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Rumble Paperback – February 2, 2016
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Matthew Turner knows it doesn’t get better.
His younger brother Luke was bullied mercilessly after one of Matt’s friends outed Luke to the whole school, and when Luke called Matt—on the brink of suicide—Matt was too wrapped up in his new girlfriend to answer the phone. Now Luke is gone, and Matt’s family is falling apart.
No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting those he blames off the hook—including himself. As Matt spirals further into bitterness, he risks losing Hayden, the love of his life. But when her father begins to pressure the school board into banning books because of their homosexual content, he begins to wonder if he and Hayden ever had anything in common.
With brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance, bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s Rumble explores bullying and suicide in a powerful story that examines the value of forgiveness and reconciliation.
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"Hopkins’s realistic, truthful approach to bullying, religion, and homosexuality make this a powerful story for even the most reluctant readers." ― School Library Journal
"Hopkins’ many fans... [will find] catharsis and comfort in her portrayal of teens facing and surviving myriad societal problems. Fans wait eagerly for the next Hopkins book, and this one will be no exception." ― Booklist
"Hopkins again tackles hot-button subjects through free verse, taking on cyberbullying, censorship, the role of religion, and the difficulties of veterans returning from war.... Hopkins expertly documents Matt’s increasing ability to accept and love others in his life, and eventually himself." ― Publishers Weekly
"The free verse is the perfect form to capture the intense emotions Matthew feels...and those who will find solace in Matthew’s journey, however, will certainly connect with this novel." ― VOYA
About the Author
- Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (February 2, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1442482850
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442482852
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Lexile measure : HL730L
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins. She is truly an inspiration. All the material she publishes is absolutely amazing and this one met my expectations to the highest level. This book takes you on a roller-coaster ride dealing with issues such as: suicide, PTSD, depression, beliefs, and trust in another person. It hits heavily on all of these topics in a mere 540 pages, yet still astonishes. The main character, Matthew, is completely relatable. While you may not have his beliefs on religion, he still has many flaws that anyone can attach to and find a similarity.
In conclusion, this is definitely an amazing book written by and amazing author. This book sure delivers its, "I did not see that coming"s and "Woah" moments. This is a gem. I am sad that her next YA, verse novel will not be released for two more years, because this, like all of her fiction books, leaves me thirsty for more!
The only downside to this story for me, is that it's about a young, troubled, white, handsome atheist. The character is flawed nicely, but as a female of color, it's a plot I've read far too often. Honestly, if this was a book written in another style, or by another author, I wouldn't have read it. It's a twisting book, interesting, and sometimes it gave me mixed feelings. I actually like that about the book. It wasn't predictable in a good way, although I've read characters in his stream so much in my life. I wish I could give it five full stars, but I can't.
By Amazon Customer on January 28, 2021
This is a book about a teenager Matthew dealing with the aftermath of his younger brothers suicide who was bullied for being gay up until the point of suicide where Matthew found his body where he hanged himself. Also pilling on to this is his parents crippling relationship which was already fragile to begin with as they were forced to get married after his mother became pregnant with him. Also on this is his girlfriend Hayden ( who i hate so much) who is the cause of his brothers bullying as she told her friend about him being gay and she started the rumors which ended up as bullying and ultimately suicide.
This story drove me to tears many times throughout the book and i loved the story and could not stop reading it.
i loved the writing style which was easy to get into and made the book fly past while reading.
If you didn't get that i loved this book from above i will say it again i loved this book so much.