Rumble - Ellen Hopkins | Book Review

1:14 PM
Pages: 560 Paperback
Publication date: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
How I got the copy: Sent to me by Good Books and Good Wine
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Drama
Series: N/A

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 little brother would still be fishing or playing basketball instead of fertilizing cemetery vegetation.”

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 friends who turn their backs when things get tough. Not in some all-powerful creator who lets too much bad stuff happen. And certainly not in some “It Gets Better” psychobabble.

No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about faith and forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting go of blame. He’s decided to “live large and go out with a huge bang,” and whatever happens happens. But when a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble…a rumble that wakes him up, calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question.


After so much anticipation before I even got to the end of this book, I loved it. There's been so many mixed reviews and feelings from readers that I've come to the conclution that, if you're an open-minded person about life and how other people live it, you'll enjoy this and if you're not hardcore religious or don't think your religious beliefs are correct compared to other religous beliefs, I think you might like this too.

Putting the plot of this book a side for a moment, I've always enjoyed Ellen Hopkins style of writing and how she keeps everything in verses. While I was reading Rumble I didn't have any problems keeping track of characters perspectives and there was a lot of information within all these pages in verse. I hadn't picked up an Ellen Hopkins book in a few years before Rumble and I had a constant state of mind that the book was going to be super short and quick, which it wasn't.

Rumble talks about religion, homosexuality and suicide as it's big plot points and even though it's 2014, it blows my mind on how our human race still has a hard time accepting that people are different and some people are gay.. One: it's nobody else's business what gender someone dates or their religious belief and two: everyone has rights and that includes freedom to date any gender and believe in whatever religion they want.

That said, let's get on with the review!

Matthew Turner lives in a community where the church has a lot of say within the community and trying to get into the school board as well and because of this Matt feels a little bit constricted. It's no secret from the beginning of this book what has happened to Matt's brother and the thing that striked me awful and saddening is that their own father, a gym teacher at the high school would bully one of his own sons because he was gay. The thing to remember while reading all this is that, This. Is. Real. This happens in real life. Connect to that everybody who's saying "I didn't connect with the characters".. What more of a connection is there that connecting to compassion for another person who is struggling and stripped from their human rights because of a blinding religion making it "WRONG" in their eyes. I think that is something to think about.

Matt's girlfriend, Hayden, the pastors daughter.. cannot think for herself and made so many bad decision when trying so hard to make the right decisions! I don't get it. How can the someone trying to make the right decision make so many wrong ones and hurt so many people in the way. To Matt she was the meanest girlfriend and never 100% there and always having a problem with Matt and who he was a person. Hayden, made a great example of how so many people are being the wrong person and misreading religion. Last time I checked, most religions main point is to be a better person, not the opposite. Hayden should have been able to accept Matt for who he was and about his life decisions, even if they were different than hers.

I get it, it's hard to be a teenager but it's not hard to stop and think for a moment that if the decisions you're making reflect good choices and if you're being the best of yourself.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was very interesting to read and it made me think about human rights, decision making, growing up, parenting and so much more. There's so much more to this book than what I explained but I'm getting very hyped up about all these great topics and this is already very long.

In short, this is a great book to reflect on so many topics that aren't supposed to be talked about at a dinner table and I love it. They're my favourite topics. Everyone should have the right to express their human rights and this is a great reflection in an adolescent atmosphere, which is the best time to learn and accept different people and their choices.


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