A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Read my review of People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins.
Book Review: People Kill People
I have loved Ellen Hopkins’ books for a long time. But the newer novels don’t have the same impact as the older ones.
“Violence” is the narrator of the book and it is from the viewpoint of seven different characters. In the book, we meet each of these characters and learn each of their difficult backstories.
Rand and Cami – the teenage parents with a young son
Silas and Ashlyn – members of a white supremacist group
Daniel – the mentally unstable homeless boy
Grace – the girl who lost her father to violence
Noelle – the girl with the seizures
I do love how each of the characters stories weave into all the others. It’s like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon thing where each of the characters connects through some degree of association.
The book was well written with each storyline well developed. The epilogue gives a nice fast-forward view which we don’t normally get in Hopkins’ novels.
The book is in a prose-like format for the violence chapters and regular story format for the character chapters. I miss the prose format of previous books.
The ending was pretty predictable if you paid attention throughout the book. Most of the character’s stories were predictable. I’m not sure if that means the book was predictable or that all of Hopkins’ novels follow the same format, so it was easier to guess.
Overall, the book was good. It just wasn’t as good as the Ellen Hopkins books of old that I loved so much.