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Top Customer Reviews
I read Hawkes Harbor yesterday--it's a quick read. When I was halfway through my husband asked how it was and I said it was awful and he gave me one of those knowing looks and said, "How long has it been since you've read her?" Meaning, maybe you've got it wrong, maybe you're misremembering how good The Outsiders was, it's been 20 years, hasn't it? "No," I said. "She was really good. I was in high school then, and there were books I loved then that were awful, but I knew they were awful and loved them anyway. The Outsiders was something special."
So we went online, and pulled up the first few pages here on Amazon. And the voice is just as strong as I remember it, and the prose is just as clear. On the second page, there's the sentence, "When I see a movie with someone it's kind of uncomfortable, like having someone read your book over your shoulder," a great sentence that puts you right inside her narrator's skin. I don't think there's a single sentence that good in all of Hawkes Harbor.
Hawkes Harbor is a mess. Hinton hasn't figured out how to write in third person, and her point of view is all over the place in a way that's both jarring and distancing.Read more ›
Unfortunately, Hawkes Harbor just doesn't live up to The Outsiders, which is unfair to Hawkes Harbor. On its own, Hawkes Harbor actually ends up being a very nice story. However, it does suffer on a couple of points. There is a lot of jumping back and forth in time as the main character, Jamie, struggles to remember his past while in a mental institution. Whether or not the feeling is on purpose, the disjointedness of the piecemeal recall can be disorienting and disheartening.
Also, as with the expectation of Rumble Fish quality, the reader may be confounded by expectation of plot and/or genre. Due to some of the reviews and blurbs on the covers, some people will come in with the expectation of a supernatural thriller, but the book doesn't start out like one, instead choosing to set the stage through the flashback scenes. Once involved in the book, it doesn't read like a normal supernatural thriller or romance in the vein of an Anita Blake novel. What the novel truly ends up focused on are relationships between Jamie and other characters and how those relationships change. There are certainly some exciting and terrifying moments, but more importance is placed on how people change and the evolution of their interpersonal relationships. In this exploration of perception and misperception is where there is some common ground with Hinton's previous, more well known works.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are reading this expecting another book from S.E. Hinton that was like her others, perhaps another coming of age story, or just a good story for your teens, this is not that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jasmine
very confusing, It never explained why/how the vampire changed, this horrible abuse happened but it was never brought up again or explained. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Send
I read the book. I read the reviews. Wished I had read the reviews before reading the book. It helped to know this was originally a Dark Shadows tie-in rejected by the publisher... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Midwest
Yes, S.E. Hinton wrote the classic "The Outsiders"! I've read most of her works including "Rumble Fish" and "That Was Then, This Is Now. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Waide Riddle
Some interesting bits and a lot of stuff that was just plain ridiculous or poorly constructed. It felt like thinly disguised fanfiction for profit. Dreadful ending.Published 16 months ago by Marie Maginity
Purchased by school district. Didn't hear any complaints from the teacher (and I would), so assume all's good.Published 18 months ago by CJ Harris
I love all of S.E. Hinton's books. This novel is unlike the others--THE OUTSIDERS, THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW, RUMBLE FISH, TEX, TAMING THE STAR RUNNER. . . . Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by PMacLady