Rumble Fish, by S.E. Hinton is the sequel to The Outsiders. The characters names are
different, but it is still taken place in the same time period. In the story Rumble Fish,
Rusty James is a greaser who has a lot of fights in and out of school. He meets up with
the Motorcycle Boy and whenever Rusty is in a big situation or fight, the Motorcycle Boy
always helps him out. Rusty isn't a great kid. He has a police record and has been
suspended for possession of a knife. Bad things can happen to you if you don't have a
knife in certain situations. For example, Rusty was in a fight and it was going to be
fought with knives. Nobody in his group had one, so Rusty lost. Then he met the Motorcycle
Boy and everything was back to normal until the big fight. Rusty got hit, stabbed, and
knocked out. Usually the Motorcycle Boy would help him out, but instead he wasn't there,
nowhere to be seen. Rusty was put in the hospital.
The main conflict in the story is Rusty James, and his fighting all of the time. It isn't
good for him or his reputation. Rusty usually wins and someone always is looking to beat
him at his own game, which is fighting, Rusty's specialty!