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 crapsack in the teenage world
. All of her books are serious Doorstoppers
. Debuted with Crank,
a novel based on her daughter's experience with crystal meth
- Crank (2004)
- Burned (2006)
- Glass (2007)
- 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
- Abusive Parents: In pretty much every book.
- Department of Child Disservices: Summer of Fallout goes through several foster homes after her grandparents die and was sexually abused in one of them.
- Deus Angst Machina: Impulse, Glass, and Tricks.
- Diabolus ex Machina: The Downer Ending of Burned has no direct connection to the story's issues (religion-based parental abuse and teenage sex) and comes out of almost nowhere.
- Downer Ending: Burned, Glass, and partially true with Impulse and Tricks.
- Drugs Are Bad: Subverted in Crank and Glass, but comes close to crossing the line a few times.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Played straight with Mikayla in Triangles; averted with Vanessa in Impulse.
- Freudian Excuse: All protagonists in all of her stories have one. Always. However, subverted into just being depressing backstories in most cases.
- Ill Girl: Shelby in Tilt.
- Missing Mom: Kristina of Crank and Glass is this to the three narrators of Fallout.
- Parental Incest: Identical.
- Prison Rape: Is implied to have happened to Tony from Impulse on several occasions in juvie.
- Rape and Switch: Tony in Impulse, Cara in Perfect, possibly with Alex from Triangles and Tilt.
- Rape as Backstory: Ginger in Tricks, in a particularly twisted way: her mother sold her to several different men over the course of her childhood. Also Alex in Triangles and Tilt: He was raped by his step-father's brother and contracted HIV from him.
- Rape as Drama: In Crank, Impulse, Identical, Tricks, and Perfect.
- Social Services Does Not Exist: Well, they exist in Fallout; they just don't do poor Summer any good at all.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Subverted in Burned, as both Ethan and the child die.
- Teen Pregnancy: Kristina in Crank, Pattyn in Burned, Alex in Tricks, Mikayla in Triangles and Tilt. Implied with Autumn in Fallout but never outright confirmed.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted in Impulse, as it takes place in a mental institution. Also averted with Identical. Played straight for pretty much all the other books.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: at least one a book.
- Waking Up Elsewhere: Burned, Impulse, Identical and Tricks.