Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

We are happy to report that we've just added to the VHS collection Ellen Hopkins' Smoke, the much anticipated sequel to Burned.  Stop by the circulation desk if you want to be put on the waiting list.

Summary:  Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. But is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you’ve known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth? From

Review by Yesenia Sandoval, 10th grade (Vice President of the Library Improvement Club)

Ellen Hopkins Burned was a cliffhanger because Pattyn is on a bridge choosing life without her soulmate or death. Burned never mentioned what happened to her father so it felt like Pattyn clinging to her life was the end. Period, no sequel, no nothing. Reading this 600-page book in less than 4 hours shows how amazing her writing is. In the novel very few new characters were added which was well done because new characters might have made this a mess. In my opinion more suspense could have been added but her detail was spot-on because I believe that's Hopkins forte. Hopkins should have kept Pattyn's love interest to the same person instead of adding a new man, but this adds a sense of light and future to Pattyn's character. This book is somewhat relatable to somebody's life but a few of her other novels are very relatable, at least to me. If you've ever shot your father... read this book! Ellen Hopkins never fails to pull you into her novels. Smoke is not one to miss!

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