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Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins
By:  Lauren H., Teen Press Corps Member

One of my favorite authors of all time is the ever fabulous Ellen Hopkins. I was introduced to Mrs. Hopkins brilliance by happenstance; I picked up her book, Crank, in a used bookstore. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

The beginning of Mrs. Hopkins brilliance is the way she writes, in poems. Every word that is in her books is in poem form and, occasionally written in poems within poems. I know, mind-blown. Now I know that might sound hard to read, I mean a book that’s written in poems, virtually impossible. But not so darlings, it’s actually quite easy. But that’s only the beginning of her brilliance.

When I say ‘taboo-subjects when talking about teenagers, what do you think about? Drugs? Addiction? Suicide? Depression? Sex? Abuse? Pregnancy? Sexuality? Well all of that of is exactly what Ellen Hopkins writes about. All the taboo subjects, the no-noes, and the ‘teenagers don’t even have access to that stuff.’ She writes about the dark underbelly of life and how those, even her daughter who inspired her most popular series called Crank, get drawn into it. Her books focus on people you would never think are getting into the sorts of trouble they do. They really prove that you never know what someone is going through.

If you haven’t rushed out to our nearest bookstore already, go now! You won’t regret it. And remember, don’t judge a book by its cover.

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