“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.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another book review!
“Mistakes are easy to come by. Why make the same one twice?”
Stars (Out of 10): 8/10 Stars
Overall Thoughts: I’ve read quite a few of Ellen Hopkins’ books, and each time they seem to surprise. Either with a plot twist, depth in plot, or just showing the horrors of a bad decision gone horribly wrong. This book fell into the deep category, covering heavy topics, but one’s that are important to read about, or talk about. Not only does this book deal with bullying and grief, but has a religious nature (both shown as good and bad), as well as a theme of forgiveness. Overall, it wrapped up quite nicely, and I’m glad I read it.
The Good: Very dramatic topics, but were taken seriously and not used just as a plot device. In addition, had a nice ending (which, I’m sorry to say, is not exactly common of Hopkins’ books. They are realistic in that not every book gets a happy ending.) In addition, I just loved how the topics melded together, and how they didn’t end up forcing an opinion on you (all sides were given both cons and pros), and just gave your mind something to think on, and make your own opinion off of. That, on top of the excellent writing and good plot, made this book a really good one.
The Bad: Some parts of the plot starting to include some plot devices I’m not the biggest fan of, and while it didn’t develop too far, it still made the portion of that book unenjoyable. I also was left with a few burning questions about the past of some of the characters.
SPOILERS BEGIN HERE
The Characters: Our cast of characters included a varied cast, from the main character being a grief-stricken quick to anger teenager, with a god-loving girlfriend, to parents that can’t stand each other, and supportive teachers. It ended up fitting together well, and their issues and breaking relationships provided the perfect atmosphere for the lessons of this novel to be taught.
The Plot: No, there wasn’t tons of plot twists and secrets revealed at each page, no riveting action or intense dialogue. But it was realistic, and made sense, and for that I liked the book. If you can write a theme or a topic well, there isn’t a need to make the plot the most exciting and twisty one ever. Instead, Hopkins took issues that some of us might face, and showed us that we weren’t necessarily alone, or gave others an insight in issues that do happen in the world, and maybe opened our eyes to them, to allow us the chance to try and help. However, the only thing I can never really stand in romantic plots is cheating, and it did happen in this book. I’m glad it was ended quickly, and our main character was actually smart to not let it continue with Alexa unless he wasn’t with Hayden anymore, but it still made that part of the book kinda blegh.
The Favorite Character: Alexa