This will be an easy one to recommend to my students. I love how the story is told from the perspective of six teenagers with unique life situations. Then, interspersed with poetry that could easily stand alone and it is highly thought-provoking. I will use some of the poetry as writing prompts. This is my first read by Ellen Hopkins and it did not disappoint.
I accomplished My Week 1 goals in 6 days. I have already started on book 2 of 6 and am on track to meet my personal fitness goals for the month. I finished The Marrow Thieves and started listening to The House Girl on my walk yesterday and started reading the tagged book this morning.
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A mix of poetry and prose about gun violence. Profiles six characters and how they ended up making the choices they did that led to a shooting. Not bad, but the styles sometimes clashed and while the characters were well done, they weren‘t particularly sympathetic. Appreciated her attempt to look at gun violence through poetry. The intro and afterwards were interesting too.
I love having a reading journal to look back through what I‘ve read and quotes I‘ve loved. Anyone else keep a reading journal? Anything special you make sure to note down? (Always looking for ways to make my journal better)
Differs from her usual style by including prose. Dislike the narrator, felt like a cardboard cut out with a pretentious attitude. Felt like there were too many characters to really get connected to any of them, and the ending was predictable. But the political statement was good.
I honestly love this book. It was sooo interesting and especially now with what happened to MSD and all the other shootings. It gives perspective on all sides and their views on gun violence and just guns in generally. I also like the fact that I didn‘t love the characters, that‘s kind of how people are they have a side that not a lot of people like but it does make them who they are. It had a great realistic factor that I really love.
Book of 2019
I have a hard time with this book because it was a fascinating read but I hated all the characters. I‘m not sure if this was intentional or if the characters were all just crappy people but either way I find it hard to care about a book when I don‘t like who I‘m reading about. I do think this is a great topic to write about as it‘s ever present in our world right now. So for me this was a fast mediocre read.
Got an e-gift card from my mom to B&N and this is my haul!
People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Wife Between Us by Hendricks and Pekkanen
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Circe by Madeline Miller
And books 2 and 3 of The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
#barnesandnoble #b&n #bookhaul #fantasy #historicalfiction #realisticfiction #fiction #yafiction #mystery #nonfiction
I will never read another Ellen Hopkins as a result. In my defense, this was an ARC and needed to review it. #worstreads
I really enjoyed this book! It is written in the second person and told from the point of view of the 6 main characters. That made it very easy to get in to the characters' heads. My "omg what if ______ is the shooter to do a play on ______" prediction (half way through) ended up being right which was exciting. Shooter and reason were right but victim was wrong. 2/3 ain't bad though! I definitely recommend this book ? #ellenhopkins #YAfiction
I read this morning while I got my winter tires put on and when my name was called to let me know my car was ready, another person in the waiting area commended me on my concentration! I told him I was so close to the end I just had to keep reading. Very excited to finish this tonight and see just what inspired the inside of the book jacket
(I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.
This book by Ellen Hopkins switches between her signature verse style and prose. Her prose reads a lot like her very, so the dialogue comes off kind of stilted at times, but that does little to affect the book.
Full review at https://mydearwatsonbooks.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/people-kill-people/.
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In this novel, Ellen Hopkins approaches the subject of gun control, nationalism, and violence from multiple perspectives, and while I know that this is fiction, I could hardly stomach reading the very real sentiments expressed by some of the characters. This book is a grim reflect of America, with no hints at possible solutions. In light of all the tragedy that has occurred in the past several weeks, I found this difficult to read.
Decided to try and end my reading slump by starting the newest Ellen Hopkins. Hopefully one of my favorite authors can break this slump.
I really didn‘t like this book at all. The topic was difficult, and the characters were all unlikeable. I don‘t like her writing, even though it was well written. Perhaps in a different time or place I may be able to like it more. But in October 2018, where 11 Jews were murdered in a synagogue, I just can‘t.
I had a really tough time with this book. I was excited about it after I saw Ellen Hopkins speak at the Texas Teen Book Festival, but I found myself constantly putting this book down because I needed a break from it. Because there were 6 main characters, I didn't feel like I got to know any of them well enough to be able to empathize with them. Not a big fan of the ending, either. #readingjournal
What a quirky, topical, not-entirely-satisfying read. Imagine Jodi Picoult and Rupi Kaur teamed up to rewrite The Book Thief so it‘s about modern day gun violence in the US. I saw the ending coming, which was disappointing. I bet it‘d be an interesting book club pick, if your book club is open to YA.
At a time when gun violence is at its highest, this book could not be more appropriate. One thing I love about Ellen Hopkins, is that she is not afraid to tackle those hard to swallow subjects and how they affect everyone. This is by far my favorite book by her. She began the book with a “wow” moment and ended the book with a “wow” moment. When I was finished all I could do was sit and think, “Wow.”
“Guns don‘t kill people. People kill people.”
Felt like a verse novel kind of afternoon. Spent part of the day transforming my mom's former room into a library/writing/guest room. It's bittersweet but it was harder keeping her room the same. Now I have a nice relaxing space to read. ❤📚