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Title:
Rumble
Author:
Hopkins, Ellen.
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Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
546 pages ; 19 cm
Summary:
Eighteen-year-old Matt's atheism is tested when, after a horrific accident of his own making that plunges him into a dark, quiet place, he hears a voice that calls everything he has ever disbelieved into question.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
HL 730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 5.5 17 Quiz: 63477.
ISBN:
9781442482845

9781442482852
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Book

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Summary

Does it get better? The New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks explores the highly charged landscapes of bullying and forgiveness with brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance.

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 story that explores the worth of forgiveness and reconciliation.


Author Notes

Ellen Hopkins was born in Long Beach, California on March 26, 1955. She started her writing career with a number of nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written about 20 non-fiction books. Her first novel, Crank, was written in verse and met with critical acclaim. Her other fiction works include Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Collateral, Smoke and Traffick, which made the New York Times Best-Seller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Hopkins' wildly popular novels in verse have covered a wide range of topics, from drug abuse to eating disorders. Here she focuses on faith, through the voice of cynical high-school senior Matthew Turner, whose gay younger brother was bullied into suicide. As the marriage of his alcoholic parents dissolves, Matt turns to his beautiful and very religious girlfriend, Hayden, but finds her pulling away, drawn to her church youth group's dynamic young minister. Secondary characters and plot elements bring in the hot topic of gun control, and the violent climax returns the focus to faith and spirituality. Though set in a small, rural Oregon town, Hopkins' novel taps into common themes of contemporary teen life, with dialogue and details that will speak to teens everywhere. The resolution is tidy and hurried, but Hopkins' many fans won't complain, finding catharsis and comfort in her portrayal of teens facing and surviving myriad societal problems. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans wait eagerly for the next Hopkins book, and this one will be no exception.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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. At the center of her overstuffed but well-constructed story is smart, opinionated 18-year-old Matt, who is struggling with anger and a disintegrating family following the suicide of his gay younger brother, Luke. Matt leans on his girlfriend, Hayden, for support, while raging against her religion and the evangelical Christians whose bullying he blames for Luke's death. When Hayden's father tries to get the school board to remove copies of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Matt counters that "Maybe if the kids who drove [Luke] over the brink had read the right books, they would've understood that being gay doesn't make you bad or even different." A violent twist very late in the story leaves Matt with new, life-altering challenges-something that he makes peace with rather suddenly, given the circumstances. Still, Hopkins expertly documents Matt's increasing ability to accept and love others in his life, and eventually himself. Ages 14-up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Matt's gay brother Luke committed suicide because he couldn't take the bullying any more. Matt blames everyone for his brother's death: his friends, his dysfunctional parents, and the middle school teachers and counselors who did nothing to halt the torment Luke experienced daily. The protagonist's temper is perpetually balanced on a knife's edge, and it takes very little to push him into a rage. Matt's only peace comes when he is with his girlfriend, Hayden. However, she seems to be pulling away to spend more time with God and her youth group, many members of whom were Luke's worst bullies. Matt has no faith in an imaginary deity and no forgiveness for those who used their theology to justify their abuse of his brother. His hatred is eating him up inside, but he can't let it go or he'll have to confront the real reason for his anger. Hopkins's latest novel in verse is timely and poignant. Matt is a wonderfully faceted character that readers will alternately sympathize with and dislike. His actions are directly related to his emotional turmoil, and teens will understand his pain and admire his intellect, even while shaking their heads over his actions. The work doesn't gloss over uncomfortable or difficult topics. Hopkins's realistic, truthful approach to bullying, religion, and homosexuality make this a powerful story for even the most reluctant readers.-Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Rumble In the Narrow Pewter Space Between the gray of consciousness and the obsidian where dreams ebb and flow, there is a wishbone window. And trapped in its glass, a single silver shard of enlightenment. It is this mystics search for. The truth of the Holy Grail. It is this believers pray for. The spark, alpha and omega. It is this the gilded claim to hold in the cups of their hands. But what of those who plunge into slumber, who snap from sleep's embrace? What of those who measure their tomorrows with finite numbers, cross them off their calendars one by one? Some say death is a doorway, belief the key. Others claim you only have to stumble across the threshold to glimpse a hundred billion universes in the blink of single silver shard. Excerpted from Rumble by Ellen Hopkins All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.