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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,
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Hardcover, 431 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Cooper -Live_Love_Read- I thought of them as Chaos and Temptations... It was a very interesting take on narration.
Shannon Fay This is going to be Young Adult. It can be found inthe YA section of bookstores

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Carlene Inspired
Aug 08, 2018 marked it as to-read
Not sure when I'll be ready to read any book about gun violence, but it's Ellen Hopkins and I read everything she writes so maybe someday I'll be ready for this.
Kate
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, arc
Not her usual verse novel style, although there are elements of it, but Hopkins still manages to break hearts, minds and characters. :)
Teresa
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 people must face. And sadly, this might continue to be
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Theresa
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: advance-reads
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. Since receiving the book I realize that is the au
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Spencer
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 important, but lacked the pacing and interest of something l
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Heather Panella
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 prisoners, and does not suffer fool on issues like gun co ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: publisher-sent
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 fantastic in structure, story, and characters. It is wri
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April
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Deborah Hightower
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 their life to make them snap? Just as the author p ...more
Kelly Hager
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 helps. A little.) And all of the characters are flawed,
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Sara
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book broke my heart. Full review on my blog.
Elena
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs-in-2018, lgbt, 2018
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 her books as long as she writes them.
Jessica White
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 People is told through 6 POV's: Rand, Silas, Daniel
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Kiki Cole
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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 character pretty much but there was someone who had epile ...more
Jeweliana
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
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, as if you're 'slipping into their skin', unless yo
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Krissy Hamrick
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Thea (All About Books)
Putting don for now. Will try again when I'm in the right mood.
Bonnie
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wake up call for sure. Excellent book by the author.
Stephanie
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 story across while also kind of punching you in the gut at the
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Jordan (pagetravels)
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5/5
I 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
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
"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 the world. The truth that flows through is terrifying, hea
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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, the majority of the book was written in collective f
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BookishGeek
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 takes on certain hot-button topics that other YA a
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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 poetry...here...the 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 skin...in second person, we learn what motivates, what frightens, what enrages our you
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Amy
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 made it feel a bit jarring and uncomfortable at tim ...more
Kayla Brunson
ARC provided via Edelweiss for an honest review.

“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 ge
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Erikka
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 violence shapes a person and what would drive a seemin ...more
B220
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 an omniscient narrator that is "violence, People
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Kelly Gagne
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am mixed on this one. As usual the writing is great and the characters well developed. They all have different views and it's always interesting to read both sides.


It was predictable in some ways, I think because of the narrator. The intent of the story was made clear early on and because of that it was clear that the one getting shot was one of two characters. All of the stories felt relevant or even something you'd hear on the news so I think it's good for teens (the target audience) to rea
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Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkin ...more