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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  8,242 ratings  ·  933 reviews
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 playi
Hardcover, 550 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Christine Riccio
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sad/depressing at points but strong themes and interesting characters! Here's my full booktalk: ...more
Aug 30, 2014 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
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ellen Hopkins and I have a rocky history. I really appreciated the raw look into screwed up teenagers' lives in Burned and Impulse, but Crank was too much for me. It made me uncomfortable and I didn't enjoy it at all, but at least it provided a bit of insight into the controlling world of drugs.

In the author's other books, the dark subjects were harrowing but informative. Rumble was just plain despicable. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into and turned skeptical when I discovered it was a
Apr 29, 2014 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. ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry-verse
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: psych, young-adult
Mild spoiler alert!

Ellen Hopkins is a master of metaphor. I really enjoyed her unique writing style. Upon first glance, the page layout appears to be a book of poetry, but the story actually plays out through the odd spacing of paragraphs. Her writing style is incredibly unique and engaging.

I have to say, the end felt extremely anticlimactic, however. Matt's depression and anxiety magically resolved. My eyebrows did the shoot-straight-up thing and just like that. Boom. Happy days. Still, this w
Mariah Roze
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for the Goodreads' book club: Diversity in All Forms! If you would like to participate in the discussion here is the link:

Not many books cover the Christianity faith and the different forms it takes on. I really enjoyed this read a lot! Probably one of my favorite books by Ellen Hopkins!

"Matthew Turner doesn't have faith in anything.
Not in family—his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in so-called frien
Kells Next Read
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual Ratings: 3.75

Thought provoking and stimulating. Another great installation.
Debbie Narh

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
Janie Johnson
Jun 15, 2015 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
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
✫✬⭐️ 5/5 STARS ⭐️✭✫

Genre: Young Adult> Contemporary
EW: Hayden.
POV: First-Person.. ich..
DO I SHIP IT: With Alexa, yes.

This book is one of my favorites. I can re-read this every day. I loved it.

This is the first book ever read by Ellen Hopkins. I thought it would take time to get used to the writing. But not at all. I was used to it the first 5 minutes.

I don't know her another books, but i'll read them all. Mark my
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.

opens your eyes
to religion,
it's influence
on dating, sex,
Family broken.
Love a token.
What if Dad
felt trapped
to marry? Not
for love.
Guess why?
Would you protect,
support, defend,
your gay
Would you stand
against bigots?
Religious zealots
determined to shut
you up? Slap
you do
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.

Aug 28, 2014 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
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Ashley Daviau
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Normally Ellen Hopkins' stories captivate me right from the start but sadly Rumble failed to do that. I found it hard to connect with the main character and that made it harder to enjoy the story. There were some parts and characters that I did enjoy though. The main one being Alexa. She's what made me want to finish this book and what made it interesting for me. Something about her just sparked my interest and I loved her! Towards the ending of the book it got a little more interesting and Matt ...more
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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
Aug 30, 2014 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
Jeretta Hall-Robinson
Aug 29, 2014 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
This is the first book by Ellen Hopkins that I've read - now I see why she is SO popular with our students! She deals with controversial topics and Rumble is no exception. The central character is Matt, whose parents are barely speaking to each other, his girlfriend is becoming a bit distant as her church exerts a greater influence, he no longer speaks to his best friend and his younger brother Luke has died after committing suicide following being bullied for being gay. So he has quite a bit to ...more
What I love about Ellen Hopkins is how fierce she 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
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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,
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
ellen hopkins's novels have really started to resemble stale bread ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
Jun 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF at 70%

This is my first ever 1-star review of a book by Ellen Hopkins. I've given her, at the lowest, 3 stars, or 2.5 if we want to be technical. I've had a rough time with her lately. I didn't like Collateral. I thought she fell way short of the mark. However, that was an adult novel by her, so I thought maybe I just didn't like her adult stuff. The only problem was, I really enjoyed Triangles, an adult book that I really connected with.

Last summer, I was privileged enough to get an ARC ofLo
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rumble is a dramatic story of a young boy dealing with grief, loss, and lots of guilt.

Matt has lost his little brother a few months ago as the story begins. We soon find out that his brother, Luke, was gay and committed suicide.

Matt's parents are falling apart, not that they've ever been great parents, but since Luke's death, things are even worse. Thank goodness Matt has Hayden, the girl of his dreams.

But Hayden is becoming more and more involved with her church youth group, and the youth minis
Sep 20, 2014 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
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh this book... Unlike any that I've ever read before. And I've read quite a few.

It starts out with a troubled boy, facing problems with everything in his life. His girlfriend, his beliefs, his losses... Everything. And it continues this way until around half of the book.

In the middle, things start to unravel. His girlfriend, his parents, his family, his LIFE, in general, is slowly unwinding and becoming a huge mess.

Until something tremendously unexpected blows him off of his feet, and
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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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