Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

# of Pages: 546

Genre: Contemporary

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Is this a series? If so, will I continue?

No, this is not a series, but I will definitely be checking out more of Ellen Hopkins’ books.

Do I recommend this book?

Yes, but you must know that it is written in free verse. I personally think the free verse made the story better. This book also deals with dark topics, so be aware of that.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9

Pace: 10

Plot development: 9

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Can an atheist be saved? The New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks explores the highly charged landscapes of faith and forgiveness with brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance.

“There is no God, no benevolent ruler of the earth, no omnipotent grand poobah of countless universes. Because if there was…my little brother would still be fishing or playing basketball instead of fertilizing cemetery vegetation.”

Matthew Turner doesn’t have faith in anything.

Not in family—his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when things get tough. Not in some all-powerful creator who lets too much bad stuff happen. And certainly not in some “It Gets Better” psychobabble.

No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about faith and forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting go of blame. He’s decided to “live large and go out with a huge bang,” and whatever happens happens. But 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.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This book was pretty dark and sad, but it was honest. It addresses a lot of issues a lot of teens face on a regular basis.

I really loved the way it was written. Ellen Hopkins writes in free verse, and I think it really added nicely to the story.

There were some aspects of the book that I didn’t like though. First, this book kind of portrays Christianity in a very negative way. Second, Matt makes a lot of decisions that I did not approve of.

This book also went in a very different direction than I was expecting, but I liked it. I honestly kind of wish there’d be a sequel. I’d read it.

I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this book. It was good, and I do recommend it. I don’t usually like to read this super dark, sad stories, but this one was good.


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