Search Results: "Ellen Hopkins"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"With Hopkins almost as hot as his demons, there will be attention paid."
Writing his biography without the cooperation of Hopkins (now Sir Anthony), Callan (Julie Christie, 1985, etc.) leans heavily on the existing journalistic corpus for his chronicle of the bedeviled, Welsh actor, nominated this year for his second Academy Award. Read full book review >

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SMOKE by Ellen Hopkins
YOUNG ADULT
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 >

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PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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 >

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FALLOUT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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 >

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GLASS by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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 >

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TRAFFICK by Ellen Hopkins
YOUNG ADULT
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 >

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LOVE LIES BENEATH by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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RUMBLE by Ellen Hopkins
YOUNG ADULT
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 >

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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 >

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TILT by Ellen Hopkins
YOUNG ADULT
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 >

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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 >