Ellen Hopkins is an American freelance writer. She is mostly famous for her verse novels, or narrative poetry in which a novel-length narrative is told through the medium of poetry. All of which are about everything [[CrapsackWorld crapsack in the teenage world]]. All of her books are serious {{Doorstopper}}s. Debuted with ''Crank,'' a novel based on her daughter's experience with [[DrugsAreBad crystal meth]].

!!She wrote
** ''Crank'' (2004)
** ''Burned'' (2006)
** ''Glass'' (2007)
** ''Literature/{{Impulse}}'' (2007)
** ''{{Identical}}'' (2008)
** ''Tricks'' (2009)
** ''Fallout'' (2010)
** ''Perfect'' (2011)
** ''Triangles'' (2011)
** ''Tilt'' (2012)
** ''Collateral'' (2012)
** ''Smoke'' (2013)
** ''Rumble'' (scheduled for release in 2014)
** ''Tangled'' (scheduled for release in 2015)

!!Her work contains examples of

* AbusiveParents: In pretty much every book.
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Summer of ''Fallout'' goes through several foster homes after her grandparents die and was sexually abused in one of them.
* DeusAngstMachina: ''Literature/{{Impulse}}'', ''Glass'', and ''Tricks''.
* DiabolusExMachina: The DownerEnding of ''Burned'' has no direct connection to the story's issues (religion-based parental abuse and teenage sex) and comes out of almost nowhere.
* DownerEnding: ''{{Burned}}'', ''Glass'', and partially true with ''Literature/{{Impulse}}'' and ''Tricks''.
* DrugsAreBad: Subverted in ''Crank'' and ''Glass'', but comes close to crossing the line a few times.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Played straight with [[spoiler: Mikayla]] in ''Triangles''; averted with [[spoiler: Vanessa]] in ''Impulse''.
* FreudianExcuse: All protagonists in all of her stories have one. Always. However, subverted into just being depressing [[HowWeGotHere backstories]] in most cases.
* IllGirl: Shelby in ''Tilt''.
* MissingMom: Kristina of ''Crank'' and ''Glass'' is this to the three narrators of ''Fallout''.
* ParentalIncest: ''{{Identical}}''.
* PrisonRape: Is implied to have happened to [[spoiler: Tony]] from ''Literature/{{Impulse}}'' on several occasions in juvie.
* RapeAndSwitch: Tony in ''Impulse'', Cara in ''Perfect'', possibly with Alex from ''Triangles'' and ''Tilt''.
* RapeAsBackstory: Ginger in ''Tricks'', in a particularly twisted way: [[spoiler: her mother sold her to several different men over the course of her childhood.]] Also Alex in ''Triangles'' and ''Tilt'': [[spoiler: He was raped by his step-father's brother and contracted HIV from him.]]
* RapeAsDrama: In ''Crank'', ''Literature/{{Impulse}}'', ''{{Identical}}'', ''Tricks'', and ''Perfect''.
* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Well, they exist in ''Fallout''; they just don't do poor Summer any good at all.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Subverted in [[spoiler: Burned, as both Ethan and the child die.]]
* TeenPregnancy: Kristina in ''Crank'', [[spoiler: Pattyn]] in ''Burned'', [[spoiler: Alex]] in ''Tricks'', [[spoiler: Mikayla]] in ''Triangles'' and ''Tilt''. Implied with [[spoiler: Autumn]] in ''Fallout'' but never outright confirmed.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted in ''Literature/{{Impulse}}'', as it takes place in a mental institution. Also averted with ''{{Identical}}''. Played straight for pretty much all the other books.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: at least one a book.
* WakingUpElsewhere: ''Burned'', ''Literature/{{Impulse}}'', ''{{Identical}}'' and ''{{Tricks}}''.