"Tex," is one of S. E. Hinton's best books, according to most critics. It is the story of two brothers, Tex and Mason McCormick.
The story is about their struggles to come together as brothers and as a family. Tex is aware that his father treats him differently from Mason but he doesn't understand why. When his brother, Mason, sells their horses Tex is upset and he and Mason fight. It is not their first disagreement nor their last.
There are many characters in the book and the story is told from the First Person point of view. Tex is the protagonist and his growth as a teenager to a young man is a big part of the story. He gets drunk, gets involved with a dangerous hitchhiker, tries dangerous stunts on a motorcycle, and gets involved with Lem who turns out to be a drug dealer.
Tex has a girlfriend named Jamie and their story is also part of the story line. She cares for Tex, but she is not going to end up in this small town. She has bigger plans.
This is a good novel for teens to read. The novel discusses the changes that take place in people, families, and friendships. It teaches the importance of all types of education. The story is mostly about love and trust between friends, brothers, and family.