Books by Ellen Hopkins

Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A page-turning exploration of independence, powerlessness, and secrets, with groundbreaking representation of bisexuality and queerness. (Verse fiction. 14 & up)"
One teen yearns for roots while another will do anything for a fresh start. Read full book review >
TRAFFICK by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Less startling than its predecessor; a hopeful aftermath tale for readers already attached to these characters. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Five white teens move on with their lives after doing sex work in Las Vegas. Read full book review >
LOVE LIES BENEATH by Ellen Hopkins
Released: July 21, 2015

"Hopkins' adults are too self-centeredly adolescent to take seriously."
When once-widowed, twice-divorced Tara meets husband No. 4, she must decide whether she's truly in love for the first time—or whether she's being played by a master manipulator. Read full book review >
RUMBLE by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Readers devour Hopkins regardless, but this is strong and worthy. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Almost six months after his younger brother's suicide, a high school senior slogs through tangled resentment and guilt. Read full book review >
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
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
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This page-turner pulls no emotional punches; readers should find Impulse (2007) first, because this is a sequel at heart, and knowing the prior work in advance adds crucial layers of meaning. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
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. Read full book review >
FALLOUT by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"This loosely reality-based conclusion (Hopkins's daughter is the real 'Kristina,' but her actual kids are much younger) will heartily satisfy series fans despite gratuitous emphasis on the bestseller-driven fame of the author's fictionalized alter ego. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
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
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Graphic sex, rape, drugs, bitter loneliness, despair—and eventually, blessedly, glimmers of hope. (Fiction. YA)"
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 >
Released: May 1, 2009

"Hardly a model for budding literary critics, but the stronger chapters and 11 new verses from Hopkins will entice—and appropriately frighten—readers. (Nonfiction. YA)"
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
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Sharp and stunning, with a brilliant final page. (Fiction. YA)"
Hopkins's gift with free verse reaches new heights in this portrait of splintered identical twins. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 2008

"Often frankly sexy and peppered with teen-friendly references (hip slang, IM conversations), this box of candy for the lovelorn satisfies. (Fiction. YA)"
Four long stories, one by each author, all told in first person, all about teen heartbreak. Read full book review >
GLASS by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Hypnotically sad, with a realistic lack of closure. (Fiction. YA)"
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
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"A fast, jagged, hypnotic read. (Fiction. YA)"
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
Released: April 1, 2006

"Sharp and heartbreaking. (Fiction. YA)"
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
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Powerful and unsettling. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
Hypnotic and jagged free verse wrenchingly chronicles 16-year-old Kristina's addiction to crank. Read full book review >