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Someone will shoot. And someone will die.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel.

People kill people. Guns just make it easier.

A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun,
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Hardcover, 431 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Cooper -Live_Love_Read- I thought of them as Chaos and Temptations... It was a very interesting take on narration.
Brittnee It has parts that are in poems and parts that are not.

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Emma Giordano
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Simon & Schuster. I had no obligation to read or review this book and all opinions are my own. ...more
Carlene Inspired
Aug 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
Not sure when I'll be ready to read any book about gun violence, but it's Ellen Hopkins and I read everything she writes so maybe someday I'll be ready for this.

EDITED TO ADD: This is due to a personal experience at a mass shooting event, not because I shy away from difficult topics.
Kate
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018, arc
Not her usual verse novel style, although there are elements of it, but Hopkins still manages to break hearts, minds and characters. :)
Teresa
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This isn't my favorite Hopkins book, but still masterfully written. The pacing felt slightly slower, and I felt like the ending was rather predictable with some of the characters (Daniel's actually surprised me though). I enjoyed the epilogue, where we got to see the futures of all of the characters, something Hopkins doesn't usually do.

The message of this piece is very powerful, of course, and reflects contemporary issues today that we as people must face. And sadly, this might continue to be
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Theresa
3.5 stars but rounding down to 3 for Goodreads rating system.

This book was ok. I'll be the first to admit I was not the intended target audience. But honestly I would not want my young teen who would have been to read this. For me the story was strong and interesting so that's where the stars were earned. As for for the style, let's just say I was NOT a fan. It wasn't so off putting that I couldn't finish. I just do not care for poetry or verse. Since receiving the book I realize that is the au
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Julia Sapphire
"Have you ever thought
about killing someone?
I mean, poisoning them,
bludgeoning them, grabbing
a well-honed knife
and carving them into pieces?"


I have previously loved so many Hopkins books, such as "Impulse". Even some that I did not enjoy very much, I still found the importance in, like "Tricks". But personally, this one fell super flat for me.

This book is written in verse but also switching perspectives into a kind of normal novel format back and forth. We follow six teens and there lives,
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Mrs.Morgan
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Yes!! This text is so relevant and so important!

People Kill People is a story that follows multiple characters through many different perspectives, and all within knowing that one person dies and one person pulls the trigger. This book simply asks you to figure out who falls on which end.

Before this, I had never read an Ellen Hopkins book! Shocking, I know. I have one in my classroom library, but just never made the time for it. I now know what I was missing. Realistic fiction for me is a love/h
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April
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Alicia
I guess I’m still looking for her signature style that has matured and graduated to a different level, especially with her adult novels and her personal politics. Though gun violence is a timely topic and yeomans work to do right. It works. It’s tragic. It’s lovely. You meet well-rounded characters and learn about different lives that are mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. The ending is sad though not completely surprising.

It’s important, but lacked the pacing and interest of something l
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spencer
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
absolutely incredible. hard to read at times because of the subject matter, but absolutely necessary.
aPriL does feral sometimes
'People Kill People' by Ellen Hopkins is a creative and imaginative free-verse narration by a Voice of Violence telling the story of several eighteen year olds interspersed with shifts to the point of view from each of these haunted teens in prose.

It's a tough time for most of these almost grownups. Life has given some of them a rotten home life or no home at all, while others (except one) are looking for a purpose. Each is struggling to accept themselves as they are, and they are hoping they c
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Jade Melody
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an important story surrounding a controversial topic that is only argued but never written about in such way. Ellen Hopkins beautifully wrote the different perspectives concerning guns, immigration, and races. This was a hard read only because it dealt with the reality that human violence is happening all around us for a variety of different reasons. I would really recommend this book to anyone.

This book has triggers such as gun violence and rape.

Full Review on my blog https://jademelod
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maya
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnfed
*2.5 stars
dnfed @ 250:
i had high hopes for this tbh. the subject was an important and interesting one but the execution wasn't really that well done and i hated every single character and their povs and just no.
Gray Cox
See, the absolute truth is people do kill people. A gun just makes it easier.

Two stars off for the sexual content, as per usual with Ellen's writing, I wish her scenes were less detailed.

Altogether a thought-provoking book though.
Heather Panella
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this at BEA 2018 and oh this book! Ellen Hopkins, you've torn my heart and given me so much to think about. People Kill People is smart, eloquent, beautiful, heartbreaking, and just plain old GOOD! It's a book that we desperately need right now; one that looks at the tough issues head on, makes them personal and relatable and forces you to confront them face to face. This book pulls no punches, takes no prisoners, and does not suffer fool on issues like gun co ...more
Chelsea
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookclub
This is a difficult book to review without spoilers. Overt spoilers will be marked accordingly but if you want to steer clear of spoilers it is probably best if you steer clear of this review.

People Kill People’s premise is a polarizing one. Hopkins, through the narration of Violence personified in poetry, introduces us to six young adults who are all set up to be potential killers. We know that by the end of this book someone will shoot and someone will die. Each character seems to have a moti
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J.T.  Yorke
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF.

A book that does too much and not enough all at once. Violence is the personified narrator and while that was interesting at first, it just became annoying once you realized this voice was not going away.

I believe I read through three narrators (in second person) and they were all grown white racist men. I hear there's one diverse character later on but I was not interested. Although these racist white men are written about in second person, as if you're 'slipping into their skin', unless yo
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Deborah Hightower
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very disturbing to read but so necessary. Gun violence occurs on a regular basis. In the last few days while I was finishing this book a man with mental health issues legally bought a gun and shot people in a bank and a female police officer entered an apartment she mistook for hers and shot and killed the man inside. Each time this happens we ask questions like why did the person shoot? How did they get a gun? What was going on in their life to make them snap? Just as the author p ...more
elena ⚢
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs-in-2018, 2018, lgbt
I'm always so incredibly impressed with Ellen Hopkins' ability to emotionally wreck me. She is seriously one of my favorite writers. She always writes about something relevant and hard to read, always writes for the education and betterment of people. And she does it so well. I love her stories, how well-written her characters are, and how absolutely beautiful her words are when they come together, whether in verse or in prose. I'll for sure read her books as long as she writes them.
Meaghan
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
“It doesn’t matter how the gun
fell into the wrong hands.

It only matters that it did.”


People Kill People follows the story of the essence of violence and a gun, and how these two work to affect the lives of 6 distinct people. Told in a combination of verse and second person prose, Hopkins manages to weave a tale that both grips you and frightens you, all while discussing the truth of violence and weapons.

I’ve been reading Hopkins’s books for a few years now and while you would think I would have
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Nadine
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve been an avid Ellen Hopkins fan since high school. Her books are always hard hitting, poignant, and unrelenting. Hopkins does not coddle her readers nor does she handle them with kid gloves. Her novels always feature triggering topics and People Kill People is no exception.

Hopkins’ writing style is certainly not for everyone. She writes almost exclusively in verse. This choice allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the characters and situations since the act of writing in verse cuts t
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Claudia
What do you say about a talent and a passion like Ellen Hopkins? You say, "Thank you, World."

This book reads differently from others of her books...usually each character speaks for him or herself in first person poetry...here...the first person narrator is a gun. And all the seductive power of believing guns give you power....

The character narrations are prose pieces that invite us to slip into someone else's skin...in second person, we learn what motivates, what frightens, what enrages our you
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Kelly Hager
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like all of Ellen Hopkins' novels, this is intense. 

We know from the onset (literally even before we start to read) that someone will die. We don't know who, or who will do the shooting. 

And from the beginning, we know that some of these characters are completely awful. I feel guilty, but I was definitely hoping for one or two of the characters to be shot and killed. (Yes, I do console myself with the fact that they're fictional people. It helps. A little.) And all of the characters are flawed,
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Mary
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - as always, I love Hopkins' unique style and I LOVE that she made Violence the narrator (others have said it's Chaos or Temptation, but I think it's up for everyone's interpretation). It's an important book, with a very sensitive subject matter - gun violence. I didn't really connect with the characters, though, and while the subject matter is memorable and it did make an impact on me, there was something lacking.
Krissy
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I will admit this book caused some INTENSE anxiety. Which is why it took me longer than usual to finish. However, it was such an important topic to address. It may make you uncomfortable, but the ugly truth often does.

The title really says it all. People. Kill. People.
Dezra Bennett
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was definitely a quick read, but not something I'd ever pick up again due to the topic.
Lost in Book Land
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Before I got sick I finished People Kill People by one of my favorite authors ever (Ellen Hopkins) and I am just going to get this out of the way right now I was really upset and disappointed with this book and that is a totally new feeling for me with one of her books.

SPOILERS AHEAD

I knew going into this book it would be controversial and I was totally okay with that and more than ready to jump into it. Hopkins has always done amazingly with topics that are controversial or delicate. She has al
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Stacy Fetters
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Contemplate. What’s required to become the catalyst for death? A moral compass, sprung and spinning haywire? Antifreeze, flowing through your veins. Or, perhaps, nothing more than circumstance?"

I’ve hard the hardest time coming up with a rating for and I’m going to have an even harder time writing a review.

Ellen Hopkins comes at you hard, gripping your throat, making your heart beat frantically as she fills you in on what’s going on in the world. The truth that flows through is terrifying, hea
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: publisher-sent
All I could think of after reading this book was WOW.
This is my first book I've read by Ellen Hopkins and I think the reason why I've stayed away from her books is not because I didn't think they would be good, but books are an escape for me and I too often see the dark underbelly of the world and so I knew it would be a trigger. But these books are so important and have been important to many people who needed them.
This particular book is fantastic in structure, story, and characters. It is wri
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Rhonda Leese
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Has a handful of characters whom we follow all through the book as it moves toward an immigration rally. Each character has a reason for wanting a gun and committing violence. The inside cover says, "People kill people. Six teens. Six reasons to pull the trigger. Someone will fire. And someone will die. Guns just make it easier." Couldn't put it down.
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