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Rumble

Ellen Hopkins

Hopkins' popular novels in verse (Smoke, 2013) have covered a wide range of topics and here she focuses on faith through the voice of cynical high-school senior Matthew Turner. His family is in shambles following the death of his gay younger brother who was bullied into suicide. Matt's so-called friends are no help and turn their backs when things get tough. To make matters worse, his beautiful and very religious girlfriend, Hayden, is drawn to her church’s dynamic young minister. When a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble that wakes him up; calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question.