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, 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. :)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    4.5 stars
  • Claire
    So confronting and relevant to today's world. I love how all of Ellen Hopkins' books make you think and actually scare you. Everything in this book could definitely happen in the real world.
  • Shannon Pierce
    Intense. Hopkins words are felt!
  • Brandy
    Wow, I don't even know where to begin. A powerful, timely story told in 6 points of view about anger, revenge, and gun violence. The ending was surprising and shocking. A must read!!
  • Kim
    Wow, such a powerful message!
  • Bibliofiendlm
    Hopkins again does what she does best--blending her style of prose and verse to tackle tough topics in a harsh world. With the rise of both gun violence and racial tensions the author endeavors to explore the lives of several interconnected characters:Rand & Cami - Still teenagers, but married with a young toddler. Rand works himself to death to provide for his family, but a dark secret from his past drives his need for revenge. Cami loves her fa...
  • Grace Zhao
    I got this book from my library for completing summer reading. The story is very with the time as it deals with a lot of current issues mainly immigration, DACA, white nationalist, and second amendment. The second amendment plays a very interesting role in the book, it is what caused the death of the person in the end. But all the urges that the character want to do can also be done without a gun. The book structure is more similar with The You I...
  • Katie
    This is the first book I've read by Ellen Hopkins. I know her books are well loved and people are passionate about them, but I've never picked one up. I clearly have made mistakes. This book has a very distinct style about it. It's wonderfully written, poignant, and timely for our world. This book evokes violence from characters, but in a way I haven't ever read before. The characters say things we've all heard in our lives, whether in the news, ...
  • Mrs. Kenyon
    In this small town, there are many reasons to carry a gun, but not all of them are honest. These six stories all have hidden secrets and as the larger story slowly unravels the reader will discover many of their rationales for wanting a firearm. Gun violence is only one of the topics addressed in this novel; Hopkins also delves into the thinking behind white supremacy and undocumented immigrants. I will admit that these are three large issues and...
  • Kalyn Delillo
    In an extremely unique story that follows seven people all connected one way or another in a town located in Arizona, we are told each of their stories and how violence and hatred has either altered them or spurns them forward. The story starts with a bang telling us of an old couple and a gun later sold to one of those teenagers. I’ve always loved every book that Ellen Hopkins has ever written, so I’m not surprised by how interesting yet dis...
  • Mariam
    This book was heartbreaking, and it made me go crazy. The way Ellen Hopkins tells the story not only makes you very uncomfortable, but it challenges you to keep on going. Each time I finished a chapter I wondered if it was ok for me to keep going, and my my it was. The heart wrenching reality of guns in our everyday lives is prominent today, tomorrow and everyday. The impact 1 persons life can make on so many others is amazing. Eye opening and li...
  • Melissa
    Did Not Finish: I am usually a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins novels in verse. I struggled a lot getting into this one and finally made the decision to put it down. From the start, I had a hard time reading the novel from the varying perspectives - I didn't like how it went back and forth between verse and then the POV of someone who kills with a gun. I know Hopkins is trying to get young adults to stop and think about gun violence but I feel like she...
  • Jennifer
    I've never read Hopkins before but she is very popular in my library and the topic of gun violence is very timely, so I decided to take a chance. It's a pretty intense novel. Readers meet several characters who are interconnected in different ways and in some way, I was just waiting to see which characters died at the end of the book. I'm more of a fantasy reader and generally don't pick up too many novels about such intense topics, so I'm not su...
  • Ann
    I LOVE Ellen Hopkins! She is never afraid to tackle a tough subject matter and never afraid to be intense. She did not disappoint in this novel. People Kill People is a much needed book on a very controversial subject. I like that she presents characters on all sides of the issue and doesn't preach to readers about the subject. This is an important book for all high school students to read. Be aware that this book is for a mature reader as the bo...
  • Kelly Staten
    I’ll focus on the story here, not the politics that surround the topic of this book. It’s timely, relevant and a well developed novel with fleshed out characters. I didn’t care for the break from her usual style of novels written completely in verse - interjecting non-verse chapters broke up the flow of the book and I would have preferred the entire thing to be written in one style or the other. It was a quick read and will be a good discus...
  • LeeAnn
    It had some of her usual writing style but it was different than her usual YA novels. I give it a solid 4.5+ stars. It wasn’t fully plot driven (which I enjoy but uncommon in teen novels) so you had to dive into character development and motivations. I’d really enjoy this in an adult novel!! And the ending was stunning! The ending pushed me to 5⭐ worth the read and so relevant! I’ll add it to my Hopkins collection shelves! Yes plural! ✌...
  • Brittany
    Let's start with the way this book is written. Half prose, half narrative. Pay attention to the prose because the way in which the words are organized on the page is so well done and thought provoking.The topics discussed in this book are definitely difficult to read but I'd rather read a book about fictional characters than continue to read about these events in the news every other day. This book is so timely, and I encourage everyone that's th...
  • Read InAGarden
    Really though provoking novel about stereotypes, hatred, violence and guns. The stories of six teens are intertwined around the narration of one gun. Readers are given clues as to what might happen but Hopkins reveals the role of the gun slowly. The narrative only lasts a few days but over that time span all of the characters are deeply impacted.
  • Bethany Barton
    I have never read a book by Ellen Hopkins before. I found this one interesting. The story is told in verse and narrative. The narrative follows six teens living in Tuscon, Arizona. Each teen has a different idea on gun control and immigration. In the span of a week, all of their lives are changed. Someone will shot a gun and someone will be shot. Who will it be?See, the absolute truth is people do kill people. A gun just makes it easier.