Book Reviews

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

The You I’ve Never Knownimg_2432 follows the story of 17 year-old Ariel. Ariel and her dad have never stayed in one place for long. Now they’ve finally stayed put long enough for Ariel to form some real relationships, friendships and more. Life gets complicated when Ariel’s mother shows up claiming her dad had abducted her a a toddler. 

I enjoyed this book. The characters are good, and the plot is intriguing.

I only wish we would have gotten to see a deeper side to Ariel’s relationships. We never get to truly know any of the characters other than Ariel and her dad.

My Rating: 3.5/5


Book Reviews

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

rumbleRumble 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


Pride in Books

Unfortunately the majority of books don’t feature LGBTQ characters. Here are eight books that do.

1) Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

2) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

3) Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

4) Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

5) Far From You by Tess Sharpe

6) Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

7) Black Iris by Leah Raeder

8) Tricks by Ellen Hopkins



Favourite Authors

IMG_2266My favourite author is Ellen Hopkins. I first discovered her books at the time in my life where I could get the most out of her stories. I think that’s a large part of why I consider her my top favourite author.

Ellen Hopkins writes young adult and adult fiction books. With the exception of Love Lies Beneath and her short stories, all of her books are written in prose. The vast majority of her books deal with issues regarding addictions and/or mental health.

The first book I ever read by her was Identical, and I instantly fell in love. But it was Impulse that had the biggest influence on me. It really cemented my love for Hopkins’ writing.

A couple of my other favourite authors include:

  • Kelley Armstrong
  • Richelle Mead
  • Becca Fitzpatrick

Who are your favourite authors?