Not in family – his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when things get tough. Not in some all-powerful creator who lets too much bad stuff happen. And certainly not in some “It Gets Better” psychobabble.
No matter what his girlfriend, Hayden, says about faith and forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s forgiving all those he blames. He’s decided to “live large and go out with a huge bang,” and whatever happens happens. But when a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble – a rumble that wakes him up, calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question.
With brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance, bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s Rumble explores the highly charged landscapes of faith and forgiveness in a story that asks, what if you don’t have faith in yourself, let alone in anyone or anything else? And what if the one person you need to forgive the most is yourself?
First Sentence: In the narrow pewter space between the gray of consciousness and the obsidian where dreams ebb and flow, there is a wishbone window.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
There’s no doubt that I’m a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins’ works. Her earlier work, Burned, is still one of my most favorite books of all time and I’m still scarred for life from Identical after reading it three years earlier. Every time before I start reading an Ellen Hopkins book, I know that I’ll most likely enjoy it, which is why I had absolutely none to very little worries about me enjoying Rumble.
There is one main reason why I was a little worried about reading Rumble – I don’t like reading books talking about religion in big or small ways. Even a paragraph talking about religion in a book will make me shudder and promptly close the book and leave it sitting on my table for awhile. With Rumble, I knew I was going into a book that will talk very deeply about religion and I was prepared for it because well, it’s Ellen Hopkins we’re talking about and I just know she’ll never lead me astray. Imagine my surprise when I wasn’t annoyed with any of the religion talk in Rumble. I think a huge reason why I felt that way is because Rumble didn’t feel preachy to me at all – the topic was treated in a careful manner and it also shared some of my viewpoints on religion.
Normally, I’ll be totally engaged. Instead I keep thinking about foods that start with p. Why p? I seriously have no idea. Pastrami. Pancakes. Plums. (27)
As expected from Ellen Hopkins’ books, Rumble is also full of emotion. It managed to drag so many emotions from me – I felt sad for the situation Matt was in, anger for people who treated him badly, more anger for the injustices in Matt’s life, and a very strong need to set things right for him. Even though I didn’t cry or even tear up a little while reading Rumble like I did previously with Ellen Hopkins’ other books, Ellen Hopkins managed to grab such strong emotions out of me like very few authors have done before.
I only have one problem with Rumble – I felt like the ending was too rushed. Ellen Hopkins’ drops a bomb on us at the end of the book and about fifteen pages later, the book ends. Those fifteen pages she gave us wasn’t nearly enough to resolve the bomb Ellen Hopkins dropped on us. It left the book feeling unresolved and incomplete.
Remind me not to get married in my lifetime! What is it about marriage that makes people start to hate each other? Then again, sometimes I wonder if what initially attracted those two to each other wasn’t, in fact, hate. (90)
I’ve mentioned this when I reviewed other books by Ellen Hopkins like Smoke and Tilt and I’ll just say this again: Don’t let Ellen Hopkins’ poetry style scare you. Even though Ellen Hopkins’ writing style looks like poetry, it isn’t read like poetry. You can read Ellen Hopkins’ writing like it is any other normal book. I feel really sad when I see people say they don’t want to give Ellen Hopkins’ books a try because they don’t like poetry. I don’t like reading poetry either, but trust me, Ellen Hopkins’ books are not poetry. I promise.
Overall, I really enjoyed Rumble with the exception of the rushed ending. If you’re in the mood for a book that’ll drag tons of emotions from you, you should definitely go and give Rumble a try.