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People Kill People (Hardcover)

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Those who are familiar with Ellen Hopkins's earlier books will find it no surprise that she grapples with some tough issues here. But the gun violence made clear from the title is just one of many. She also delves into racism, classism, abusive relationships, teen parenthood, debilitating injury, fat-shaming, activism, immigration, homelessness, mental illness, and more. You might think this would lead to a scattered and unfocused narrative, but it instead serves as a striking illustration of the intersectionality of issues facing so many teens--and others--today. The powerful use of second-person narration to, as she puts it, put you in the skin of her characters forces you to relate in some way to even the least-forgivable of them, eliminating any ability to dismiss these societal ills as something that only happens to other people.

— From Sarah


“Fall’s most provocative YA read.” —Entertainment Weekly

A New York Times bestseller.

Someone will shoot. And someone will die.

A compelling and complex novel about gun violence and white supremacy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

People kill people. Guns just make it easier.

A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?

One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?

About the Author

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit.

Praise For…

“Fall’s most provocative YA read.”
— Entertainment Weekly

"A compelling, page-turning story."
— Booklist

“Readers are left guessing which character will kill and which will die.” 
— Kirkus

"This powerful story will spark controversy and prompt passionate debate."
— Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781481442930
ISBN-10: 1481442937
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 448
Language: English