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Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
Transcript of Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
Why read this book?
Ellen Hopkins is an author of many books, including Crank, Burned, Impulse, Identical, Glass, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, and Smoke.
Dedication & Quote
Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
There are a few main characters in Rumble by Ellen Hopkins. The character who speaks the most, and who the book is entirely about is Matthew Turner, a 17 year old atheist. His family consists of a mother and father, who have totally fallen out of love, at least what existed of it, and a brother who is not alive, but is constantly "speaking" to Matthew. Another main character in the book is Hayden, Matthew's extremely religious girlfriend. Her father is mentioned a few times, but is definitely not fond of Matthew. Alexa is one of Matthew's good friends at the beginning of the book. They get much closer as the book continues on. She states that she is "in love" with Matthew, but does Matthew feel the same way?
Other characters in the book include Martha, Matthew's therapist, Lorelei, hies father's girlfriend, Judah, the youth minister, and a few more.
The first main portion of the story is when Matthew gets called to the principal's office, regarding his essay on religion. In the essay, he states how there is no God, and the belief in one is completely outrageous.
Next, Aexa is at a party and is getting drunk with Matthew. Matthew and Alexa leave before it gets too much, but Matthew ends up cheating on Hayden, although Alexa and Matthew decide to keep it a secret.
Matthew goes to Martha, his therapist, and asks he of ways to communicate better with Hayden, as he misses his relationship with her.
Hayden begins talking to Judah, the youth minister, about Matthew. She was getting worried because Matthew never tried to be a raging boyfriend, or like a rude and controlling one. Judah brings up the topic of him possibly being gay, like Matthew's brother, and Hayden begins to look into it.
The theme of this book it basically, don't judge a book by it's cover. The reason that I think this is the theme is because, Matthew has always thought of Hayden as a good christian girl, the love of his life. But in a twist of the book, which I shall not give away, she admits to something terrible, that ends their relationship for good. Also, Matthew thinks that all Alexa wants to do it get with him, to hurt Hayden. It turns out, it is so much different than that, that she actually does love him. Matthew basically judges God, says He's a made up figure for people to dump their problems on. In the end of the book, there is an event that occurs, which I will also not give away. It kills one, and makes another rethink who his brother was, and the possibility of an in-between world.
In this book, there is a large debate back and forth between characters about God, and whether He exists or not. Matthew is an Atheist, and many people close to him are not.
This book encounters many referrals to blame and how it was put on one when it should have been put on another.
If you enjoy a book with many twists and discoveries, then this book is for you!
"This book is dedicated to the far-too-many young people who ended their lives because they couldn't see beyond the pain of the present to the joy waiting for them in the future. Also, those who loved them then, and still love them now." ~Dedication, Ellen Hopkins
"Because if there's one thing I've learned through all this, it's to have faith in love." ~ Page 546, Matthew Turner