Waiting on Smoke

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I’m particularly excited for…

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

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. Only her sister Jackie knows what happened that night, but she is stuck at home with their mother, who clings to normalcy by allowing the truth to be covered up by their domineering community leaders. Her father might be finally gone, but without Pattyn, Jackie is desperately isolated. Alone and in disguise, Pattyn starts a new life, 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?

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I knew it, I KNEW she couldn’t end a story on such a horrible cliffhanger! Of the things I feel you should not do as a writer, ending a book right when your protagonist is about to shoot up her school is definitely near the top. Also up there is waiting SEVEN YEARS to write a sequel. It just seems kind of silly to me, but I guess Ellen Hopkins is so popular she can do whatever she wants. Burned was probably one of the Hopkins books I liked most, but I honestly wanted to burn (no pun intended) the book after that stupid goddamn ending. Welp, I’m glad I’ll soon be finding out what happens to Pattyn after she totally loses it in Burned.

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