Rumble by Ellen Hopkins



Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Ellen Hopkins, known for her unique layout of writing, by that I mean if you just open to a page you might think you’re going to be reading poetry but the story reads like a book!  Hopkins uses sparse, clear prose, uses visual imagery through her poetry and tackles difficult issues.  Her books are directed toward young adults and teens.  The language is pretty strong, but we are dealing with real life/real world issues here.

In Rumble we follow the life of Matthew Turner, a teenager who doesn’t have faith in anything.  He is living his life without his brother who just recently committed suicide due to being bullied and Matthew cannot let go of his anger towards the people responsible.  When a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble…a rumble that wakes him up, calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question.

There are several layers of story in this novel. Aside from suicide, religion, sexuality, and Matt’s depression, we also touch on PTSD and the effects of war in Matt’s uncle’s story. This was maybe not totally necessary to the overall story, but it gave us a poignant side-story with a character who seemed to actually understand Matt.

Overall, I loved where this book started and where it ended.  All of the characters came so far. This book really makes you think and it has such a good message to the readers.  Ellen Hopkins is a great author who likes to write about serious issues teens and even adults may face in their lives.

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