This is the title by Hopkins I'd say I enjoyed the least. It was still well-written and about a touchy subject. It is still very much so worth the read.
This is the first book by Ellen Hopkins that I've read - now I see why she is SO popular with our students! She deals with controversial topics and Rumble is no exception. The central character is Matt, whose parents are barely speaking to each other, his girlfriend is becoming a bit distant as her church exerts a greater influence, he no longer speaks to his best friend and his younger brother Luke has died after committing suicide following being bullied for being gay. So he has quite a bit to deal with! Matt is understandably angry, but he is a sensible guy and is easy to emphathise with. This is a real book about real teens with real problems in their lives. The verse novel format makes it a less dense read than it might otherwise be, and the issues are handled incredibly well by the author (IMHO). This book deserves to be widely read
Matt doesn't believe in God or faith, especially not after his younger brother killed himself after being bullied for being gay, not after his family isn't a family anymore and not after everything in his life has been turned upside down. No matter what his Christian girlfriend says about faith, Matt isn't gonna start believing. After Matt is placed in a horrific event that plunges him into a dark and silent place he hears a rumble that makes him question everything he’s ever disbelieved in before.
This author likes to dive into hard subjects and this book is no different. This deals with the topics of religion, family issues and suicide making it a mature read. I like how the author writes in poems which makes it very interesting to read and makes it feel like it's faster paced because you just want to keep reading. The characters are full of depth and really help the story line and make you feel for them. I feel like this is a book many people can relate to due to the number of issues involved in this book. Rating 2.5 out of 5 stars
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Another very good book by Ellen Hopkins. She writes on very interesting topics and makes it hard to put the book down . Fantastic Author .
Hopkins challenges the reader to think about tough topics . Another great book by Hopkins
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