People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

People Kill People

Someone 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...

Details People Kill People

TitlePeople Kill People
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
GenreYoung Adult, Poetry, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews People Kill People

  • Theresa
    3.5 stars but rounding down to 3 for Goodreads rating system. This book was ok. I'll be the first to admit I was not the intended target audience. But honestly I would not want my young teen who would have been to read this. For me the story was strong and interesting so that's where the stars were earned. As for for the style, let's just say I was NOT a fan. It wasn't so off putting that I couldn't finish. I just do not care for poetry or verse....
  • Kate
    Not her usual verse novel style, although there are elements of it, but Hopkins still manages to break hearts, minds and characters. :)
  • Teresa
    This isn't my favorite Hopkins book, but still masterfully written. The pacing felt slightly slower, and I felt like the ending was rather predictable with some of the characters (Daniel's actually surprised me though). I enjoyed the epilogue, where we got to see the futures of all of the characters, something Hopkins doesn't usually do. The message of this piece is very powerful, of course, and reflects contemporary issues today that we as peopl...
  • Jade Melody
    This was an important story surrounding a controversial topic that is only argued but never written about in such way. Ellen Hopkins beautifully wrote the different perspectives concerning guns, immigration, and races. This was a hard read only because it dealt with the reality that human violence is happening all around us for a variety of different reasons. I would really recommend this book to anyone.This book has triggers such as gun violence...
  • Alicia
    I guess I’m still looking for her signature style that has matured and graduated to a different level, especially with her adult novels and her personal politics. Though gun violence is a timely topic and yeomans work to do right. It works. It’s tragic. It’s lovely. You meet well-rounded characters and learn about different lives that are mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. The ending is sad though not completely surprising.It’s im...
  • Spencer
    absolutely incredible. hard to read at times because of the subject matter, but absolutely necessary.
  • April
    Sadly, despite really loving other books by Hopkins, this one is not working for me. DNF. I read about 70 pages before realizing I was rolling my eyes on every single page. So, I flipped to the last 20 or so pages and skimmed those. I do not feel I missed anything of importance in the intervening 400 pages. Which solidifies that this was not a book I was going to enjoy. Which is disappointing as this had all the right markers of an intense tale I...
  • Heather Panella
    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this at BEA 2018 and oh this book! Ellen Hopkins, you've torn my heart and given me so much to think about. People Kill People is smart, eloquent, beautiful, heartbreaking, and just plain old GOOD! It's a book that we desperately need right now; one that looks at the tough issues head on, makes them personal and relatable and forces you to confront them face to face. This book pulls no punches, takes no prisone...
  • Meaghan
    “It doesn’t matter how the gunfell into the wrong hands.It only matters that it did.”People Kill People follows the story of the essence of violence and a gun, and how these two work to affect the lives of 6 distinct people. Told in a combination of verse and second person prose, Hopkins manages to weave a tale that both grips you and frightens you, all while discussing the truth of violence and weapons. I’ve been reading Hopkins’s book...
  • Nadine
    I’ve been an avid Ellen Hopkins fan since high school. Her books are always hard hitting, poignant, and unrelenting. Hopkins does not coddle her readers nor does she handle them with kid gloves. Her novels always feature triggering topics and People Kill People is no exception.Hopkins’ writing style is certainly not for everyone. She writes almost exclusively in verse. This choice allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the characters a...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    All I could think of after reading this book was WOW.This is my first book I've read by Ellen Hopkins and I think the reason why I've stayed away from her books is not because I didn't think they would be good, but books are an escape for me and I too often see the dark underbelly of the world and so I knew it would be a trigger. But these books are so important and have been important to many people who needed them.This particular book is fantas...
  • Deborah Hightower
    This book was very disturbing to read but so necessary. Gun violence occurs on a regular basis. In the last few days while I was finishing this book a man with mental health issues legally bought a gun and shot people in a bank and a female police officer entered an apartment she mistook for hers and shot and killed the man inside. Each time this happens we ask questions like why did the person shoot? How did they get a gun? What was going on in ...
  • Kelly Hager
    Like all of Ellen Hopkins' novels, this is intense. We know from the onset (literally even before we start to read) that someone will die. We don't know who, or who will do the shooting. And from the beginning, we know that some of these characters are completely awful. I feel guilty, but I was definitely hoping for one or two of the characters to be shot and killed. (Yes, I do console myself with the fact that they're fictional people. It help...
  • Sara
    This book broke my heart. Full review on my blog.
  • Elena
    I'm always so incredibly impressed with Ellen Hopkins' ability to emotionally wreck me. She is seriously one of my favorite writers. She always writes about something relevant and hard to read, always writes for the education and betterment of people. And she does it so well. I love her stories, how well-written her characters are, and how absolutely beautiful her words are when they come together, whether in verse or in prose. I'll for sure read...
  • Jeweliana
    DNF.A book that does too much and not enough all at once. Violence is the personified narrator and while that was interesting at first, it just became annoying once you realized this voice was not going away.I believe I read through three narrators (in second person) and they were all grown white racist men. I hear there's one diverse character later on but I was not interested. Although these racist white men are written about in second person, ...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Contemplate. What’s required to become the catalyst for death? A moral compass, sprung and spinning haywire? Antifreeze, flowing through your veins. Or, perhaps, nothing more than circumstance?"I’ve hard the hardest time coming up with a rating for and I’m going to have an even harder time writing a review. Ellen Hopkins comes at you hard, gripping your throat, making your heart beat frantically as she fills you in on what’s going on in ...
  • Jessica White
    Disclaimer: this book deals with sexual abuse, suicidal ideation, and gun violence.Now, that that's been said.... lets get down to business.Ellen Hopkins took a chance on this book, and wrote in a new and unique way. Instead of her usual free verse poetry style, she led us straight into the skin of the characters with poetry sprinkled throughout. But the amazing thing that she did.....She made violence the narrator. Which is amazing.People Kill P...
  • Karen Barber
    A simple message...though other factors may aid the process, it’s people who kill people.This contemporary read allows us insight into the lives of a lot of characters, each of whom has reason to be angry/to want to hurt people/to feel like they need the protection of a gun. We have a family grieving after a shooting; a young family finding their feet; White Supremacist supporters; a young man determined to take revenge on his old Scout Master ...
  • Kiki Cole
    This book had a lot of offensive but true topics. I would say that it was good but it could’ve been better, maybe a little bit more well executed, because I got the feeling that it was a bit hard to read because I am for certain things like pride and immigration. I think the cast of characters wasn’t as diverse as I would’ve liked it to be but the fact that it takes place in Arizona makes sense for the fact that there was only one diverse c...
  • Krissy Hamrick
    I will admit this book caused some INTENSE anxiety. Which is why it took me longer than usual to finish. However, it was such an important topic to address. It may make you uncomfortable, but the ugly truth often does.The title really says it all. People. Kill. People.
  • Bonnie
    Wake up call for sure. Excellent book by the author.
  • Claudia
    What do you say about a talent and a passion like Ellen Hopkins? You say, "Thank you, World."This book reads differently from others of her books...usually each character speaks for him or herself in first person first person narrator is a gun. And all the seductive power of believing guns give you power....The character narrations are prose pieces that invite us to slip into someone else's second person, we learn wh...
  • Stephanie
    Let me just start by saying that this should probably be marketed as a horror book because it left me shaking. Maybe because I have a baby and maybe because his name is Silas but JEEZ. I don’t want to spoil anything because I received an ARC, but here’s a few things: —We all know that Hopkins had a way with words but whoa. Each word seems perfectly chosen. There’s nothing flowery, nothing extraneous—just the perfect words to get the sto...
  • Jordan (pagetravels)
    1.5/5I honestly am not entirely sure exactly how I feel about this but what I do know is it has some serious issues that I can't really get over.
  • Rhonda Leese
    Wow. Has a handful of characters whom we follow all through the book as it moves toward an immigration rally. Each character has a reason for wanting a gun and committing violence. The inside cover says, "People kill people. Six teens. Six reasons to pull the trigger. Someone will fire. And someone will die. Guns just make it easier." Couldn't put it down.
  • Katie
    *won in a Goodreads giveaway* I found it completely unreadable. The style was grating and the subject matter deeply unpleasant. Couldn’t even finish.
  • Ellen Klock
    At a time when hate has become a common occurrence where children are being held in detention centers while their parents are deported or bombs are being sent through the mail to high profile individuals or a synagogue has become the target of gunfire during a religious ceremony, these events, whether sanctioned or not, are the result of mistrust and resentment towards those who are not considered a part of main stream society. Nationalism (versu...