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Taming the Star Runner

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,579 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Travis is the epitome of cool, even when he's in trouble. But when he's sent to stay with his uncle on a ranch in the country, he finds that his schoolmates don't like his tough city ways. He does find friendship of a sort with Casey, who runs a riding school at the ranch. She's the bravest person Travis has ever met, and crazy enough to try to tame the Star Runner, her be ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1988)
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Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
"He wasn't cool. He wasn't tough. He wasn't even good-looking. He just stood there - a brainless, homesick idiot." -- protagonist Travis' self-regard, on page 49

Hinton's Taming of Star Runner is probably best remembered for being her last in a series of well-received and popular YA novels, as well as being the only one not adapted into a film version during the 80's. (I guess actors Matt Dillon and Emilio Estevez, as part of Hinton's unofficial stock company, were a tad 'long in the tooth' by th
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Travis who almost kills his step dad and is sent to his uncle’s house. While he is at his uncles he finishes a book he is writing and finds a new part of him self. That he will never give up. Even when his step dad won’t let his mom sign the contract saying he can purplish the book he doesn’t give up.

In this book he finds a girl named Casey who is intimidating but at the same time the bravest loveliest girls he has met. She tames a horse called the star runner tha
William Young
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA Readers, Readers in General, Fiction Readers and S.E. Hinton Fans
Taming the Star Runner was much better than Rumble Fish and Quite better than That Was Then, This is Now. I still think The Outsiders can be beaten out of all of her YA Books. This one was really good though and quite different from her usual protagonist. I enjoyed each character though very much. I felt that the ending was a bit abrupt but it did answer most of the questions one would have about the fate of some of the characters. I really like the setting and I believe the background for Travi ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
While I adore Hinton's other books, this one feels like something is missing. She still hits on the experience of being a teenager - introspective but naïve, emotionally sensitive but desperately "cool" - expertly. But here, her habit of mundane Odyssey plots, in which we follow a character through his ups and downs in a crucial time in his life, falls a little flat. None of Travis' adventures seem to be fully unpacked; conflict ends before it really begins. The novel plotline sails by with litt ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read "Taming the Star Runner" by S. E. Hinton. I thought the book was great. It was set up perfectly. It has a little bit of everything in the book such as action. Travis likes to get into fights and at times they have to catch the Star Runner when it jumps the fence. There is romance between Travis and Casey. There is some comedy just because Travis is only 16 and some of the things he says are still immature at times. There is suspense when Joe shows up on Travis's doorstep looking for help. ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second favorite S.E. Hinton book, right after 'The Outsiders'. Other than the end chapter (which I found lackluster and odd), I really enjoyed reading this book. ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was amazing, an awesome book that I would recommend to everybody.
Maria Arechiga
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
All of the S.E Hinton books that I have read I have found them interesting. Although these books are short they make it feel like it’s real. Everything started because Travis attempted to murder his Stepdad Stan. Travis is sent to his uncles ranch because of the incident that had just happened. Travis never liked to ask Stan for anything because Stan would feel like he owns him and would remind him what he bought for Travis. Just like Stan would do this to Travis’s mom. I liked how Travis had a ...more
Wang Peng
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Although S.E. Hinton's work in Taming the Star Runner was intriguing and captivated my attention quickly, I felt that the plot became doubtlessly predictable and disorganized while the characters were done and never evolved as an individual. The story begins with Travis, a sixteen year old boy who is practically the definition of cool in his urban hometown, but when he attempts to murder his stepfather he is sent to his uncle's ranch and finds that his tough attitude doesn't cut it. As Travis s ...more
Alannah Davis
Jan 16, 2011 rated it liked it
After nearly killing his stepfather, teenaged Travis is sent to live in the country with his uncle. Tough, city-bred Travis finds himself out of his element with life on his uncle's ranch and in the small-town school.

He finds himself fascinated by Casey, the young woman who runs a riding school on the ranch. He grows to admire her tenacity in trying to tame a horse called the Star Runner, who doesn't seem meant to be tamed. Travis feels he himself isn't meant to be tamed.

S.E. Hinton, my favorite
Rea K
Jul 13, 2015 added it
Shelves: owned, mine
I read this one year in grade school, and I vaguely remember that my teacher said that some of his other students who read it found things that they considered... offensive or some shit. Yeah, I don't know what those kids were reading at the time, but this was pretty damn tame. Even as an eighth grader I'd read some pretty sketchy books. ...more
Katie Lowe
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
i would give it a 4.5- any book about a writer i'm a sucker for. I can get over the crude language because of the very good plot- I'll read other books by this author certainly ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite SE Hinton novel.

I remember reading 'Taming the Star Runner' in middle school, when most kids encounter Hinton, but while I loved her other four, I didn't understand THIS novel. Why was it in third person? What was the point of the horse? What did any of this have to do with the world Hinton created in her other books?

Now that I'm a grown-ass librarian, I understand it. The third-person narration gives us Travis as the classic Hinton protagonist, but his guardian, Ken, embod
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Two-and-a-half stars. My least favorite of Hinton's books for young adults. As a huge fan of her other books, I wanted to like it more. We have an interesting protagonist, but the things that happen to him that could be interesting for some reason aren't: (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
TAMING THE STAR RUNNER characters include Travis Harris, Uncle Ken, Ponyboy Curtis and several other side characters that appear as the book goes on. The author of TAMING THE STAR RUNNER is S.E Hinton. The story is based in Tulsa Oklahoma, in the 1950s. I found this book while looking through The Outsiders shelf, and had to read it.
The story starts off in third person point of view, and soon transitions between Ponyboy, and Travis. The story starts off with Travis leaving his friends for Tulsa
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't know how she does it, but S. E. Hinton always makes the best classic YA books. "Taming the Star Runner" was great. I loved Travis' relationship with Ken. How Ken became like the father he never had. What I love most about S. E. Hinton is how emotional but somehow simple all her books are. Somehow you're right there with the characters. You feel everything they feel. And yet, it's so simple. The stories aren't complicated; they just tell themselves in a way that anyone can understand even ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
It wasn't a bad book, there wasn't ever really a part where I was bored, there was always something happening, but there honestly wasnt much of a consistent plot, and the ending felt kind of out of no where, and forced. I still dont really get how anything in the book, led up to this kind of moral of the story of "there's fate and then there's will". Also I think maybe The Star Runner was supposed to represent something in Travis, like a part of him or something, and maybe that's what the author ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought SE Hinton wrote about gangs, but I've only read the Outsiders, so that might be wrong. I liked how this book went a step past what I thought it would be about. The 16 year old kid gets sent to live with his uncle in Texas (I think) and starts working with horses. He has a tarnished reputation from his past with his stepfather and other shenanigans, so it's kind of a blessing that he can start over (I think anyway). His uncle has his own problems with a divorce and a young son, so I was ...more
Larissa Runyan
This book has relatable content regarding bravery, falling in love, and growing up—all of which make me want this to be a four star rating instead of three. That being said, the ending of the story falls flat for me, leaving several characters’ plot-lines underdeveloped. Towards the end I really felt that the advice Travis keeps getting about having to start a new book early to avoid writer’s block and having to make sure it was deemed appropriate for the target buyers (school districts and libr ...more
Emma Hathaway
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I like this book, honestly I didn't really like this book as much as her other book, "The Outsiders." Reasons why? I guess one of them is cause it doesn't have much action. Though I did like the characters, and the author is just amazing at writing. Who was your favorite character? Favorite character would be Travis, a little description of him. Cool, likes to chat, and also to hang out with people. Also likes to be "noticed", or "liked." Favorite part of the book, "How's school?" Ken asked, "Ro ...more
Emma Rainey
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Taming the Star Runner" was a very good book with lots of great descriptive scenes that make you think of what is to come. The book shows some of the ups and downs about a teenage boy who has to go and live with his uncle; and the troubles that occur when living at his uncles. I feel like the title of the book could be a little misleading because it makes the book sound like it is really horse related, but the majority of the book is about how Travis is writing his book and when it will be publ ...more
Stacy Houghton
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Taming the Star Runner is about a young boy, Travis who moves to his uncles ranch from the city. As he struggles to adjust he meets a girl who trained a horse named Star Runner. Travis and Star Runner are both free spirits and parallels are drawn between them throughout the story. I give this book five stars because it is written excellently and deals with important life lessons like the struggles of moving and finding yourself.
Kylee Daughton
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit

I have read The Outsiders, That was then this is now, Tex, Some of time stories, and Rumble fish and I feel like this is another hit another one of my favorite books. This author always manages to make amazing books and can really connect you to the different characters.
Olivia Smith
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love S.E. Hinton. Her story lines are never complex, but her characters always feel so real. I thought parts of the book were sad, but overall Travis was very funny. I liked how the book had a theme, but at the same time it was just following Travis in his everyday life. I could have done with out all of the profanity, but it was a good read.
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought it was an interesting story about a wild young man living with his uncle who develops a friendship with a young girl who rides horses and works to get a book he wrote published.
What's different about it is that unlike S.E. Hinton's previous books, this one isn't written in first person point of view.
Jill Butler
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Insightful for teenagers whose Weltschmerz always differs from previous generations.
Empathic portrayal of troubled characters without being preachy.
The author taps into Tolstoy's famous adage "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! It had the same style as all of S.E Hinton's other books and the characters were raw, real and full of personality. I do have to admit this was my least favourite S.E Hinton book, but it was still close to absolute perfection. ...more
Lisbeth Solberg
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fauna, young-adult
With a protagonist not so appealing as Ponyboy, this novel was not as engaging as The Outsiders. Oblique climactic scene was not fully realized, and resolution also fell flat. Fun to read for comparison though.
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