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Rush Hour: Bad Boys Paperback – September 14, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Rush Hour
  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385730330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385730334
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,059,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–Like the characters featured in this journal's second volume, the stories vary widely. There are tales about teens trying to be "bad" (E. R. Frank's "Cousins"), boys who have made poor choices (Eugenie Doyle's "T"), and young men who are truly evil, whether by choice (Jacqueline Woodson's "Poe-Raven," an excerpt from her unpublished novel Grail, NY) or by nature (Edward Averett's "Joaquin Years"). While the authors are confident, skilled writers, not all of the selections here have wide teen appeal. Some pieces (those listed above, plus others by David Lubar, Michael Simmons, and Ron Koertge) shine and will be sought by readers who have enjoyed other well-crafted, thought-provoking collections such as Donald Gallo's Destination Unexpected (Candlewick, 2003) or On the Fringe (Dial, 2001). Unfortunately, the one play (Julia Jarcho's "Nursery") may prove somewhat confusing. Of the nonfiction pieces, the introduction by Jack Gantos and the essay by Robert Lipsyte are smooth and might help readers reassess some preconceived stereotypical notions about people, but the excerpt from Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's upcoming novel about Andy Warhol is written for a slightly younger audience. The few black-and-white illustrations are likely to be overlooked by most readers. Overall, this is an interesting concept, but it's hard to figure out the best audience. This collection is best sampled than read straight through and is likely to require hand-selling to make it move.–Karyn N. Silverman, LREI–Elizabeth Irwin High School, New York City
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BOLD, INNOVATIVE, AND eclectic--that's Rush Hour, the place for thought-provoking stories, essays, art, and poems from today's most distinguished voices, both established and new. "Bad Boys" is the hard-hitting theme of Volume Two. Here are drifters, pranksters, jocks, rebels, monsters, and heroes living life on the edge. In knockout stories by Jackie Woodson and E. R. Frank, artwork by John O'Brien and Chris Gall, essays by Robert Lypsite and Jack Gantos, and much more, bad boys sometimes play by the rules, often misbehave, but always grab our attention.

This second issue solidifies the reputation of this unprecedented, pulsating journal, published twice a year and focused on themes today's readers care about most.

"Rush Hour is . . . a vehicle for sharp, challenging new writing that aims for a discerning and literate young adult audience the way the best literary magazines have long done for older readers."--Chris Lynch

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on October 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
In the foreword that opens BAD BOYS, the second volume of RUSH HOUR: A Journal of Contemporary Voices, bad boy author Jack Gantos meditates on the difference between bad boys and bad men by something his father once said to him:

"A bad boy is only grab-assing around, where a bad man is grabbing ass," Gantos writes. "In my mind I was thinking okay, one is flirtatious, one is a felony. I was also thinking he might have been telling me to be bad when I was young, because later in life bad adult behavior looks cheap and shabby and criminal. But what his explanation also said to me is that by being a boy I was protected by the excesses of my own misguided youth, and that there was some extra period of understanding given to the bad boy. I figured that sympathetic window of understanding was somewhere between the ages of thirteen and twenty-three and then the goodwill would expire."

RUSH HOUR is clearly geared towards readers in the 13-23 "bad boy" demographic. Volume one of the journal, based on the theme of sin, broadly hit the mark with a variety of poems, short stories and essays. Volume two does not pack the same punch as the first, but it does have a number of intriguing offerings.

While there are a number of provocative short stories in this volume, the stand out contributions are both nonfiction. "Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop," excerpted from a newly released biography by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, stretches the definition of bad boy to include the notorious leading figure of the pop art movement. While an iconoclastic, homosexual artist is not an obvious choice for the role of bad boy, Greenberg and Jordan do a wonderful job evoking the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll world that revolved around him.
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