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!
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!
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.
A story about a vampire that is actually pretty beleivable.
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.
Outstanding book. Hope Hinton does more of these books.
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.
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.
I loved loved her early books (esp Tex) but this wasn't up to her usual standard, imho.
This book was not what I expected at all, but it was a great story.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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... =)
Tor Books 2004 - "First Edtion" paper back. ---- I found myself confused at times where she was going with the story. But it all worked out in the end. S.E. Hinton has not lost her beautiful way with words and the bringing out of emotions.