As you may know, Hopkins has been called “the bestselling living poet in the U.S.” for her signature free verse writing style. There are more than 4.5 million copies of her book in print and Hopkins has founded a non-profit organization to help disadvantaged young adults get on their feet and follow successful career paths called Ventana Sierra.
In SMOKE, Hopkins weaves a compelling and provocative story about Pattyn and Jackie von Stratten, teenage sisters in a strict Mormon household and community that suffer abuse at the hands of the person they should trust most in this world: their father. It explores faith and family, domestic abuse, rape, identity, grief, and what it takes to rise from the ashes, put ghosts to rest, and step into the future.
Hopkins has built a strong reputation for writing novels that represent the harsh realities and struggles teens face on a daily basis. Many of her ideas are informed by conversations and letters she receives from fans thanking her for honestly portraying the challenges and issues they are confronted with regularly.
At the end of SMOKE, Hopkins writes to readers about domestic abuse and the important of speaking up and out. No one deserves to be abused and with this book she is hoping to help give her readers the courage to stand up for themselves.
What do you think? Ellen Hopkins is truly in a league of her own. The work she is doing both as a writer and now with her non-profit, is remarkable.