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

  • Kate
    Not her usual verse novel style, although there are elements of it, but Hopkins still manages to break hearts, minds and characters. :)
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Spencer
    absolutely incredible. hard to read at times because of the subject matter, but absolutely necessary.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Alex's Reads & Reviews
    This is an incredibly conflicting read for me, it was the exact opposite of what I expected, but it still satisfied me? This one's tough to rate, but here we go - my 6 step rating system.TW: Racism, sexism, epilepsy, suicide.1) Writing Style - this book is written in partly poetry, which was beautiful and though-provoking, clearly Hopkins' area of expertise, and makes me want to pick up her other stories written exclusively in poetry. However, th...
  • BookishGeek
    I read a lot of books about gun violence. Not because I am big into the second amendment or my firearm rights - on the contrary, I am very much an anti-gun person. But with gun violence ever on the rise in America, I feel it's very important to carefully let our teenagers, our young adults and new adults alike, understand what society is doing, what some of this fighting really is all about.Ellen Hopkins is known for her no-nonsense, unflinching ...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    Actual rating: between a 3.5 and 4 stars. I kept wavering and didn't know if my "lower" rating was because of my feeling about the subject matter. The writing was good enough that it made me feel disturbed, which I guess is a good thing. I wasn't always a fan of the 2nd person POV-the entire book is narrated by what I guess is violence, and the 6 main characters are used with 2nd person. Violence is talking to the reader as if we are them. This m...
  • Erikka
    Again, Hopkins finds her finger firmly on the pulse of a major national issue and, in her own inimitable fashion, she addresses it constructively and thought-provokingly. Violence narrates this tale, introducing you to a cast of characters in second person--a young family, a victim of gun violence, a few white supremacists, a homeless boy, and a girl tied to all of them in various ways. As you slip in and out of bodies and minds, you see how viol...
  • Allison
    “See, the absolute truth is people do kill people. A gun just makes it easier. Even a child can do it.”I really wanted to pick this book up because I think it’s important for YA to tackle prevalent issues like gun and the right to bare arms. I think this book does a great job of providing an array of different people with different backgrounds and reasons for wanting to carry - from protection of oneself/family, to thoughts of suicide and j...
  • B220
    I found People Kill People to be a relatively fairly told story about guns and gun violence in this country. Though entirely fictional, it is based largely in our current climate of right versus left, 2nd amendment versus gun control, and hate groups versus immigrants. Ellen Hopkins notes in the author's note she grew up with guns and is, herself, a good shot (though she does not currently own a gun).Told in alternating free verse and prose, with...