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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
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- 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: #195,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The spark of light in his life is his girlfriend Hayden, although it is fairly easy for the reader to dislike her from the very beginning. As she grows in her faith, she puts distance between herself and Matt, becoming the epitome of the person that he so dislikes. Matt tells us that the two of them have been together for quite a while, that she greatly aided him in his recovery and emotional healing, that things used to be quite different between them. Good times are hinted at, but never actually shown. I personally felt nothing but disdain and resentment for Hayden. There was absolutely no ambivalence at all.
Then there is Alexa, Hayden's ex best friend and an object of lust for Matt. Once again, it's quite clear to the reader that this is who Matt should really be pursuing. Although not a perfect person, she is quite perfect for him. A little too perfect, if you ask me. Her character is written to easily make us like and accept her, to make it especially easy for us to justify Matt cheating on Hayden.
His parents are so bad it's almost unbelievable. His mother is detached and selfish; his father is punishing and volatile. Neither outwardly exhibits any remorse for their son's suicide or for their living son's struggle. The father is more concerned about reconnecting with his college girlfriend and his mother is more immersed in opening a boutique with her sister.
All in all, Matt does not have good friends, nor does he have good family. It's incredibly understandable how he has grown to be so cynical, hateful, and just angry. Although I hated reading it, even his ongoing relationship with Hayden is understandable. Of course he doesn't want to let go of the one good thing in his life, or at least in his eyes is the one good thing.
As all of Ellen Hopkins's other books, this is very well-written. However, I struggle to like it as I did all of the other ones. It's not that I find it boring or dragging or any other thing like that. It's more that the book's description led me to believe it was going to be about his struggle to overcome his family and peers, his struggle to discover his own faith, and his struggle to surmount the tragedy that has befallen him.
Those struggles do happen, but the overcoming and the discovering and the surmounting do not. At least not until the very end. His moral questions and change of heart do not show up until the climax, which is roughly 30 pages from the end in a 560 page book. Intended to be a grey world, it is instead very black and white. There are Matt's versions of good and evil, and never once does he waver from these beliefs until a new tragedy forces him to.
When he finally does have his questions, it is the result of a horrible accident. There is no question in my mind that his faltering would not have come about had it not been for an accident. Furthermore, people tend to be grateful for life after such an event and they do change, but sometimes just for a short while.
By the time his questions and inner changes come about, they are so close to the end that they are unbelievable. They are especially not welcome changes as he has spent over 500 pages making us hate and resent the other people in his life and making us believe in the absoluteness of his views. The transition is much too sudden, rendering it fantastical. This element of falsehood is especially disappointing, as all of Ellen Hopkins's other books have left me breathless with the stark reality they portray.
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.