I read this on the strength of The Outsiders and was not disappointed. This is nothing like her others and is in fact, not the type of book I'd normally go for but in the end I loved it. I read it much quicker than i normally would have because I just had to know what happened next. Definitely recommended!
An orphan and a bastard, Jamie 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.
A dark, sometimes amuseing tale with an interesting concept, but you'll have to read it to find out...I read in one sitting!
Few books I read compel me to write a review on here. This book is not one of them. This is truly another good story by SE Hinton. Having read several others in grade school and now picking up this book 20 or so years later, I still enjoy this writer as much as I did when I was very young. The story was a bit odd in the beginning; the meeting and subsequent (forced?) friendship of a psychiatric patient and a vampire who eventually seems more human. The ending is heartbreaking and completely unexpected!
The jacket was a little misleading. Here I thought it would be a story about a guy getting psychiatric therapy, and it was a story about vampires. Still good though!
Erasing age and genre barriers, prize-winning, bestselling YA author Hinton turns out a dark, funny, scary, suspenseful tale that will entertain mainstream and adventure/horror readers alike. Jamie Sommers is orphaned at the age of eight in 1950 and sent to live with some nasty nuns until graduating as a troubled young man to a life at sea. After surviving a number of life-threatening adventures in exotic ports, he ends up in the small town of Hawkes Harbor on the Delaware coast, where he stumbles into a situation so dire his entire life is changed in a manner of minutes. His new employer, the mysterious Grenville Hawke, lord of Hawkes Hall, known to Jamie as It, the Thing and the Vampire, almost kills Jamie, then goes on to enslave him for years to come. Moving back and forth through time, Hinton twists and shapes her bleak material until the story and the reader's expectations have been turned upside down. This is an adult novel, meaning that Hinton gets to write sex scenes and use the word fuck when she wants to, but the basic elements that made her 30-year-old book TheOutsiders a long-time bestseller are present in this rousing read. This is a contemporary Treasure Island with a genre-bending twist.
This book is written as a fictional biography. Jamie Sommers has been abused both as a child and an adult. The story skips around from his encounters with a vampire, to his life as a sailor on the sea, to being held in two sanitariums, and being terrified of the night, to his child hood, and back to the relationship he devolopes with the now reformed vampire. I thought the book was good, if slow moving. It was unlike any book I've read before. I know it was written in a biographical style, birth life and death, but as a reader I just kept hoping Jamie's life would get better. Then he dies just before the end of the book. I thought Hawkes Harbor was interesting. It was strange and different, but it was interesting. Does this review help?
A story about a vampire that is actually pretty beleivable.
This strange and chilling novel by S.E. Hinton (author of "The Outsiders") is NOT for teens! (Her other books have been for teens or children.) I can't say that this is my favorite book of all time, but I couldn't put it down. It held me captive. I liked the characters very much and wanted Hinton to write another 289 pages.
An orphan and a bastard, Jamie 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.
This description really doesn't do this book justice. It's wonderfully suspenseful, I just couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It was a terrific read.
OK, but it's no "Outsiders". If it had been writen by anyone else I don't think I would have been disappointed, I was just expecting so much more.
Outstanding book. Hope Hinton does more of these books.
a vampire story. I had read Hinton's other books and thought I'd try this. It is okay. It is definitely an adult story, not for junior high schoolers. I was expecting a horror story. It's not a horror story at all, but it was okay. If you grew up on Hinton and want to try it to experience her older writing style, it is worth the read.
The only thing I really knew about S. E. Hinton before I picked up this title was that she had written a classic book for young adults, THE OUTSIDERS.
HAWKES HARBOR is definitely not what I would consider a book for young adults.
A rough and ready young man with few friends knocks around the world. He gets by on either side of the law, not really caring which side his next job falls on. Then a combination of bad decisions and bad luck lands him in a situation so terrifying that his mind retreats from reality, and he isn't sure he wants to make his way back.
The writing is spare and clear---the actions make you want to check the locks on your doors and windows.
Do not read this book when you are alone at night...
From dust cover: 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 anything, he's survived foreign prisons, pirates, and a shark attack. But in a quiet seaside town in Delaware, Jamie discovered something that was enough to drive him insane-and change his life forever.
This book was not what I expected at all, but it was a great story.
Spooky story. Demons, psychosis or vampires? 6 CDs. Unabridged. Great for a long commute.
I got this book from a 2 for 1 deal and was so happy I did. I just could not put it down. What a great read.
when i read this book i really liked it. i also like other books by s.e. hinton.
A powerful story of an orphan that grows up to encounter vampires and pirates. Great!
Written more for teens this book held my interest. I liked the main character even though he was a bit of a rapscallion. Weird twist on the vampire story.
I loved loved her early books (esp Tex) but this wasn't up to her usual standard, imho.
An orphan and a bastard, Jamie grew up tough enough to handle anything. He survived foreign prisons, smuddlers, pirates, gunrunners, and shark attacks... But what he found in the small town of Hawkes harbor was almost enough to drive him insane - and change his life forever.
a dark funny scary suspensful tale that will entertain you. an orphan, and a bastard, jamie grew up tough enough to handle anything.
I didn't like it really at all. It's strange and quite boring.
I was so surprised to have happened upon a book by SE Hinton that I had never read or even heard of before, I couldn't help but scoop it right up. I must tell you from the beginning--this book is about vampires, or at least one vampire in particular. The description did not, in any way mention this fact. Fortunately it is not about how vampires live or prey, but instead a very different aspect of their lives. It was a quick read that kept me coming back for more. In the end I was not sorry I had read it, but I have to admit, I was hoping for so much more. This book is NOTHING at all like the SE Hinton of the past.
I'm waiting for the next book... =)
What comes to mind when I say âS.E. Hintonâ? The Outsiders. Pony Boy. âNothing gold can stay.â Maybe Rumble Fish. Or Matt Dillon.
But what aboutâ¦vampires?
After Susan (!) E. Hinton's iconic books, The Outsiders (1967), That Was Then, This is Now (1971), and Rumble Fish (1975), she kept writing. And one of the novels she wrote, in 2004, was Hawkes Harbor.
I listened to this book on CD. After the first disc, I thought I'd be listening to the tale of a troubled young man, very similar to those titles I just mentioned. We get a glimpse of Jamie Sommers' childhood, then his wild times as a sailor and smuggler. We know he has gotten into trouble because he's telling all this to a psychiatrist in a mental institution.
However, on disc two, things get weird. The book becomes a classic tale ofâ¦boy meets vampire.
TL;DR ***SPOILER ALERT*** Boy meets vampire. Vampire enslaves boy. Boy goes crazy. Vampire commits boy to asylum. Both boy and vampire are cured. They become besties and live happily ever after.
WHAT the WHAT???
First of all, vampire gets cured? I had to make sure I hadn't skipped a disc when this just casually came up. While Jamie is âaway,â the vampire somehow meets AND IS CURED BY a doctor/historian named Louisa.
So the relationship of SLAVE to MASTER becomes just another friendly employer/employee, roommates in a big, haunted house kind of thing, with a casual mention of Stockholm syndrome. No big deal, right? The two men even go on a cruise together, where they both find romantic and sexual adventure.
My only way of processing this is to think that Ms. Hinton was somehow, consciously or unconsciously, writing an allegory about child abuse. Our vampire, Grenville Hawkes, is the abusive parent, and Jamie the child. Jamie is absolutely traumatized by Grenville's abuse, is helpless to escape it, and therefore copes as best he can. However, when Grenville âreforms,â Jamie gradually comes to trust him, and they have a mutually respectful relationship. Is this possible in formerly abusive parent/child relationships? I don't know if it's common, but I've heard of it in my own extended family.
The attempt falls flat, though. Too much telling, not showing, especially about important relationships. For example, you can never tell if Louisa's attitude toward Jamie on a given day will be bossy or fond. No real development happens for her, she just shifts personalities as needed for each scene.
So anyway, if you want to read a vampire tale that does not have sparkly skin or werewolves, but does have male bonding on a cruise ship, give it a try. It may be the weirdest book you've read all year.
This was in interesting read in the premise, but it fell short. Jamie gets bitten by a "vampire" but he himself doesn't become one. In the long run, he becomes friends with the man who bit him who, for some unknown reason (never explained how this allegedly happens) reverts back to being human. I had to double check to be sure this audio CD wasn't abbreviated (it's not) because there are so many gaps in the story. Disappointing.
This book kept my interest from the start. I really like it and was sad when it ended.