People Kill People
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, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?

People Kill People Details

TitlePeople Kill People
Author
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-139781481442930
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Poetry, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

People Kill People Review

  • Carlene Inspired
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Not her usual verse novel style, although there are elements of it, but Hopkins still manages to break hearts, minds and characters. :)
  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 like Tricks had with multiple characters and helping readers understand about sex trafficking. This had the element of gun violence but interwoven beauty of learning about and from the characters.
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  • Heather Panella
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 control, mental health, youth homelessness, abuse, white supremacy, and immigration. Put this in the hands of all readers, but especially the ones who love and appreciate titles like The Hate U Give & Long Way Down. Hell, put them on display together and let the sheer power of these authors and their words loose in the world!
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  • Kiki Cole
    January 1, 1970
    This book had a lot of offensive but true topics. I would say that it was good but it could’ve been better, maybe a little bit more well executed, because I got the feeling that it was a bit hard to read because I am for certain things like pride and immigration. I think the cast of characters wasn’t as diverse as I would’ve liked it to be but the fact that it takes place in Arizona makes sense for the fact that there was only one diverse character pretty much but there was someone who had epile This book had a lot of offensive but true topics. I would say that it was good but it could’ve been better, maybe a little bit more well executed, because I got the feeling that it was a bit hard to read because I am for certain things like pride and immigration. I think the cast of characters wasn’t as diverse as I would’ve liked it to be but the fact that it takes place in Arizona makes sense for the fact that there was only one diverse character pretty much but there was someone who had epilepsy which tied mental issues into it. I Would say that for certain audiences this book is more necessary but for those who don’t agree with gun violence or who don’t agree with anti-immigration it’s not really a novel for those type of people because it’s more of a book to be aware of how bad those things are instead of the good of them. The plot twist at the end I think was the best part about it because I wasn’t expecting that and it was really eye-opening this novel just to see how bad certain areas are with guns and the regulations on owning a gun.
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  • Jordan (pagetravels)
    January 1, 1970
    1.5/5I honestly am not entirely sure exactly how I feel about this but what I do know is it has some serious issues that I can't really get over.
  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided via Edelweiss for an honest review. “See, I’ve got this theory.Given the right circumstances, any person could kill someone.Even you.” Rating this book was hard but trying to come up with a review was so much harder. I didn't rate this book and I honestly don’t even think that this review will make that much sense, but here goes.I wanted to read this book because it’s about gun violence and that’s something going on in America today. This book is more interactive in a way. You ge ARC provided via Edelweiss for an honest review. “See, I’ve got this theory.Given the right circumstances, any person could kill someone.Even you.” Rating this book was hard but trying to come up with a review was so much harder. I didn't rate this book and I honestly don’t even think that this review will make that much sense, but here goes.I wanted to read this book because it’s about gun violence and that’s something going on in America today. This book is more interactive in a way. You get to take a walk in their shoes all the while, you are trying to figure out the ending. Who was the one who pulled the trigger?Its told between two formats. One that’s almost like poetry and then the POV of the characters. I honestly wasn’t a fan of the poetry format. It features topics about stereotypes, racism, hatred, and violence. Also, the second amendment is very talked about here. The main reason my rating is so low is because there is a ton of offensive content here! I can understand why it was written, but I’m not the person who likes that in my books. Especially to that degree.While I did get the point of the book, it has some offensive content that I don’t really think I would be able to get over. This is about important issues so I do think people should read it, just take the content into consideration.** Quote was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Erikka
    January 1, 1970
    Again, Hopkins finds her finger firmly on the pulse of a major national issue and, in her own inimitable fashion, she addresses it constructively and thought-provokingly. Violence narrates this tale, introducing you to a cast of characters in second person--a young family, a victim of gun violence, a few white supremacists, a homeless boy, and a girl tied to all of them in various ways. As you slip in and out of bodies and minds, you see how violence shapes a person and what would drive a seemin Again, Hopkins finds her finger firmly on the pulse of a major national issue and, in her own inimitable fashion, she addresses it constructively and thought-provokingly. Violence narrates this tale, introducing you to a cast of characters in second person--a young family, a victim of gun violence, a few white supremacists, a homeless boy, and a girl tied to all of them in various ways. As you slip in and out of bodies and minds, you see how violence shapes a person and what would drive a seemingly normal person to murder. But who pulls the trigger at the end is the ultimate mystery. Gun violence in this nation is a hot topic and one without clear solutions. As Hopkins points out at the end, violence will find a way, but guns just make it easier. I was raised by a family of gun nuts, and still to this day like to target shoot. That being said, if the option was give away my guns in exchange for no more deaths at the trigger, they'd be out of my hands and my house in a second. I would gladly give up a sport I enjoy for the safety of others, no question. Hopkins explores many paths, though she leaves solutions up in the air. Who truly knows the right answer? Maybe the solution to gun violence is exactly what Hopkins does in this book: addressing it plainly and openly and encouraging discourse. I'm interested to see the final formatting of this book, as the arc I received from Edelweiss had some issues.
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  • B220
    January 1, 1970
    I found People Kill People to be a relatively fairly told story about guns and gun violence in this country. Though entirely fictional, it is based largely in our current climate of right versus left, 2nd amendment versus gun control, and hate groups versus immigrants. Ellen Hopkins notes in the author's note she grew up with guns and is, herself, a good shot (though she does not currently own a gun).Told in alternating free verse and prose, with an omniscient narrator that is "violence, People I found People Kill People to be a relatively fairly told story about guns and gun violence in this country. Though entirely fictional, it is based largely in our current climate of right versus left, 2nd amendment versus gun control, and hate groups versus immigrants. Ellen Hopkins notes in the author's note she grew up with guns and is, herself, a good shot (though she does not currently own a gun).Told in alternating free verse and prose, with an omniscient narrator that is "violence, People Kill People tells individual stories of Cami, Daniel, Silas, Noelle, Rand, and Ashlyn as their lives intersect all among the backdrop of a pro-immigration rally that is seems destined to explode in counter protests and police involvement.Hopkins does a great job of building characters and giving them all motives for their actions (and the actions they choose not to take). Though fairly lengthy, I finished this in 2 days. I enjoyed it, though I have to say I need more time to more fully process this one to fully appreciate its worth. That said, this book will be awesome for promoting discussions and useful in identifying the myriad perspectives involved when the subject of guns comes up! Thank you to Netgalley and to Simon and Schuster for the ARC!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Let me just start by saying that this should probably be marketed as a horror book because it left me shaking. Maybe because I have a baby and maybe because his name is Silas but JEEZ. I don’t want to spoil anything because I received an ARC, but here’s a few things: —We all know that Hopkins had a way with words but whoa. Each word seems perfectly chosen. There’s nothing flowery, nothing extraneous—just the perfect words to get the story across while also kind of punching you in the gut at the Let me just start by saying that this should probably be marketed as a horror book because it left me shaking. Maybe because I have a baby and maybe because his name is Silas but JEEZ. I don’t want to spoil anything because I received an ARC, but here’s a few things: —We all know that Hopkins had a way with words but whoa. Each word seems perfectly chosen. There’s nothing flowery, nothing extraneous—just the perfect words to get the story across while also kind of punching you in the gut at the same time. Also, that last poem? Chilling, my reading friends. Made my skin crawl. —As person who really doesn’t enjoy second-person perspective, this one didn’t bother me. Probably because each perspective was one so foreign to my own, so like, I had to step into the characters’ shoes to relate. It was unpleasant, but powerful. Also, Violence as the speaker of several poems? Terrifyingly genius. —This book is relevant. Really, really relevant. It might take on a little *too* much, but the storytelling doesn’t feel forced or preachy. Final verdict: I will not read it again because once was definitely enough. But I’m glad I read it.
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  • Stacy Fetters
    January 1, 1970
    "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 "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, heartbreaking, and something that will stay with you forever. This is her heaviest book to date and I think everyone should read this. Usually, you get one side to a story and here we see many different parts. From pro to anti, the information stares you down and fills you in. At first, I seemed to get lost at who was who but it easily settles itself out when things get heavy. The characters all have a uniqueness that differentiates one from the rest and it slides into a comforting familiarity. The story is so gripping that I couldn’t stop reading. This book is brilliant and important. Just remember to be a part of the solution and not the problem.
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  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    So confronting and relevant to today's world. I love how all of Ellen Hopkins' books make you think and actually scare you. Everything in this book could definitely happen in the real world.
  • Shannon Pierce
    January 1, 1970
    Intense. Hopkins words are felt!
  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I don't even know where to begin. A powerful, timely story told in 6 points of view about anger, revenge, and gun violence. The ending was surprising and shocking. A must read!!
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, such a powerful message!
  • Bibliofiendlm
    January 1, 1970
    Hopkins again does what she does best--blending her style of prose and verse to tackle tough topics in a harsh world. With the rise of both gun violence and racial tensions the author endeavors to explore the lives of several interconnected characters:Rand & Cami - Still teenagers, but married with a young toddler. Rand works himself to death to provide for his family, but a dark secret from his past drives his need for revenge. Cami loves her family but feels as if she's been cheated out of Hopkins again does what she does best--blending her style of prose and verse to tackle tough topics in a harsh world. With the rise of both gun violence and racial tensions the author endeavors to explore the lives of several interconnected characters:Rand & Cami - Still teenagers, but married with a young toddler. Rand works himself to death to provide for his family, but a dark secret from his past drives his need for revenge. Cami loves her family but feels as if she's been cheated out of her youth. She has some dangerous secrets of her own.Grace - Rand's step sister, deftly opposed to guns since her father was murdered during a drive-by shooting.Noelle - Grace's sometime best friend and Cami's sister, who sustained a brain injury and other prolonged effects from the same shooting that killed Grace's father.Daniel - Half Honduran, Daniel is homeless following the death of his father and the deportation of his mother. He has been the victim of a racially motivated beating lead by Tim and Silas. Needing to feel wanted, Daniel is depressed and too emotionally attached to Grace.Tim - Daniel's half brother and member of a white supremacist group. He hates his brother. Silas - obsessed with Grace and disturbed by his mother's new Jewish boyfriend as well as Grace's half Honduran boyfriend, Daniel. He belongs to a white supremacist groupAshlyn - one of the only female members of the white supremacist group. She's also from a violent background, currently living with an aunt because her father is in prison for murdering her mother.Hopkins begins the novel with a horrific accident caused by gun violence and paranoia. It is this act and the subsequent sale of a gun to an unidentified character which drives the remaining narration. Each of the other characters has the means and motive for possessing this gun. As the story concludes, reader's learn just how violence, guns, and hatred impact these character's lives. However, the story's climax is shocking and oh so sad.The pacing of the novel feels slow at times and the characters are not as magnetic per se as those from Identical, Tricks, or Impulse. However, this is a topic relevant to our society today and needs to be explores so that teen readers and older can have a meaningful discussion about choices and consequences.Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Grace Zhao
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book from my library for completing summer reading. The story is very with the time as it deals with a lot of current issues mainly immigration, DACA, white nationalist, and second amendment. The second amendment plays a very interesting role in the book, it is what caused the death of the person in the end. But all the urges that the character want to do can also be done without a gun. The book structure is more similar with The You I've Never Known as it involves both a lot of prose I got this book from my library for completing summer reading. The story is very with the time as it deals with a lot of current issues mainly immigration, DACA, white nationalist, and second amendment. The second amendment plays a very interesting role in the book, it is what caused the death of the person in the end. But all the urges that the character want to do can also be done without a gun. The book structure is more similar with The You I've Never Known as it involves both a lot of prose and poetry. However, there weren't really a lot of content in the poetry part as the book would work with only proes.I love the character but i also hate them. I hate Silas because he is racist and a stalker; I hate cami because she is self centered; i don't know how i feel about rand; I feel bad for the daniel bc of his circumstances; I am scared for Ashlyn because sometimes too fearless is dangerous. The only regrette I got at the end is (view spoiler)[Daniel was never able to pay her respect to Grace as her family and friend think he is an violent out of control sociopath. Sure he might be an abuser if their relationship escalates, but they believed his half brother who beat him up and full of hatred instead of giving him a chance(now you know who died, but I won't tell you who is the one that shot her). As the book progress, you began to see the relation these people had which is very fascinating consider how each their life intertwined. for example, Rand and grace are sister and brother, Daniel half brother's friend is Tim who is both a customer of Cami who deals drug and Tim is also ashlyn's second cousin. This book is kinda slow paced in the middle which is why it took me a while to read unlike other Hopkins books which dispites the thickness, i managed to read them between 1-3 days. This one took me a little over 2 weeks(I was also reading 2 other book at the same time both of which I finished before this book).The ending is totally worth the wow and pause factor, it might seems far fetched but it is a reality for many people. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I've read by Ellen Hopkins. I know her books are well loved and people are passionate about them, but I've never picked one up. I clearly have made mistakes. This book has a very distinct style about it. It's wonderfully written, poignant, and timely for our world. This book evokes violence from characters, but in a way I haven't ever read before. The characters say things we've all heard in our lives, whether in the news, on the internet, in our email, from our friends or This is the first book I've read by Ellen Hopkins. I know her books are well loved and people are passionate about them, but I've never picked one up. I clearly have made mistakes. This book has a very distinct style about it. It's wonderfully written, poignant, and timely for our world. This book evokes violence from characters, but in a way I haven't ever read before. The characters say things we've all heard in our lives, whether in the news, on the internet, in our email, from our friends or families, or complete strangers. It affects us all, whether we're Zane or Grace violence in our world affects us, maybe not today, but at some point. This book will make you think, it'll make you smile, it'll make you cry. I don't think there's anything better than that. I really hope everyone has a chance to read this and take something from it.
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  • Mrs. Kenyon
    January 1, 1970
    In this small town, there are many reasons to carry a gun, but not all of them are honest. These six stories all have hidden secrets and as the larger story slowly unravels the reader will discover many of their rationales for wanting a firearm. Gun violence is only one of the topics addressed in this novel; Hopkins also delves into the thinking behind white supremacy and undocumented immigrants. I will admit that these are three large issues and it is a lot to cover in one book, yet People Kill In this small town, there are many reasons to carry a gun, but not all of them are honest. These six stories all have hidden secrets and as the larger story slowly unravels the reader will discover many of their rationales for wanting a firearm. Gun violence is only one of the topics addressed in this novel; Hopkins also delves into the thinking behind white supremacy and undocumented immigrants. I will admit that these are three large issues and it is a lot to cover in one book, yet People Kill People does all three topics justice. Since this is a novel in verse, the 400+ pages fly by quickly and the reader will feel as if the story read itself. People Kill People is a good read, but not a fun and easy read.
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  • Kalyn Delillo
    January 1, 1970
    In an extremely unique story that follows seven people all connected one way or another in a town located in Arizona, we are told each of their stories and how violence and hatred has either altered them or spurns them forward. The story starts with a bang telling us of an old couple and a gun later sold to one of those teenagers. I’ve always loved every book that Ellen Hopkins has ever written, so I’m not surprised by how interesting yet disturbing People Kill People is, but the most unique tra In an extremely unique story that follows seven people all connected one way or another in a town located in Arizona, we are told each of their stories and how violence and hatred has either altered them or spurns them forward. The story starts with a bang telling us of an old couple and a gun later sold to one of those teenagers. I’ve always loved every book that Ellen Hopkins has ever written, so I’m not surprised by how interesting yet disturbing People Kill People is, but the most unique trait that it has is the narrator is violence and hatred itself. It talks directly to the characters in the book and that was THE THING that unsettled me most, well...until the end. The end completely drops one crazy bomb that I wasn’t expecting.
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  • Mariam
    January 1, 1970
    This book was heartbreaking, and it made me go crazy. The way Ellen Hopkins tells the story not only makes you very uncomfortable, but it challenges you to keep on going. Each time I finished a chapter I wondered if it was ok for me to keep going, and my my it was. The heart wrenching reality of guns in our everyday lives is prominent today, tomorrow and everyday. The impact 1 persons life can make on so many others is amazing. Eye opening and life changing this is one of those books that will s This book was heartbreaking, and it made me go crazy. The way Ellen Hopkins tells the story not only makes you very uncomfortable, but it challenges you to keep on going. Each time I finished a chapter I wondered if it was ok for me to keep going, and my my it was. The heart wrenching reality of guns in our everyday lives is prominent today, tomorrow and everyday. The impact 1 persons life can make on so many others is amazing. Eye opening and life changing this is one of those books that will stay with you very very long after you turn the last page. It’s one you’ll probably think about many years later and will have to dig out from your overflowing bookshelf just to read one more time.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Did Not Finish: I am usually a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins novels in verse. I struggled a lot getting into this one and finally made the decision to put it down. From the start, I had a hard time reading the novel from the varying perspectives - I didn't like how it went back and forth between verse and then the POV of someone who kills with a gun. I know Hopkins is trying to get young adults to stop and think about gun violence but I feel like she missed the mark on this one. I am sure there will Did Not Finish: I am usually a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins novels in verse. I struggled a lot getting into this one and finally made the decision to put it down. From the start, I had a hard time reading the novel from the varying perspectives - I didn't like how it went back and forth between verse and then the POV of someone who kills with a gun. I know Hopkins is trying to get young adults to stop and think about gun violence but I feel like she missed the mark on this one. I am sure there will be readers that love this piece of work, I just am not one of them.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read Hopkins before but she is very popular in my library and the topic of gun violence is very timely, so I decided to take a chance. It's a pretty intense novel. Readers meet several characters who are interconnected in different ways and in some way, I was just waiting to see which characters died at the end of the book. I'm more of a fantasy reader and generally don't pick up too many novels about such intense topics, so I'm not sure if I'll read Hopkins again, but it was a good b I've never read Hopkins before but she is very popular in my library and the topic of gun violence is very timely, so I decided to take a chance. It's a pretty intense novel. Readers meet several characters who are interconnected in different ways and in some way, I was just waiting to see which characters died at the end of the book. I'm more of a fantasy reader and generally don't pick up too many novels about such intense topics, so I'm not sure if I'll read Hopkins again, but it was a good book that I'm sure many will enjoy and get a lot out of. Review from galley.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE Ellen Hopkins! She is never afraid to tackle a tough subject matter and never afraid to be intense. She did not disappoint in this novel. People Kill People is a much needed book on a very controversial subject. I like that she presents characters on all sides of the issue and doesn't preach to readers about the subject. This is an important book for all high school students to read. Be aware that this book is for a mature reader as the book contains intense situations, violence and sexua I LOVE Ellen Hopkins! She is never afraid to tackle a tough subject matter and never afraid to be intense. She did not disappoint in this novel. People Kill People is a much needed book on a very controversial subject. I like that she presents characters on all sides of the issue and doesn't preach to readers about the subject. This is an important book for all high school students to read. Be aware that this book is for a mature reader as the book contains intense situations, violence and sexual situations.
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  • Kelly Staten
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll focus on the story here, not the politics that surround the topic of this book. It’s timely, relevant and a well developed novel with fleshed out characters. I didn’t care for the break from her usual style of novels written completely in verse - interjecting non-verse chapters broke up the flow of the book and I would have preferred the entire thing to be written in one style or the other. It was a quick read and will be a good discussion piece for people on both sides of the gun control d I’ll focus on the story here, not the politics that surround the topic of this book. It’s timely, relevant and a well developed novel with fleshed out characters. I didn’t care for the break from her usual style of novels written completely in verse - interjecting non-verse chapters broke up the flow of the book and I would have preferred the entire thing to be written in one style or the other. It was a quick read and will be a good discussion piece for people on both sides of the gun control debate.
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  • LeeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    It had some of her usual writing style but it was different than her usual YA novels. I give it a solid 4.5+ stars. It wasn’t fully plot driven (which I enjoy but uncommon in teen novels) so you had to dive into character development and motivations. I’d really enjoy this in an adult novel!! And the ending was stunning! The ending pushed me to 5⭐ worth the read and so relevant! I’ll add it to my Hopkins collection shelves! Yes plural! ✌🏻 It had some of her usual writing style but it was different than her usual YA novels. I give it a solid 4.5+ stars. It wasn’t fully plot driven (which I enjoy but uncommon in teen novels) so you had to dive into character development and motivations. I’d really enjoy this in an adult novel!! And the ending was stunning! The ending pushed me to 5⭐️ worth the read and so relevant! I’ll add it to my Hopkins collection shelves! Yes plural! ✌🏻
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Let's start with the way this book is written. Half prose, half narrative. Pay attention to the prose because the way in which the words are organized on the page is so well done and thought provoking.The topics discussed in this book are definitely difficult to read but I'd rather read a book about fictional characters than continue to read about these events in the news every other day. This book is so timely, and I encourage everyone that's thinking about picking up this book to do so.
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  • Read InAGarden
    January 1, 1970
    Really though provoking novel about stereotypes, hatred, violence and guns. The stories of six teens are intertwined around the narration of one gun. Readers are given clues as to what might happen but Hopkins reveals the role of the gun slowly. The narrative only lasts a few days but over that time span all of the characters are deeply impacted.
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  • Bethany Barton
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read a book by Ellen Hopkins before. I found this one interesting. The story is told in verse and narrative. The narrative follows six teens living in Tuscon, Arizona. Each teen has a different idea on gun control and immigration. In the span of a week, all of their lives are changed. Someone will shot a gun and someone will be shot. Who will it be?See, the absolute truth is people do kill people. A gun just makes it easier.
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