Rumble is about 18 year-old named Matt who is a mess after his younger brother commits suicide. The story follows Matt as he struggles with the exploration of forgiveness and faith. Matt’s not one for believing in faith, in fact he wrote an essay explicitly expressing his disbelief in a higher power. That essay and the anger behind it causes the adults in Matt’s life to worry that he’ll fall off the deep end. Matt’s anger, disbelief in faith and determination to hold onto blame lead to a very compelling and heart wrenching story.
As with all of Ellen Hopkins’s books, Rumble is realistic and explores some hard to talk about topics. Rumble makes you think, or at least it made me think, about love, life, and death. The character development is fantastic. The whole story is emotionally riveting.
If you’re looking for a book that makes you think, and will possibly make you cry, I definitely recommend giving Rumble a read.
My Rating: 5/5