Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
Can an atheist be saved? The New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks explores the highly charged landscapes of faith and forgiveness with brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance.
“There is no God, no benevolent ruler of the earth, no omnipotent grand poobah of countless universes. Because if there was...my little brother would still be fishing or playing basketball instead of fertilizing cemetery vegetation.”
Matthew Turner doesn’t have faith in anything.
Not in family—his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when things get tough. Not in some all-powerful creator who lets too much bad stuff happen. And certainly not in some “It Gets Better” psychobabble.
No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about faith and forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting go of blame. He’s decided to “live large and go out with a huge bang,” and whatever happens happens. But when a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble…a rumble that wakes him up, calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question.
Publishes in US: August 26th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA contemp in poetry
Source: Simon and Schuster
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So, I normally don't read books that are written in poetry, but I read a book that the poetry was just an aspect and it was more narrative and I was able to enjoy. This one I just couldn't get into. The writing is undeniably beautiful and captivating, but I just have a hard time enjoying myself when I have to dig for the meaning and that I don't have as many details filled in.
This is definitely a case where it is my reading style and preferences that prevented me from enjoying, but since I was lucky to get an advanced copy, its not for me.
That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
What's your belief system?