Ellen Hopkins

So I have started to read all the books by Ellen Hopkins, these were suggested to me by Matt’s cousins this summer and I have finally gotten around to starting them. These books are so very hard to describe, they are teen books but I will get into that more later. I started off with Crank and here is the jest….

In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree.

What did I think of Crank? Well I couldn’t put it down and I needed to know what was happening next!But when I read another book by Ellen called Tricks well this one was a real page turner. Here is what Tricks is about….

Five teens desperately seek to find their way through the darkness in Hopkins’s latest epic novel in verse. Eden flees an evangelical household; Cody blocks out a family illness with gambling and sex; Whitney gives up her body in exchange for the love she finds so elusive; Seth struggles to define himself as a homosexual; and Ginger comes to terms with an awful truth about her neglectful mother. Burden after burden piles on the teens’ shoulders until they resort to the unthinkable in order to survive

Ok, I could not put Tricks down but I will tell you something this is a “teen” book and it says 9th grade and up…well I would never let anyone I know under the age of say 17 read this. This was soo graphic and I think they should rate “teen” books like a movie PG, PG-13, R and NC-17….I would say this book is R pushing NC-17. It doesn’t bother me (that sounds bad) but be warned you will be reading about drug use and very graphic sex.At the same time those “scenes” are vital to the story…..this is a story about the things these teens have to do to survive and the ways people use them. It is sad and dark that is for sure.  Now, with that being said I haven’t even begun to tell you the neat thing about all of Ellen’s books…….
They are written in verse and the words are even at times written to make shapes. Below is 2 pages so you can see examples……

At first this was a tad confusing but after a few chapters you don’t really notice it and I began to really enjoy the pages and how the layout goes with the story!

She has alot more books out such as Glass, Identical, Burned, Impulse and Fallout! Do I plan to read more of her books? Yes, I will for sure! Have you read anything by Ellen Hopkins?

4 Comments

  1. Kelly
    November 18, 2010 / 6:25 pm

    After you mentioned these books in book club once I've been tempted to read them. I take it they aren't a series…you don't need to read them in any order?? Thanks for the review!!

  2. Becky
    November 18, 2010 / 8:40 pm

    These are definitely on my list to read. Good review.

  3. Kindall
    November 18, 2010 / 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the award! PS- Will you post your pumpkin pie recipe??? Do you do anything different that makes it so yummy?

  4. Kindall
    November 18, 2010 / 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the award! PS- Will you post your pumpkin pie recipe??? Do you do anything different that makes it so yummy?

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