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Ellen Hopkins

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in Long Beach, CA. , The United States
March 26, 1955




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January 2008


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 ellenhopkins.com.

Like most of you here, books are my life. Reading is a passion, but writing is the biggest part of me. Balance is my greatest challenge, as I love my family, friends, animals and home, but also love traveling to meet my readers. Hope I meet many of you soon!

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Ellen Hopkins Get physical! When your body works, your subconscious brain kicks into gear, and that's where creativity lives. Also, it's always good to step away fr…moreGet physical! When your body works, your subconscious brain kicks into gear, and that's where creativity lives. Also, it's always good to step away from your writing when you're blocked, and this makes you do that.(less)
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Crank (Crank, #1)

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Impulse (Impulse, #1)

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Glass (Crank, #2)

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Burned (Burned, #1)

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Tricks (Tricks, #1)

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Fallout (Crank, #3)

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Perfect (Impulse, #2)

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Smoke (Burned, #2)

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TRAFFICK blog tour

Hey everyone. TRAFFICK, the sequel to TRICKS, releases tomorrow, November 3. Check out the TRAFFICK blog tour here:

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“I hate this feeling. Like I'm here, but I'm not. Like someone cares. But they don't. Like I belong somewhere else, anywhere but here, and escape lies just past that snowy window, cool and crisp as the February air.”
Ellen Hopkins, Crank

“Love means holding on to someone just as hard as you can because if you don't, one blink and they might disappear...forever.”
Ellen Hopkins, Impulse

“When you love someone, you don't want to hurt them, even if they deserve to be hurt. When you love someone, you want to hurt them, even when they don't deserve to be hurt.”
Ellen Hopkins, Glass


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message 29: by Maria (last edited May 29, 2015 02:09PM)

Maria I was searching my library near my house to read a book one day. I was looking for something new and then something in the corner of H authors caught my eye. There were huge books all lined up next to each other. I walk over and look at them. I pick up a book and see 'Ellen Hopkins: Impulse' I turn over the book and see the words
on your impulse
Swallow the bottle
Cut a little deeper
Put the gun to your chest "

And I was *gasps* "Oh my God. That must be some deep stuff." I even felt scared holding it. I felt my hand shake and quickly went to the counter to check it out. That's how I got started on these books. I then read Perfect and next Tilt. I still have a lot more to go and for some reason, my library doesn't carry Crank so I'll need to order it from a different library probably.
I want to thank you for accepting my friend request and that I absolutely love your books. You are such a good writer, it's scary. Continue to write.
By the way, I asked a question but I'm not sure you'll answer so I'll write it here: Are you going to write another book for Perfect? When I finished it, I felt like there were still a lot of unanswered questions.

message 28: by Abby

Abby Thanks for accepting my friend request Ellen!

I love your books and I look forward to reading more.

message 27: by Ellen

Ellen Hopkins Hey everyone! Many thanks for helping RUMBLE become a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards. I'd appreciate it if you'd head on over there and vote for it in the YA Fiction category. Please help make it a finalist! Here's the link:


message 26: by Ellen

Ellen Hopkins Joshalyn wrote: "Okay so because I do not see a Questions text box on your page, I am going to ask my question here in the comments:

How come none of your books have been made into movies? Out of every YA author, ..."

I wish I knew, Joshalyn.... there is some interest now, so we'll see.

message 25: by Alyson

Alyson Stone Thank you for accepting my friend request! I really like the Crank books and your writing style!

message 24: by Janie

Janie Johnson Ellen thanks so much for the add and for writing such wonderful books. I look forward to Rumble! I have read all of your stuff so far except for 3 of them, Smoke Tilt and Perfect. I will get to those soon.

Katherine Castillo Thank you so much for continuing to write! I really enjoy all of your books. The very first book that I read was "Burned", which I read in a day because I just couldn't put it down! I'm really excited to read smoke but I'm still on hold for it. :)

message 22: by Laila

Laila Hello Happy birthday I hope you have a great one...
Enjoy it to the fullest:)

message 21: by Jamie


message 20: by Ellen

Ellen Hopkins I do listen to my readers! Eventually, enough really wanted an ending to Pattyn's story that I decided to do it. Came away very satisfied, and I'm sure my readers will, too.

message 19: by Olivia

Olivia Well even if you didn't plan on writing a sequel to Burned I'm soooo glad you did. Burned was probably my favorite of all your books. I CANT wait to read it. PLEEEEASE continue writing, I've already read all of your books, and I'm re-reading crank. :D

message 18: by Jamie

Jamie Whitwood What made you write a sequal to BURNED if you weren't going to? I was just curious. I love your books and can't get enough of them.

Stephanie (the nerdy princess) THANK YOU for the adding me as a friend. You are my favorite author and i LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you write! <3

message 16: by Brenda

Brenda Thank you for adding as a friend. I am currently reading 'Triangles' & am loving it & your style of writing. I started reading it quickly & then slowed down to savor it. I truly love your style of writing. It's so refreshing & unique.
Became aware of your books when I noticed my daughter reading 'Crank'. You now have two more fans.

Elizabeth I'm begging you to come to Ohio! Preferrably Dayton, Ohio. But I will drive anywhere in Ohio to get a book signed by you! :) It's a dream of mine to meet you, Ellen! <33

girlpower12121 Ellen wrote: "I do hope you'll love them all! Thanks so much."

I am more then sure I will love them all :D You are most welcome Ellen. Credit should be given when it is due and it is most definitely due!

message 13: by Minal

Minal Hey Ellen!! Thanks for the add! I just wanna say I love your books so far! Your an amazing author and I love love love the stories you write! Take care!

message 12: by Diane

Diane Hey thanks for adding me as a friend! And the teen read thing your coming to my high school omg! Washington i cant wait to see you tere and get my book signed! Thanks for picking my schoool and adding me as a friend!

message 11: by Ellen

Ellen Hopkins Announcing the winners of my Teen Read Week Author Visit Contest. Pierce Jr. Sr. High School, Pierce NE; Clio High School, Clio MI; Washington High School, Sioux Falls SD; Will Rogers College High School, Tulsa OK

message 10: by Ellen

Ellen Hopkins I do hope you'll love them all! Thanks so much.

girlpower12121 Ellen. You hands down have to be my favourite author of all time and I have only read two of your books and have all the others coming in a few days. I love your style of writing. Now I know saying you are my favourite author after only ready two books is crazy...but...I know you are. I love your style of writing, I love the subjects you write about I just love them all. I am so excited to get my hands on all of your books and devour them!!! Thank you so much for the friend request and please never stop writing! <33

message 8: by Ellen

Ellen Hopkins Really thoughtful review of TILT. <3


message 7: by Ellen

Ellen Hopkins Elizabeth wrote: "You're my absolutely favorite author in the entire world. I love your books so much, and I seriously had got like my entire school to read your books. I would see people in the hallway always readi..."

Thanks so much, Elizabeth. <3 you, too!

Elizabeth You're my absolutely favorite author in the entire world. I love your books so much, and I seriously had got like my entire school to read your books. I would see people in the hallway always reading your books. You're amazing! And I've already preordered Tilt - CAN'T WAIT! <33 Love you, Ellen!

message 5: by Ellen

Ellen Hopkins Tilt TILT releases in four days! Check out the trailer, here. Many thanks to EW.com! http://shelf-life.ew.com/2012/09/07/e...

Betryal Thank you for accepting my 'quest. I just got a few of your books and can't wait to read them.

message 3: by Ellen

Ellen Hopkins Hey everyone! Just wanted y'all to know I've finally come up for air long enough to reinvent my presence here on Goodreads. I'll be doing a Q & A soon!

message 2: by Angie

Angie Thanks so much for participating in our discussions at the YA Book Club! We are so excited about it!


Shasta WOW, I just finished Impulse ... you are an amazing writer. It may sound strange, but I have been able to identify with most of the characters you write about...so far. I'm waiting for Glass to get here so I can start that one ... I can't wait!!! Stay warm and safe in this (my favorite) weather!!!

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