Publisher: McElderry Books
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Rating: 5 STARS
RUMBLE, by Ellen Hopkins, tells the story of Matthew Turner, who no longer has faith in anything. Bullying led his younger brother to suicide, his parents hardly pay attention to him or each other, and he is starting to second guess the relationship he has with his beautiful Hayden. Most of all, Matt does not have faith or believe in some god, creator, or supernatural all-knowing being. If there were such a thing, then why would he let Matt suffer so much? Due to all of the recent events, Matt decides to just go with the flow. Whatever happens will happen, and there is nothing he can do about it. But how do you go through life without believing in anything, without your brother whom you loved, and without parents to help and guide you? Matt has all but given up when a horrific tragedy shakes his world even more and causes a rumble that will force him to rethink all the choices and beliefs that he has cast aside.
Once again, Ellen Hopkins has blown me away. Her writing is beautiful, and I found myself deeply invested in the characters she created. RUMBLE made me think about my personal beliefs and some of the decisions that I have made. Hopkins, whose books are written in verse, mixed up her writing style to include excerpts from an essay the main character, Matt, had written. RUMBLE was a little different from the other books that Hopkins has released. Though she still pushed Matt to his limits, this novel was not as dramatic or graphic as some of her others have been. I have read and enjoyed every book this author has published, and without a doubt, RUMBLE has taken the place of being my favorite.
Favorite line: "Anyway, be very careful of the blame game. It can get you into all kinds of trouble. And it's always possible that you're wrong."
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