People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

38355061Someone will shoot. And someone will die.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel.

People kill people. Guns just make it easier.

A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?

One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?

ARC provided via Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program for an honest review.

My Thoughts

“See, I’ve got this theory.
Given the right circumstances,
any person could kill someone.
Even you.”

Rating this book was hard but trying to come up with a review was so much harder. I didn’t rate this book and I honestly don’t even think that this review will make that much sense, but here goes.

I wanted to read this book because it’s about gun violence and that’s something going on in America today. This book is more interactive in a way. You get to take a walk in their shoes all the while, you are trying to figure out the ending. Who was the one who pulled the trigger?

Its told between two formats. One that’s almost like poetry and then the POV of the characters. I honestly wasn’t a fan of the poetry format. It features topics about stereotypes, racism, hatred, and violence. Also, the second amendment is very talked about here. 

The main reason my rating is so low is because there is a ton of offensive content here! I can understand why it was written, but I’m not the person who likes that in my books. Especially to that degree.

While I did get the point of the book, it has some offensive content that I don’t really think I would be able to get over. This is about important issues so I do think people should read it, just take the content into consideration.

** Quote was taken from an ARC and is subject to change upon publication.

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14 thoughts on “People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

  1. I agree with you–I think this is an important story, but I also wouldn’t be able to get past the offensive content, especially if it’s at a high degree. At least content around this topic is being put out there. Great review!

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  2. Oh man, I totally get the conundrum… on one hand you have to hand it to people that are willing to tackle such difficult subjects BUT there is a reason these topics are difficult to address, and unless it is done REALLY well, it can easily backfire. I’m probably going to skip this one but thank you for reading it & for the honest review ❤ Hope the next one is cheerier 😀

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