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Tex Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1989
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Of all of Hinton's protagonists, Tex is by far the most innocent and sweet, even referred to as Bambi by another character. More remarkably, Tex comes out of this book retaining that sweetness while coming to terms with a less than innocent discovery. Simply put, he a good boy repeatedly in the wrong time at the wrong place. He loves his horse and resents it bitterly when his older brother is forced to sell it in order for them to survive. They have an absentee father riding the rodeo circuit, and Tex's older brother has been forced to give up a basketball scholarship to attend to Tex's upbringing. As the book continues, his brother becomes increasingly frustrated and even violent, moreso than circumstances would call for. It is only when their father returns home, resulting in an argument between father and older brother, that a haunting secret comes out, causing Tex to run away.
Per his character, he runs to the wrong place at the wrong time, the city and an old friend of his brother who has built a life dealing drugs. The already upset Tex unwittingly arrives at a drug-deal gone bad, getting shot in the process. The shooting ironically causes a healing for his family, and an acceptance of the truth. The whole family learns to look past it and move on, growing.
Sharp-eyed readers will be able to find out what happened to Mark from "That Was Then, This is Now," as well as his particular relationship to Tex, unbeknownst to all.
I intend to give this to my son soon, for its lessons of blood being thicker than water, the dangers of drugs, and the inevitableness of growing up.
Throughout the story, S. E. Hinton does an extraordinary job of making his audience feel exactly what the characters in the story are. As the characters go through the story they feel many different things. Some of these feelings include love, hate, and lots of confusion. He does an interesting job of helping the readers to understand what is going on inside the mind of the fifteen-year-old. He moves each character through the story in such a way that it makes the reader not want to put down the book. The story is filled with much emotion as Tex and his brother face their many problems.
Tex's problems begin as soon as his brother sells his horse. Then, only after a hitchhiker kidnaps them, do the brothers begin to really pull together. This life threatening ordeal brings them closer to each other. Along with an interesting storyline, S. E. Hinton does a wonderful job of helping the reader to understand what is going on. With many twists and turns, the storyline becomes clear and the book becomes more intriguing to read.
This is a great book for young readers who do not want to read a lengthy book, but one that delivers much feeling and emotion.
I really liked this book. There was lots of action throughout the whole book. I got really confused a few times in the book, and I would have to go back and reread the part a few times so that I knew what was going on. I think that it takes a few chapters to get into the story so if you're like that, don't give up on it. Trust me, the book gets really good. After the first couple of chapters, I just couldn't put it down! I recommend this book to anybody that likes to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mine arrived before it was supposed to, along with "Taming The Star Runner", and "Rumble Fish" all of them came in PERFECT condition, and they were all pretty good.Published 2 months ago by jasmine
I like how this book kept the plot real and relatable S.E.Hintons style never gets old, I would definitely recommend it to young adults every where.Published 3 months ago by Sharon E. Bachmann
The book was written well the characters are great and has a mix of love,story and action This was the best book I have read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James
Tex shows us yet another side of life in teenagers' lives. It is an easy read, captivating but not overwhelming with a few surprises thrown in.Published 6 months ago by Audra Branson
I wish this woman had continued to write. As a young lady (16), she wrote a best seller "The Outsiders" which became a really great movie that launched several major stars... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Susannah St Clair Foxy Loxy