convincing background for Jamie (Willie Loomis) Sommers. It's easy to envision John Karlen in the role and Dennis Patrick playing Kellen (Jason McGuire) Quinn in flashback fashion, particularly in their travels around the world. Her delving deeply into Jamie's psyche -- particularly the devastation he
Maria Hooley
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
The one warning I will give you about this novel is that if you are wanting any of her realistic, gritty YA novels, please read those instead of looking for that kind of subject matter in this book because you won't like it if that is your criteria. Also, while this is a vampire novel, it has no romantic elements to it and it has a literary feel that most people don't expect in a vampire book.

That aside, I think the strength of this book isn't the horrific elements. It's the human one. As always
Aug 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
I'm really disappointed! S.E. Hinton was one of my favorite authors growing up. I'd never heard of this book and thought I was in for a treat. Supposedly Hinton wrote this in response to the "Dark Shadows" series. Either way, I was disappointed. I'm all for a writer branching out...but normally when that happens you get the since that they are at least enjoying what they are doing. I felt like I was having my teeth slowly removed without novocaine and I can only imagine the writing of this book ...more
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
I was a very big S.E. Hinton reader as a kid so I was surprised when I learned she had published a book recently for an adult audience. Unfortunately it was not as good as I had hoped. The story has a vampire theme but is kind of all over the place. I liked the way the time line of the story was broken up and came together. On the downside it seemed like she tried to make the characters too emotional and searching for deeper meanings where there really was none. I would not recommend this one as ...more
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Throw away any thoughts of The Outsiders or That was then this is now. Apart from the writing style, this could have been written by an entirely different author. I’m in awe of Hinton’s ability to create mental pictures with seemingly few words and little description. A little too fast paced at times, but hooking in its treatment of vampires. Yes, vampires. From the author that brought you “Stay gold.”
Poor, poor Jamie. I bought this book on a whim for a buck at the library because I saw the immortal name S.E. Hintonadorning the cover. This has got to be good! Then I read some reviews on goodreads and got disillusioned. Not as good The Outsiders, Hinton really fell off her game. About a vampire? Seriously? Well, anyway, I read it. And loved it. And, if I'm being completely honest, it's probably because I love Jamie (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S.E. Hinton has done it again. She's written a book that is guaranteed to resonate with adults and youth alike, but this time she's broken her style and written something entirely different from anything she has done before.

Jamie Summers is no the tough teen we know and love from Hinton's books, at least not anymore. After a trauma so harrowing, it steals away his memory and his sanity; Jamie finds himself in a psychiatric hospital with no concept of who he is beyond the fact that he really does
Whitney Jokiel
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Knowing S.E. Hinton from The Outsiders and That was Then, This is Now, I expected a very different story. I realize that this book was geared more for adult readers rather than the YA audience of her previous claims to fame. Regardless, I anticipated a much more engaging and engrossing story. The synopsis does everything in its power to draw the reader in, but most of those secrets were revealed within the first half of the book. The remainder was simply a story of the human condition through th ...more
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Or, the author of The Outsiders and Rumble Fish adapts the old late 60's/early 70's vampire soap opera Dark Shadows into a novel. For some reason. I enjoyed this mostly as a fan of the soap, never having read any of Hinton's famed books. This installment focuses on the Willie Loomis character (here named Jamie) and his relationship with bloodsucker Barnabas (here named Grenville). I think someone must've ran into some copyright issues? Anyway, if Hinton ever writes more in the series, I'm on boa ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In my opinion, Ms. Hinton should stick to writing teen stories.

"An orphan and a bastard, James grew up tough enough to handle almost anything. He survived foreign prisons, smugglers, pirates, gunrunners, and shark attacks. But what he finds in the quiet town of Hawkes Harbor, Delaware, was enough to drive him almost insane - and change his life forever."

May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2015 RC- A book with bad reviews
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is kind of a mess, y'all. The first third is mostly about Jamie's life on the ocean, running scams or just working on boats with his best friend Kell. In the middle third, Jamie's in an asylum, with flashbacks to the events that put him there - being tortured by an ancient vampire and being shot nearly to death by the sheriff over a misunderstanding. Then he's taken out of the asylum BY the vampire, who's no longer a "bad" vampire and apparently does not need human blood to survive, an ...more
Viola Walton
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
I will try not to give spoilers which is hard to do in this review. At first, I thought I wouldn't like the book, but S.E. Hinton started hitting my funny bone. I didn't know I could giggle so much listening to a book appropriate for Halloween.

Twenty-two-year-old Jamie Summer's born out of wedlock, orphaned, raised by less than charitable nuns. A veteran, a world-traveled jack-of-all-trades running the gamut from gardener, carpenter, butler, chauffeur, and pimp, who has survived being shot and
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spooky-reads
I definitely prefer Hinton’s YA to her adult fic - I’ve consistently found it better quality literature. That said, this was well outside her typical genre and I was intrigued. I thought it could’ve been a little stronger - I wanted some more information on how vampires work in this world, and the constant jumping back and forth in time made it really hard to concentrate on the narrative (as well as keep facts straight) - but on the whole the characters were strong and the story kept me interest ...more
Linda Branton
Mar 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
If you like vampire fiction that makes no sense, this is the book for you. Filled with snippets of over-the-to adventure and poorly strung together timelines, I only completed this book because I was determined to do so. My teenagers were in stitches over my confused outbursts while reading the book. Can vampires just choose to not be vampires anymore? I don't know, but I do know that this is not in the same league as S.E. Hintons other favourites. Avoid. ...more
Jo Rampanen
Jan 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Vampires, Pirates, written by S E Hinton. Recipe for perfection! All my favourite subjects to read about in one book, but it was just so boring.

I dnf'd it just over halfway through.
I really wanted to like this book. :(
Tracy Gilbert
This is the most random roller coaster of a book ever. I couldn’t wait to get through it. I dreaded reading it, a lot of it didn’t make sense. I had high hopes because I loved The Outsiders, but this was something totally different.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't have high hopes for this but it was pretty bad. I can't bring myself to dive into a full critique, because as another reviewer here said, I have a 'near religious' love for SE Hinton based on her first books. I'll just reread The Outsiders or Rumblefish as a palette cleanser I guess. ...more
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