Ellen Hopkins “Rumble” Review + Win a “Decade of Ellen” Prize Pack from Teens Wanna Know!
What does it take to get back your faith — in yourself?
In Rumble, the latest book from #1 New York Times Bestselling YA Author Ellen Hopkins, the main character — 18-year-old Matthew Turner — attempts to find out, as he deals with the recent suicide of his homosexual little brother, his parents’ difficult marriage, problems with his girlfriend, and a lack of belief in any kind of higher power.
Rumble touches many hot topics teens and their families are facing today in a non-preachy way. Obviously, sexual orientation and suicide are two of them, as are teen relationships, religious beliefs, school politics, gun control, and post-traumatic stress disorder in friends who have been shipped to fight overseas. There is a lot going on in this book, but Hopkins weaves the different character’s lives together in expert fashion, making even the minor characters interesting. The ending tragedy is foreshadowed, but it and the aftermath are satisfying and poignant nonetheless.
Rumble is written in verse — somewhat like a free-flowing, train-of-thought poem — which makes it remarkably easy to read. Although it is over 500 pages, it can be finished quickly, as the author keeps things moving and avoids heavy-handed moral lessons.
Because of the subject matter, the book is recommended for teens 14 and above. The book has a publication date of August 26, 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s.
Teens Wanna Know overall rating: 7 out of 10
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About the Author
“Since the release of Crank, Ellen Hopkins has continued to write powerful verse fiction that has been impacting readers for the last decade. You can find Reading Group Guides and more information about all of her YA titles here:
“Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Smoke, and Rumble, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative.
“For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.”
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