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Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

People sometimes make the mistake of asking my what my favorite book is.  As in, “What’s your favorite book of all time?”  Seriously?  I don’t think I could pick a single favorite book from the books I have read so … Continue reading

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

How appropriate that I should finish the latest Ellen Hopkins book at lunch today!  She is one of my favorite “banned” authors, and I have read all of her books.  They can be a bit depressing to read, but she … Continue reading

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Perfection is unattainable, and yet many people beat themselves up trying to reach what they deem to be perfect.  Sometimes, the quest for perfection can be relatively innocuous — like buying different clothes, dying your hair, or whitening your teeth.  … Continue reading

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical twins whose life might seem ideal to outsiders.  They live in sunny California where their father is a district court judge and their mom is running for congress.  You don’t have to go too far … Continue reading

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

If not for their time spent at Aspen Springs [a mental hospital in Reno, Nevada], these teens never would have met.  Because Conner, Tony, and Vanessa have all tried to kill themselves, though, they were admitted to Aspen Springs and … Continue reading

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Librarian Josh Westbrook once said, “Kids are living stories every day that we wouldn’t let them read.”  As sad as it is to have to admit this to ourselves, there are teens out there who have truly horrible lives.  And … Continue reading

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

This was the book that pretty much started it all for Ellen Hopkins, though it wasn’t the first book of her popular YA books I had read. Since I had to replace Crank again — from the spine breaking with … Continue reading

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Pattyn Von Stratten is a curious teenager — and curiosity is all it takes to get into major trouble when you belong to a majorly-abusive, fundamentalist family.  Questions about God, sex, love, and female subservience get her into hot water … Continue reading

The Sky between You and Me by Catherine Alene

Raesha is not the stereotypical girl with an eating disorder from the “after school specials” of my youth.  She isn’t the super-popular girl who is afraid to lose it all if she gains a few pounds, nor is she the … Continue reading

Banned Books Week

“Torch every book. Burn every page. Char every word to ash. Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear.”  — Ellen Hopkins I like to celebrate Banned Books Week every year to help raise awareness and remind people that … Continue reading