Books by Ellen Hopkins

SMOKE by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A strong, painful and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 13-17)"
Two sisters wrestle with guilt and fear after one kills the father who battered them. Read full book review >
COLLATERAL by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A melodramatic and very often overwrought volume that attempts to capture the heart and soul of what it's like to be the girl left behind."
Written in Hopkins' signature free verse (Triangles, 2011, etc.), this book examines the relationship between a young California woman and the Marine she loves in language that ranges from raw to tender. Read full book review >
TILT by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Brimming with shoes about to drop (some do, some don't) and the drama her fans devour, this will (and should) point them toward Triangles (2011), an adult-aimed version from the protagonists' mothers' perspective. Why not? (Verse fiction. 12-18)"
Less artistically sharp than most of her oeuvre, this newest from Hopkins will nonetheless hook fans with its addictive pain and quick-turning pages. Read full book review >
TRIANGLES by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The sins of the mothers—and their friends—come to visit the daughters in this overblown weepy."
Sex, motherhood and relationships bring three friends together and tear them apart in a melodrama told entirely in verse. Read full book review >
PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

While not razor-edged like her previous work, Hopkins' portrait of four 12th-graders who are expected to be perfect will nonetheless keep teens up all night reading.

In a Reno suburb, expectations take heavy tolls. Read full book review >

FALLOUT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

Crank (2004) and Glass (2007) readers will relish this look at Kristina's three oldest children, now teenagers, all conceived in the chaos of crystal-meth addiction. Read full book review >

TRICKS by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

Hopkins sharply portrays extreme adolescent turbulence with her biggest cast yet, as five disparate, desperate teens are sucked into the Las Vegas world of selling sex. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

This uneven collection of essays about Ellen Hopkins's Crank (2004) and Glass (2007) combines outside analysis with firsthand perspectives from the people behind the characters. Read full book review >

IDENTICAL by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

Hopkins's gift with free verse reaches new heights in this portrait of splintered identical twins. Read full book review >

ROMANCE
Released: May 5, 2008

Four long stories, one by each author, all told in first person, all about teen heartbreak. Read full book review >

GLASS by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

Kristina continues to dance with the monster of crystal methamphetamine, her fragmented emotions and cloudy denial displayed keenly by Hopkins's shards of free verse. Read full book review >

IMPULSE by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

In sharp, searing free verse divided into two-page chapters, Hopkins sketches three adolescents who have just attempted suicide. Read full book review >

BURNED by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

In cutting free-verse, 16-year-old Pattyn offers first-person narration of religious oppression and physical violence. Read full book review >

CRANK by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Hypnotic and jagged free verse wrenchingly chronicles 16-year-old Kristina's addiction to crank. Read full book review >