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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
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Hardcover, 560 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Christine Riccio
Oct 06, 2014 Christine Riccio rated it really liked it
Sad/depressing at points but strong themes and interesting characters! Here's my full booktalk: http://youtu.be/YXZ6jT3FS_s
Ariel
Oct 03, 2014 Ariel rated it liked it
I just don't know about this one, folks, I just don't know.

There were interesting themes, definitely. I've never read a book that dealt with religion so openly, and this book had interesting ideas about family and love.

However... I just couldn't connect. I didn't care about anyone, I didn't care that much about the plot, and I didn't feel like the results really mattered.

Also, and this, this my friends is the big kicker, I don't understand why this was written in free verse. It didn't serve a si
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Julia

1 controlling star.

RUMBLE, by Ellen Hopkins, tells about the life of 18-year-old Matt, who has been on edge ever since his younger brother Luke committed suicide. Since then, his life has gone to shambles. He's lost his brother, his best friends, his parent's marriage is falling apart and his own relationship with his girlfriend is being tested to an uncomfortable point. Acting out in anger is one of the only ways that Matt can cope with all of these issues and he begins a steady cycle into sel
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Giselle
Jul 30, 2014 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
Having been introduced to the world of verse writing by Ellen's Crank series, I was excited to read some more of her work. While the Crank series will likely always remain my favorite, Rumble was very emotional and touches on important issues.

Ever since his brother committed suicide, Matthew and his family seem like a lost cause. We're introduced to this broken, angry teenage boy who, despite his flaws, burrows into our hearts from the very start. His brother's death has made him extremely angry
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Emma
Mar 12, 2015 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry-verse
I AM VERY MUCH INTRIGUED
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
(3.5)
Janie Johnson
Jun 15, 2015 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I chose to read this book as a break between a more difficult read. I was pretty sure it would be very fluid, and also easy to read. This is Ellen Hopkin's newest release and I have to say I was, again, not disappointed in the content.

This is about a boy named Matthew Turner, who through life had never gained that sense of faith. Faith in god, or faith in people, or even faith in love. His brother's suicide was a product of bullying and Matthew wants to blame everyone and can forgive no one, in
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Kristi
Apr 29, 2014 Kristi rated it really liked it
This was a solid five stars until the ending. It just felt to rushed and to "convenient" but otherwise, I'm always a big fan of Ellen.
Rita
Initial thoughts:

1. The topic of religion was very prominent and interesting to read about.
2. Alexa was a great character that I would have liked to see more of.
3. The family dynamic and also the problems in the Turner family were depicted in an authentic way.
4. The writing could have also been written as an ongoing text, the verse didn't make much sense to me in this one.
5. In the end not all was well, but that was only a part of Matt's life and in real life it isn't always as rosy as well.

Chec
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Abbe Hinder
good

3 Mediocre Clouds

Ellen Hopkins is honestly, one of my favourite authors and whenever she comes out with a new book I get so fucking excited. And believe me, I was extremely excited for Rumble despite the religion aspect of it because I knew that Hopkins would deliver it in a way that would make sense and not feel like something was being shoved down my throat. However, what I wasn't expecting was the complete lack of intensity and emotion that all of her other novels held. For most of it I wa
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Christina
Aug 31, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
This was a very intense book. The topics of religion, suicide, homosexuality are controversial but the Ellen Hopkins has a way of really getting in there and bringing new light to the controversy. I love the way she doesn't avoid writing about these topics. Teen fiction is all over the place and most teens avoid Ellen partly because of the writing style and due to the books being too real. I wish more parents and other adults would read these books and encourage teens to read these. Sometimes re ...more
David
Jan 18, 2015 David rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Anyways, I definitely did not like this much as her other two books that I've read.

The main character, Matt, has lost his brother, Luke recently in this novel. His brother was gay and was bullied to the point of suicide. I thought this was a great topic in my opinion, but the characters were so dreadful at times.

I loved the essays that Matt wrote, they were probably my favorite part of the book. The writing was not as captivating as Impulse and Perfect. I don't like to always compare
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Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book)
I received a copy of this book in exchanged for a honest review. In no way did the author or publishing company influence my review. For info on my book reviews, how I can help promote your book, and rating scale, visit my blog fashion by the book on tumblr.

Ok, I get that everyone loves Ellen Hopkins’. I personally, haven’t read any of her books before Rumble. But if they’re anything like this one, I won’t be reading them anytime soon.

I found Rumble so boring, I couldn’t get through 200 pages. Y
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Liza Wiemer
Thanks to Heidi at YA Bibliophile, who received the ARC and passed it on to me, knowing that I am a huge Ellen Hopkins fan. Thanks, Heidi! Another powerful, impactful novel by the brilliant Ellen Hopkins.

RUMBLE
opens your eyes
to religion,
it's influence
on dating, sex,
homosexuality.
Family broken.
Love a token.
What if Dad
felt trapped
to marry? Not
for love.
Guess why?
Would you protect,
support, defend,
your gay
brother?
Would you stand
against bigots?
Religious zealots
determined to shut
you up? Slap
you do
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Alexa
Apr 14, 2015 Alexa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
I absolutely loved this. This needs to be read with an opened mind, and may not be for religious minded people who do not do well with others who have different religious beliefs..

As well as an open mind to religion, an open mind to homosexuality is needed too because it's a huge topic in this book too. Even though it's 2014, it blows my mind on how our human race still can't accept that people are different and some people are gay.. One: it's nobody else's business and two: everyone has rights
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Leah
Sep 18, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksplosion
3.5 Stars

Poor, poor Luke. To feel like your life will never get better, that the bullies will always win, that no matter what you do, you cannot escape their cruel words and your fragile psyche is punctured and ripped day in and day out, until you can only just give up, is, I’m sure one of the worst, most isolated feelings someone could feel. Especially a kid at the beginning of his life. He should have only had to worry about school and grades, what games he was going to play when he got home,
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Books  R Us
Feb 05, 2015 Books R Us rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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Chella
Aug 04, 2015 Chella rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-blog, read-2015
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 a
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Abdullah Al Birkdar (Patrick)
actual rating 3.5

This book was intense! It starts with a huge bang with Matt's brother's suicide, Matt's grief, and the way he is coping (or NOT coping) with his brother's death.


Rumble tackles a lot of subjects, but I'm afraid it had too many on its plate. It talks about homosexuality, suicide, atheism, what it means to be a true christian (or a religious person in general) and bullying.

Matt is mourning his brother's death, and learning to live with his parents' detachment, and their remarkably
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Zachary
Jan 18, 2016 Zachary rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, lgbtq
This was really good.

-Matt was such an interesting character. He felt so real and genuine that sometimes I forgot that I was reading. It felt like I was the air following him around and personally witnessing the events in this life.

-Ellen has a way with words that is so simplistic yet so powerful

-The plot was very intriguing. I thought that Matt as an atheist was a very bold choice made by Ellen for a character.

-The climax was so unexpected and it had me on the edge of my seat until that one d
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Claudia
What I love about Ellen Hopkins is how fierce she is...how she will go dark places, intense places. She will say what most of us would avoid. And she does it all so young readers see themselves in her work. Chris Crutcher and Cheryl Rainfield have this same courage. It's a courage I envy, and I thank the stars for.

Without this courage, kids would be more isolated from issues of depression, bullying, homosexuality, suicide, PTSD the twin sided sword of revenge and guilt. Kids wouldn't see their o
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Jeretta Hall-Robinson
Sep 04, 2014 Jeretta Hall-Robinson rated it did not like it
I was not a fan of this book. The main character seemed only go on about his girlfriend for the half of the book. Also, there was an underdevelopment of the relationship he had with his brother, which seemed extremely important but was nearly as expounded upon as his relationship with his girlfriend. Also, the climax of the book happened with only 30 pages left in the rest of the book. It had an overall unsatisfying conclusion because it didn't seem as though much changed about his belief system ...more
HNGC Library
Mar 11, 2014 HNGC Library rated it it was amazing
Matthew's world is turned upside down when his brother, Luke, commits suicide. Matthew doesn't handle the tragedy well but his parents handle it even worse. As their marriage finishes unraveling, Matthew blames the world for the events that lead up to Luke's death. Luke was bullied for being gay and Matthew believes that many of the townspeople are at fault for Luke's actions - it takes Matthew a long time to think that he could have been more supportive of Luke as well... and then to realize th ...more
Jennika
I really love this author's style of writing in verse. I can always count on Hopkins for some dark, twisted material laced with controversial topics. I loved that this dealt openly with religion. However, I wasn't very connected to the story. I felt like the main character was almost delusional in his perceptions. This wasn't the best Hopkins book I've ever read, but it was certainly likeable.
Brian
Mar 04, 2015 Brian rated it it was ok
ellen hopkins's novels have really started to resemble stale bread
Erika
Jan 25, 2015 Erika rated it really liked it
More of a 4.5. All I can say is that I'm mindblown.
Alex
May 18, 2015 Alex rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Ellen Hopkins
BOOK CHICK REVIEW

I'm a Christian. That is the sole reason for picking up this book. I must say, I was slightly disappointed in the story because it wasn't exactly as I thought it would be. I went into this book thinking it would be about God and Matthew's journey of believing in God. But it wasn't. It was also very frustrating that when Matthew "hears a rumble" it happens three quarters of the way into the book. I mean, come on, the synopsis for the book says that he hears a rumble and it happen
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Drew The Reviewer
Sep 06, 2015 Drew The Reviewer rated it liked it
This book is decent but the ending of it is one of the worst endings I've ever read. It felt like such a cheap rush and it was also kind of confusing.

While this book has strong themes and messages in it, nothing is resolved by the end of the last page. The main character, Matt, deals with the loss of his brother in this book. His family is a mess and everyone in his town are religious assholes. Matt never resolves his grief or learns to accept death. He just talks about his dead brother over an
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Bailey
Mar 22, 2015 Bailey rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
“Why can’t we just have fun?” But no one,

and no one answered. Pretty much
the story of my life, at least where
my parents are concerned. Too caught
up in their personal tangles of pain,

disappointments, and tomorrows made murky
by yesterdays. I’m damn sure never going to
exist that way. No sir, it’s all about
living fearlessly today.

-Rumble by Ellen Hopkins


Rating: 3.75/5

Matt's hanging on to his sanity by a thread. Everything's been spiraling out of control, and there's no hint of it stopping. H
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Vicki
Dec 07, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Another thought-provoking book in verse by Ellen Hopkins! This author just amazes me, and Rumble is no exception. Many questions are asked; few are answered, but isn't that how life is? There simply are not definitive answers to some questions.

In this book Matt's brother Luke has committed suicide previous to the book's start, and the reader soon discovers that Luke had been bullied due to his sexual orientation. Matt questions throughout the book WHY? Why can't people love others for who they
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Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkin ...more
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