Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. But is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you’ve known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?

Bestselling author Ellen Hopkins continues the riveting story of Pattyn Von Stratten she began in Burned to explore what it takes to rise from the ashes, put ghosts to rest, and step into a future.

Smoke Excerpt

    Pattyn Scarlet Von Stratten
    Some Things

    You can’t take back, no
    matter how much you wish
    you could. No matter how
    hard you pray to
    all-powerful miracle maker.
    Some supposed God of Love.
    One you struggle to believe
    exists, because if he did,
    wouldn’t be so out of control,
    and you wouldn’t be sucked dry
    of love and left to be crushed
    like old brittle bones that
    easily ground into dust.
    Hindsight is useless
    when looking back over
    your shoulder at deeds

    Dear, Sweet God

    Forgive me. I don’t know what to do.
    Where to go. How to feel. I’m perched
    on the precipice, waiting for the cliff
    to crumble. No way to change what

    happened. What’s done is done and I . . .
    I can’t think about it. If I do, I’ll throw up
    right here. Bile boils in my gut, erupts
    in my esophagus. I gulp it down, close

    my eyes. But I can still see him, lying there.
    Can still hear the gurgle in his throat.
    Still smell the rich, rusty perfume of blood
    pooling around him. I so wanted him dead.

    My father. Stephen Paul Von Stratten.
    The bastard who beat my mother. Beat
    my sister. Beat me. The son of a bitch
    who was responsible for the accident

    that claimed my Ethan—catapulted him
    wherever you go when you die. Our unborn
    baby rode into that wilderness with him.
    Dear, cruel God. Why couldn’t I go, too?

    Eye for an Eye

    If ever a person deserved to die,
    it was Dad. But when I saw the bullet

    hit its target square, watched him drop,
    surprise forever branded in his sightless

    eyes; when his shallow breathing went
    silent, I wanted to take it back. Couldn’t.

    The Greyhound shifts gears, cresting
    the mountain. Donner Pass, maybe.

    Can’t tell, leaning my head on the cool
    window glass. It’s dark. After ten. Escaping

    into the night. Into the unknown. It’s warm
    in the bus, but I can’t quit shaking. I think

    I’ll be cold forever. Frozen. Soul-ripping
    sadness ice-dammed inside of me.

    I shouldn’t have listened to Mom. Shouldn’t
    be here. Shouldn’t be free. I should be in

    handcuffs. Behind bars. Locked away
    forever. That’s what I deserve. Instead,

    I’m on my way to San Francisco.
    I want to see something I’ve never

    seen—the ocean. They’ll find me,
    sooner or later. Put me away in a cement

    box without windows, where I belong.
    I want to carry a memory with me,

    bury it inside my heart, treasure, to be
    exhumed when I need something

    beautiful. Peaceful. Pacific. Of course,
    I’ll probably never feel at peace again.

    Dad had ghosts who visited him often,
    demons he tried to drink away. Now

    he’ll be my ghost. A ghost, filled with
    demons. Haunting me until I’m a ghost, too.

    The Bus Is Crowded

    I chose a seat near the back, away
    from the driver. Mistake. Too close
    to the bathroom. It stinks of urine

    and worse. Every now and again
    someone goes in there and then it
    smells like marijuana, though smoking

    is prohibited on all Greyhounds.
    At least that’s what the signs say.
    Not like the driver cares. Easier not

    to interfere with derelicts, dopers,
    failed gamblers, and crazies. Oddly,
    I feel safe enough among them.

    Like freeway drivers in separate cars,
    all going the same direction at the same
    time, each passenger here has a unique

    destination. A personal story. I try
    not to listen. Try to tune the voices
    out. Don’t need other people’s drama.

    But Some I Can’t Miss

    Somewhere behind me, a couple
    has argued for an hour. Seems
    he was up two hundred dollars
    at Circus Circus. But she dropped
    that, plus three hundred more,
    which explains why they’re :
       riding a piss-smelling bus home
          stead of getting a little cooch
             in a cozy motel room before
                catching the morning Amtrak.

    Kitty-corner and a couple rows
    up, two blue-silver haired women
    talk about their husbands, kids, and
    grandkids. One of them got lucky
    on dollar slots. Now she can pay
    her electric bill and have enough
                left over to put some back into
             our savings. Shouldn’t have
          took it out for this trip, but I
       just had one of those feelings . . .

    Behind Me

    The guy takes up two whole seats.
          No one wants to sit near him, mostly
    because he smells like he hasn’t had

    a shower. Ever. Probably homeless and
          put on the bus by law enforcement. They
    don’t much like finding people frozen

    to death in riverside cardboard boxes.
          Lots of homeless take up residence on
    the banks of the Truckee. Wonder if one

    of them will notice the metallic glint
          of a 10mm. The gun that killed Stephen
    Von Stratten. Wonder if the cops will

    check the river. After . . . it . . . Mom
          told me to take Dad’s car and go far
    away. Fast away. She gave me her money

          stash, packed a few clothes. Once
             the cops come, she said, they’ll
          look for the car. Dump it soon.

    Driving into Reno, it came to me—
          a scene out an old movie—to park
    the old Subaru in the airport garage.

    I took the overhead walkway, down
          the escalator, out the front doors,
    carrying the tatters of my life in

    an overnight bag. Walked the couple
          miles to the bus station, much of it
    along the river. Seemed like a good

    place to lose the gun Ethan gave me
          for protection. It did protect Jackie
    from another fist to her face. But, oh,

    the price was dear. For Dad. For me.
          For the entire family. What will happen
    to Mom and the kids now? Tears

    threaten, but I can’t let them fall.
          Can’t show weakness. Can’t show
    fear. Can’t look like a girl on the run.

    Jackie April Von Stratten
    Some People

          Are worthy of a bullet straight
          to the heart because that is where
          cruelty evolves into evil.
          humans aren’t human at all,
          despite how they appear.
          Humanity is what lives inside
          harbored beneath skin, flesh,
          and bone. A soul, if you like.
          A glimpse of God. The spark
          that continues, should you
          an afterlife. Faithful Mormons
          believe every Latter Day Saint
          continues on, transitioning either
          heaven or hell. But I think
          those who have no hint of life’s
          light within are completely
          snuffed out when they

    Violent Death

    Has a stink. Blood. Poop. Pee.
    And something else, something
    I can’t find a name for, but it’s
    mixed up in the sewer smell
    leaking from Dad’s empty shell.

             He has vacated the premises.

    Whatever made Dad “Dad” is gone.
    I don’t think he had a soul. A life
    force maybe. But not anymore.
    What’s lying there, cooling and stiff
    on the shed floor, has nothing inside it.

             He can’t hurt me anymore.

    Pattyn saved my life. Dad would
    have killed me for sure, one slow
    fist fall at a time. I was half way
    there, and ready to give up my own
    spirit. Instead, it’s Dad who’s dead.

             I should feel bad. All I feel is numb.

    Our Tiny House

    Is overflowing people.
             Ladies from church.
             Bishop Crandall.

    Is a cacophony of sounds.
             Shushing the crying.
             Comforting the new widow.

    Is a chaos of feelings.


    The Last Hours Blur

    All I wanted was a miniscule taste
    of love—to be rewarded with even

    the vaguest ghost of what Pattyn
    experienced with Ethan, as short-lived

    as that was. All I wanted was, for one
    blink of time, to feel needed. Desired.

    Desire, become lust, become fear.
    Fear, become pain, become terror.

    Terror, become release. And I am
    frozen there. People talk all around

    me. Their voices inflate inside my head
    until it thuds and I can’t quite make

    out what they’re asking me now.
    What happened? I don’t know. I’m not

    sure. It was all so fast, so slow motion.
    Someone in a uniform—a woman with

        warm hazel eyes tells me, Relax.
        Take your time. A cop. She’s a cop, and . . .

    Who Invited the Cops?

    Mom didn’t call them. She called
    Bishop Crandall. I remember that.
    Remember her standing over me,

        phone in hand. Hurry, Please.
        I think . . . I think Stephen’s dead.
        I’m not sure. I can’t touch him.

    Our bishop lives less than five
    miles away. In the short time it took
    him to get here, Mom had covered me

    with a blanket. I could feel it sponging
    blood, but it couldn’t hide the damage
    to my face. Bishop Crandall looked

    at me with disgust. In fact, my father’s
    cooling corpse seemed to bother him
    less. He kneeled on the floor beside

                Dad, put a finger against his wrist.
                I’m afraid he’s gone, Janice.
                What in God’s name happened?

         Through my swelling eyes, I saw
         Mom shake her head. I don’t know.
         I don’t know. I was just getting out

         of the shower when I heard gunshots.
         I threw on some clothes and came
         running, just in time to see the Subaru

         roar out of the driveway. It was . . .
         She paused, trying to make sense
         of what she saw. Pattyn was driving.

    “She saved me,” I wheezed, the act
    of sucking in air so excruciating
    that I could barely catch breath at all.

    Darkness snatched at me. My head
    throbbed and my brain refused
    to process any more information.

    But I knew one thing, and it was
    worth the searing effort of repeating
    it. “Pattyn saved my life.”

    Next Thing I Knew

    I swam up into muted yellow
         light and found myself here, in
         Dad’s shabby recliner, wrapped

    in a clean blanket. People had
         started to gather—LDS sisters,
         to help care for the little ones

    and Mom, who is propped up
         on the sofa across the room,
         Samuel on her lap, peering up

    at her pasty face. Bishop Crandall
         must have made the calls, and he
         continues to direct operations,

    instructing his wife to please
         pack some clothes for the girls,
         who are being divvied up among

    the church faithful, and have no
         idea why. The exception seems
         to be Ulyssa, who sits in a corner

    with Georgia, who sucks her thumb,
         though she gave it up weeks ago.
         ’Lyssa’s eyes scream that she knows.

154 Responses to Smoke

  1. cassee bruce says:

    omg i cant wait. these book are my favorite. cant wait to curl in the corner with coffee and smoke.

  2. Taylor says:

    I can’t wait to read Smoke, she is my favorite author and always makes great books. :)

  3. Beautiful just fucking beautiful how she writes and her poems give me goose bumps.if it werent for hellen then i feel all alone in what iv been threw thank you hellen <3

    • Sam Smith says:

      I think you mean Ellen, dear. But I can relate. Ellen’s work has gotten me through some dark times. I had actually the pleasure of getting to meet and thank her over this past winter- and she was a delight to speak with.

  4. Jordan says:

    So far so good! I can’t wait to read this book! :D

  5. Vick says:

    Omg!! I can’t wait for Smoke. Her books keep me up all night reading I just can not put them down when I start one. Burn was wonderful and now Smoke just from that little piece sounds like it is going to be amazing too.

  6. Alfonso says:

    THIS BOOK IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Kaiya says:

    Oh my gods I can’t wait for this book to come out!! So excited!! :)

  8. Lauryn says:

    The anticipation is killing me! I so can’t wait to rush to the bookstore and pick this one up to add to my collection.

  9. Kaley says:

    Ahhh! Goose bumps! I love it already! <3 can't WAIT

  10. Mark says:


  11. addy crisp says:

    i only got into ellen hopkins about a year ago and i was instantly hooked. within a few short months, i had all her books and still do :) i can’t wait for smoke to come out. just from that little bit i can tell its going to be another ace in the hole for ellen hopkins. your books rock ellen, don’t stop writing!

  12. addy crisp says:

    p.s. ever thought about a movie?

  13. morgan says:

    i love reading her books i’ve read every book my media center carries. they are fast reads cause i can never put them down . I really cant wait to read smoke comes out im just now re reading burned . only thing i could say is i wish things would have turned out diffferently for pattyn.

  14. Kissa says:

    I just want to read the rest of the book. The sample just sucked me into it and i think i took me less than a min. to read it and the rest of the min. to type this thing. I just hope to get my little paws on this amazing book.

  15. Omg I can’t wait…the minute this book comes out, I am running to the bookstore and buying it then I’m going to go back home, and I am going to my room and reading it for the rest of the day

  16. Kassidy says:

    Ohmygoddd. I’m so excited!!!

  17. vanessa says:

    OMG!!! Once i start reading all ellen hopkins book i dont ever feel like putting it down i just wanna read n read till the book end… I so cant wit to read smoke..

  18. Nicole Dougherty says:

    I cannot wait until this book comes out! I’ve been wondering since I first got my hands on it if there was going to be a sequel! :D This completely just made my day!

  19. Patience Robertson says:

    I am so excited I just want you to know how much i love you and your books! i can finsh them in one sitting because there so good!

  20. Darci Bloom Bertrand says:

    Omg! I’m dying! I’m on summer for four months and all I can do is re-read all the Hopkins books I’ve already read! Can’t wait!

  21. Christopher Jones says:

    Finally!!! I remember reading the last pages of Burned and all I could think about was, what would happen next. Now I will be able to find out(:

  22. Morgan McCullough says:

    love all her books cant wait to read smoke

  23. Candy says:

    OMG I have read ALL her books!!! I can’t wait for Smoke to come out!!!! Burned is my favorite out of all of them, and now it continues!!!!!!

  24. I absolutely love every single one of her books…. She is by far the best author I have ever read n I can’t wait for Smoke…… I love you Ellen Hopkins n I can’t wait to get a hold of your new book….. Sincerely….. A huge fan <3

  25. Ellen C. says:

    Burned was the first book I read by Ellen Hopkins, and has since been by favorite. (Identical was my second favorite.) I have been eagerly awaiting this sequel from the moment I heard of it’s inception. The excerpt is very inticing and compelling, leaving the reader wondering and wanting more! I am so excited for this book!

  26. Abby says:

    I just read Burned for the first time. Literally finished it a minute ago. And I’m all sorts of crying and mad at the book and full of feelings and I can’t wait for this book to come out. DIjsaiojdioajfiosajiodsaicjao.

  27. Alec Belle says:

    I’m so excited for SMOKE. It comes out on my birthday and I’m getting it ASAP.

  28. Sara says:

    I have never been so emotionally scared by a book before. Than I read burned and everything changed. I love Ellen Hopkins’ books! I never remember an authors name until now. I do not like reading but these books are the only ones I can read for hours. I write a lot too and I’ve gone through a lot. These books inspire me and help me go through the hardships that I have been going through. I’m so excited to read this book! Please Ellen do not stop writing!!!

  29. Halle says:

    OMG! Ellen Hopkins is like a goddess in the book world! Every book she rights has it’s own characteristics, it’s own uniqueness! She never fails to make me hate a book, and I will be definately pre-ordering this one! Burned was actually the first book I ever read of her’s, and I’l make sure to finsh this sequal! I love you Ellen Hopkins, keep writing! -XO

  30. Amanda says:

    i love alll of ellen’s books! and i’d have to say that i’m glad she is still writing young adult books when she started to write adult books…personally i think they are better than her adult books! And i can’t wait to read smoke!!!!!!

  31. Katherine says:

    I love all of your books!! I have and have read ALL of them! I’m a huge fan, and I can’t wait for this book to come out. What is the release date?!?

    Also, you should definitely come to New Orleans!!

  32. rikki narain says:

    you have no idea how excited i am to read this book. ive read burned like a million times because i absolutly LOVED IT! so amped.

  33. Allison says:

    This is spectacular. I read Burned years ago, yet right when I read the first two lines the same voice for Pattyn returned in my head. Simply amazing.
    How Ellen manages to write different stories, some sequels, at different times amazes me. I cannot wait to get this book!

  34. Lauren says:

    OMG. I have been waiting for the sequel for years! I’ve checked like twice every six months to see if there is an update on when she would be writing a sequel. I am so excited! Most everyone’s favorite is Crank or Impulse. Mine has always been Burned. Just reading that excerpt gave me the chills. Amazing! Can’t wait! :)

  35. JCLilley says:

    I just wanted to thank you Ellen for what you do. I am a recovering drug addict and because I you I have fought through it. Can’t wait Til this book comes out I lived burned.

    Tricks is still yet the best<3

  36. Skye says:

    Reading all the Ellen Hopkins books for about the fifth time! So glad another one is coming soon, Burned has always been one of my favourite books! Smoke will be great as well, I can tell!

  37. Corina H. says:

    I am so excited!!! I have read every book besides colatteral. Can’t wait to get that one and read it too. I started reading the books in 2009 when I was in high school. Cant stop reading her work. I have gotten my whole family into reading her books too. They are amazing. I just want Smoke to come out already so I can read it.

  38. Aimee says:

    OH MY GOSH NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED FOR SOMETHING IN MY LIFE! I cried throughout burned it was so tragic and I can not wait for this book!

  39. Amber says:

    Does anyone know when this book comes out??

  40. Monique says:

    I can’t wait until smoke comes out! I love burned and i just can not wait to see what smoke has. I already pre-ordered smoke and all this waiting hopefully will be worth it

  41. Danny says:


  42. Renae says:

    Wow. I can’t wait to read this book!!! Tricks is one of my favorites. But they all have a special place in my heart. Read them all but Smoke.

  43. rachel says:

    why am i just not hearing about this book? i cant count the number of times ive read burned, recommended it or given it to someone. the best thing thats ever crossed my eyes and the best pages ill ever reread.

  44. Bella Burn says:

    I just re-read Burned. I cannot wait for Smoke. I can’t even fully express how much I love Ellen Hopkins. I’ve read all of her books, and I am sitting on edge, waiting to buy Smoke and find out what happens to Patteyn and her family!!

  45. Kristen Bell says:

    Burned is my favourite book of all time. I cannot wait for Smoke to come out. I actually just finished reading Burned for the 100th time, so the story is vivid in my mind and now I’m really ready to find out what happens next. I’m not much of a reader at all… but I am always finding myself waiting in anticipation for your next book. You inspire me Ellen! And all your characters. I feel like I have been let into all their troubled worlds and I am right there next to them.

  46. tylor says:

    that’s all we get? gaaa I cant wait ive read all her other books and I can tell this will be just as good:)

  47. gabby says:

    Just reading this excerpt made me start to cry… I never cry except with these books. I have all of them.

  48. Diann says:

    I wish she’d come to Delta College.. I’ve loved her books from the first time I picked one up in my early teens.. I can’t wait to read this one. I already have it pre ordered♥

  49. Cassie says:

    I just wish Ellen had done more unbiased, accurate research on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before writing this book or its prequel, Burned.

    There’s very little information about the Church itself, and even out of that, none of it is accurate; even “Latter Day Saint” is an incorrect phrase (it’s Latter-day Saint; and no, the two spellings aren’t the same, because one is associated with either the RLDS or FLDS church, either of which is an entirely different religion).

    As a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who has been violently persecuted for her religion (partially because of how people I know have read Burned, in fact), it bothers me that so little research was done about the faith, and that the role of the bishop and the Relief Society (referred to as “LDS sisters” in the excerpt) are so horribly misconstrued and (for the most part) falsely presented.

    It makes the Church out to be something it’s not, and quite frankly, I’m disappointed. Authors should know how to do research using reliable sources, and – perhaps due to some unmentioned prejudices she may have – Ellen didn’t do that with the religion, and so the religious aspects of this book will be horribly inaccurate and biased toward the Anti-Mormon side of things, which is just pathetically sad.

    • Renee says:

      Its not her view on religion its about Pattyn’s perspective.

    • kori says:

      since you think you are perfect and nobody should be able to make a mistake witch im sure in her case was no mistake why dont you write a book or as many books as she has and see if you do perfect or some as far as she has! if you dont have a nothing good to say about her books dont say nothing at all because quiet frankly nobody cares! she is a talented write and has changed many lives.

    • Akila says:

      I agree! I have friends who are LDS and I feel the portrayal of Mormons are completely untrue. I truly hope no one forms an opinion from these books about this church because you are being horribly mislead. Please do some research before making up your mind. The book itself is well written, but the information is one-sided and mainly false. Go find out for yourself , don’t treat this book as truth.

  50. morgan says:

    i love your books . your the only reason im reading anything at all. im very picky lol :) any ways i cant wait till the svhool libriary gets you new book

  51. Blanca says:

    Burned is my favorite book Ellen has written. I’m so excited by the news of this sequel I’ve got chills!! Oh my Glob, I cannot wait!!! Ahhh!

  52. Amanda says:

    I have NEVER cried as hard as i did from ANY book. This book takes the cake. Amazing.

  53. Justin Hayden says:

    This part of the book is amazing. Ellen Hopkins is one of the best authors I’ve ever read. And I ‘ve read a lot. I have never been so excited for a book. Whenever Smoke is published I will be so happy. I relate myself to many of the characters in the books. And that isn’t very good.

  54. naje smith says:

    OMG I LOVE ALL HER BOOKS!!! I’VE READ THEM ALL <33 SO READY FOR SMOKE!!!! OMG I LOVE YOU ELLEN HOPKINS! GREATEST AUTHOR TO EVER LIVE *well to me!! :) * Now…time to go on amazon an buy that book :) <3

  55. Kaila says:

    This book is beyond beautiful. I do hope that love that is shown in this book exists in real life, I hope to find true love like that eventually. Someone who loves me despite my mistakes and my past.

  56. Haely says:

    I loved this book! I have read burned and it is one of my favorites. Smoke has now been added to the list. Ellen Hopkins books are my favorite but these two are the best! I want to re-read both the books back to back It was sad yet somewhat happy at the time. The story took a twist I wasn’t expecting. Real love can find you more than once. (:
    MUST READ!!!

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  58. Peyton says:

    I love your books! I know I’m only 12 and I shouldn’t really be reading them but they’re just to good I can’t stop reading them! I just finished Fallout and now I’m on Identical. And the only books I need are smoke, tricks, perfect, and tilt but the sad thing is I can’t find them in any store :( and my dad won’t let me buy them on amazon. But I just wanted to say I love your books! And I hope you write more soon. bye now

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  60. Brayden says:

    I just bought it over the weekend and i can’t put it down i love your writing style, i have read everything in your collection.

  61. Cleopatra Selene Slater~ says:

    I just re-read Burned for like the 100th time, and started Smoke immediately afterward. I love it already!! Its still so sad that Ethan isn’t alive to be in this book, but nevertheless this book (and all your others as well) are absolutely beautiful. Never stop writing, Ellen. We love you and everything you do!

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  63. Andraea says:

    i am like addicted to her books!!!!! RAWR!

  64. Harley Sue says:

    omg i love all of the books that Ellen Hopkins has written!!!!!!!(:

  65. Arielle says:

    Omg! I can not wait for this book!!!!! I love ellen hopkins novels, and am craving more.

  66. Daysha Jones says:

    I love Ellen Hopkins! ive read all the books and i cant stop! she needs to keep on making books! that was obviously gods path for her!

  67. Crystal Espinal says:

    omg Ms Hopkins, i love every single book you have ever made i have been anxiously awating for you to make new books i am very pleased with everyone of them please make more!! :)

  68. Crystal says:

    I am completely in love with these books. once I start one I literally just cant put it down. I literally got in trouble at school, because I was reading during math class. I relate to these books, because I’ve been through most of the shit they have been through. the struggle is real, but these books give me a sense of relief for some reason.

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  73. Rosa R. says:

    Wow. That was such a suspenseful text. I can’t wait to read Smoke. Thanks for being an amazing author, Ellen Hopkins. :)

  74. Tayler says:

    I loved the book and am very happy that Pattyn got the closure she deserved. Burned will forever be my favorite of all of Hopkin’s novels. I would like to thank my very on “Ms Rose” recommending to me back in middle school. I do, however, wish that there was a clarification that the LDS community mentioned in the novels is the extremist version. The LDS community I grew up in was not harsh and heartless like the one mention in the novels, not that they don’t exist…just a rarity.

  75. Alex Osborne says:

    Ive read all of her books. Besides identical (its waiting for me at home), tilt, and smoke. I have to say im addicted to impulse. It tackles suicide. My main addiction, pain. It brings joy to me reading about all that. Connor is amazing, although im more like tony. Reading impulse then Perfect…. I dreaded finding the part where they were informed he died…. But i never expected it to be the ending. The fact that they ended it with those exact words.. I broke down. I was reading it during english class. I know this shoulda been put on separate message boards but i couldnt wait to post it :p. i cant wait to get home and read identical. The library said they were getting Smoke soon. Cant wait!

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    I hope Ellen never stops writing!!! her books are soo addicting. I read Crank , and Glass in one day they were so good.

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  79. Eva Mae Roberts says:

    Dear Ellen,

    Every reader you’ve ever had has probably said this but, I love you; SO MUCH! You have saved me through your poems and inspired me in my darkest times. When I first read CRANK I think I re-read that book (honestly) 20 times. Every single time was like reading it for the first. But BURNED and IMPULSE struck me down to the core. I could relate so much to them, I didn’t even understand. Ellen, thank you so, SO much! Please keep writing. I can’t wait for SMOKE!!!! And if you ever happen to be in FL you can always come and visit Suncoast Polytechnical High School or SCTI in Sarasota, FL! ( I would cry if I saw you, but through tears of joy. Or just shock…)

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  80. kori says:

    i love you books although i wish this book would have came about before i started in the crank books i am really looking forward to see how pattyn copes with what has happen!

  81. monica says:

    ugh i wanna read it already!!

  82. morganr says:

    I’m kind of upset I have held this book for maybe two months and with work I was less then a hundred pages left and I had to turn it in. no telling when ill be able to recheck it out and finish it

  83. Narissa says:

    Ellen, I am honestly touched by all your books. Some I can relate to more than others but your poetry always has a way of hooking me in. You were in my state a while ago, I didn’t get the opportunity to meet you sadly. This is beautiful and I’m going to order all of your books and re read them again so I can catch up on it all. I love your way with words and how you can easily approach such situations and explain them so beautifully. You’re my favorite author, I love it all. Thank you.

  84. Ciya says:

    Every single book by Ellen Hopkins has captured my heart in some way. When I read these books, I become the character in the books. I can never put them down once I pick them up. Smoke was one of the best books i’ve read. Pattyn’s heart felt story stayed in my head for days even when I finished the book. Ellen Hopkins, you inspire me to write, read and you have taught me how to look at other people’s situations with a different light. You are the best author, I don’t know what I would do without your books. They have helped me through a lot of rough times in my life. I can’t imagine my life without you. <3

  85. Halei says:

    I need to find this book ASAP, all her books have become my newest obsession. Burned was the first one, now it’s Crank and Perfection. I finished Crank

  86. LeAnna says:

    I so can’t wait to read this book along with her new one coming out in August. :) she is a really good Author.

  87. Caryn says:

    WOW. This book was absolutely amazing. I love reading Ellen’s writings because it helps me escape and I feel as if I am living the lives of the people she captivates. I cry when they cry, I laugh when they laugh, and I feel the same pain they do. Ellen has an amazing talent and I am looking forward to reading more of her books and re-reading all of her others as well.
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  91. Chantall says:

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    When I finally got to read this book, I couldn’t put it down. I’d have it with me in class and I found that I was wanting to read Smoke rather then actually do work. This book has brought me out of my reading rut. For the longest time I hadn’t been able to pick up a book and finish it but Smoke had kept me reading. Kept me on edge and made me want to read more. Pattyn’s story touched me since I read Burned and Smoke defiantly moved the story right.along. Thank you

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