Smoke - YA Review by Alexis F

Reader: Alexis F.
Age: 14
Title: Smoke
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pub Date: 09/10/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book:  Smoke was well put together (in other words, well written) and it had very realistic characters.  I've read four other books by Ellen Hopkins so I was expecting what the plot was going to be about, but really this was a lot different.  Smoke is definitely one of my favorites because it's focused on things that happen all the time, but yet people decide to try to ignore it.  In a way I find these books to be inspirational to a lot of teens which is absolutely awesome!  Smoke will most likely keep every reader's interest (especially mine) because it's realistic.  You don't just want to pick up a book about magical fairy lands all the time (and if you do, you probably need to take a break every once in a while).  You want to read about things that are real (or at least seem that way) - Smoke does that!
Memorable or Forgettable: I never forget about any of the books I read, but some things that make Smoke especially memorable is the fact that it's about a teenage girl trying to figure out her life (and no, it's not a big sappy love story or all weird).  I like to read about how other people think (even if they happen to be fictional) and reading about a girl coming from the situation that she's from (it's pretty crazy mind you), it's interesting and informational.
Cover: The cover of Smoke didn't really interest me.  It was more the fact that Ellen Hopkins was the author.  Smoke is actually the sequel of Burned (but I haven't read that yet) so  maybe the first book explains the cover a bit more, but I believe the cover is supposed to represent what goes on in the book.  In Smoke, there's a girl finding her life again after something of a disaster happens (in the first book).  So, the cover as well as the title is supposed to show that after the fire (disaster) there is the smoke (leftover of the fire.  Still there, but mostly a memory).
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags:  realistic fiction / contemporary / Burned / ya lit

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