Some of Tim's Stories

Some of Tim's Stories

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by S. E. Hinton

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In some of S. E. Hinton's strongest writing ever comes a profound and wry compilation of fourteen short stories. Terry and Mike are cousins whose families are almost seamlessly intertwined. Raised as close as brothers and living happy childhoods, neither one thinks of what can go wrong. But the unexpected deaths of both their fathers catapult their lives in two

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In some of S. E. Hinton's strongest writing ever comes a profound and wry compilation of fourteen short stories. Terry and Mike are cousins whose families are almost seamlessly intertwined. Raised as close as brothers and living happy childhoods, neither one thinks of what can go wrong. But the unexpected deaths of both their fathers catapult their lives in two very different directions. Terry finds trouble with the law, while Mike lives his life racked with guilt and sadness. In her first book in four years, The Outsiders author S. E. Hinton gives readers a gritty view of how one incident, one tragedy, affects two boys very differently, and changes their lives forever.

Editorial Reviews

Stephanie Zacharek
Hinton may never top The Outsiders. But by telling it like it was, she left a record of the way things were — a record that can’t be revised or erased, even after we’ve crushed that last Marlboro box and left it behind forever.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Author of the 1967 YA bestseller The Outsidersand its sequels, several children's books and the adult novel Hawkes Harbor(2004), Hinton offers a thin collection of 14 connected short-short stories that explore the divergent lives of two close cousins whose fathers are killed in car accident when the boys are adolescents. When the cousins are both 25, a drug deal goes wrong: Terry is imprisoned, while Mike gets away, living a fugitive life in Oklahoma as a bartender and bouncer. The tales move back and forth in time: "The Sweetest Sound" describes nine-year-old Mike's being awakened during the night when his father, a war vet, cries out in his sleep; while "Full Moon Birthday" finds the boys sharing Mike's first legal drink and a friendly older woman. Later stories delve into Mike's dead-end, often dangerous job at the bar, and his attempt at striking up a friendship with his pretty adult-ed instructor. Finally, Terry gets out of prison to a tense homecoming. Hinton is clearly aiming for terse, but what's here feels bare bones; interviews with the author take up more space than these plainspoken tales. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
Less than half of this book is devoted to short stories, 14 of them that Hinton has written, from "Tim's" point of view, about two close-as-twins cousins, Mike and Terry. Though the short stories are supposed to be able to stand alone, one cannot help but read on, hoping that questions about the characters' situations will be answered, some of which are; others are not. Hinton gets into the head of Mike and reveals his guilt and remorse as he laments his cousin's tough luck at being the only one who got caught dealing drugs during the few minutes Mike left the vehicle to run an errand. While Mike awaits Terry's release, he tries and fails in several relationships, except the one with Jack Daniels, and takes a few courses at a local college while tending bar. Though the stories begin when Mike and Terry are children, many of the stories take place after high school. Hinton's sophisticated, clean, terse writing and subtle themes may be too oblique for most young adult readers. The rest of the book consists of a five-part interview with Hinton, as conducted by Teresa Miller, an editor of the Oklahoma Stories & Storytellers series. Hinton fans will enjoy reading her behind-the-scenes comments and will gain additional insights about her as a writer. Reviewer: Maggie Chase
School Library Journal

Adult/High School
The stories in this book are all spare, less than 1000 words in length. Hinton takes her typical teen protagonists just a few years down the line into their mid-20s. They are a bit bitter and lacking in hope, but still retain a spark. The themes-prison rape, alcoholism, and adult despair-require maturity in a reader. Even so, there is humor and humanity, and Hinton's voice is both lucid and familiar. The book has a complicated premise involving the mysterious Tim, who is never mentioned anywhere except in the title. It's the significance this "barely there" character holds for Hinton that is intriguing and about which readers learn in the engaging interviews that make up the second half of the volume. She says, "You'd be surprised at how much you don't need in a story." Her paring down of words has resulted in tales that are immediate and gripping; they engage readers and push them to fill in the empty spaces, which are as thoughtfully crafted as the narratives. The plain-spoken language of this book makes it an excellent choice for struggling readers.
—Emma ColemanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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University of Oklahoma Press
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Stories and Storytellers Series
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Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

S. E. Hinton's career as an author began while she was still a student in high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Disturbed by the clashes of the two gangs in her high school, the Greasers and the Socs, Hinton wrote The Outsiders, an honest, sometimes shocking novel told from the point of view of a 14-year-old Greaser names Ponyboy Curtis. The Outsiders was published during Hinton's freshman year at college, and was an immediate sensation. The book was also made into a film in 1983, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring budding young stars Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, and Rob Lowe. The overnight success of The Outsiders brought a lot of pressure, resulting in a three-year-long writer's block. Her boyfriend (now husband) eventually helped break this block by suggesting she write two pages a day before going anywhere. This ultimately led to her second novel, That Was Then, This Is Now, which was also made into a film in 1985, starring Emilio Estevez. Ms. Hinton went on to write several other novels, including Rumble Fish and Tex. In 1988, she was awarded the first ever Margaret A. Edwards Award, given in honor of "an author whose book or books, over a period of time, have been accepted by young people as an authentic voice that continues to illuminate their experiences and emotions, giving insight into their lives." S. E. Hinton still lives in Oklahoma with her husband, where she enjoys writing, riding horses, and taking courses at the university.

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Some of Tim's Stories 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Doughnuts More than 1 year ago
Mike and Terry are cousins who are raised as brothers. Mike's real name is Tim, who's telling the story. He refers to himself as mike. Everything changes for them when their fathers are killed in a car accident. Mike lives a life of guilt and sadness while Terry finds trouble with the law. S.E. Hinton has written many great books including "The Outsiders". I have read a few, however "Some of Tim's Stories" is my favorite. The book starts out slow but once you start reading it, you can't put it down. The novel is sad and very realistic. The story ends letting you decide the main character's fait, so there's no sad endings or perfect endings. The book is similar to "That Was Then, This is Now", by S.E. Hinton. Both are about two boys who are like brothers and their drama growing up. Read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It took me about an hour to read the acctual story, this book was so good!! It's about a man named Tim, who is writing down some of his life stories (hence the name) he never uses his real name, but refers to himself as 'Mike'. All the stories are out of order and kind of about different things, but all the stories have ties to the same plot, Tim has overwhelming guilt after his cousin (who's more like a brother) is sent to jail, when Tim desvers to be there just as much. I understood it, even just being thirteen. This isn't anything like her other books, but, is just as good.
muffins15 More than 1 year ago
to cousins basically raised like brothers. Tim the narrator in the story (is known as mike in the story). Terry the other main character in the story.. Mike becomes depressed and very emotional, terry becomes very known to the law, and gets arrested. suddenly, things take a turn for the worst terry's and mike's fathers die in a brutal car accident. Mike becomes depressed and very emotional, terry becomes very known to the law, and gets arrested. To get rid of the terrible emotions mike starts drinking heavily. mike finally gets out it of jail and mike and terry reunite. Your final review in my over all review I think it was a great book and would recommend it to anyone who is just trying to find a tear jerking , heart stopping, page turning novel! I absolutely congratulate S.E Hinton for this amazing book! She has totally out done her self!
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