Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Available At: Aspen Valley (HS), DCC (HS), Liberty, Rampart

Categories: Anti-Religion, Cursing, Drug-Abuse, Cursing, Sexual, Violence

Description: A teenage boy’s entire life and belief-system is turned upside-down after his younger brother commits suicide.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains sexual activities; sexual nudity; alcohol and drug use; profanity; suicide; and inflammatory religious commentary.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 21: “More than once, I thought about taking a dead-of-night slow cruise through certain neighborhoods, drawing a long bead on designated silhouettes shadowing their bedroom windows. One squeeze of my Glock’s trigger, and BLAM! Eye-for-an-eye justice, just like their Good Book calls for.”

Page 39: “At first, she is stiff, aware we have an audience, but she softens quickly, slipping the tip of her spearmint tongue between my lips. My own tongue lifts in eager greeting.”

Page 49: “Let’s look at religious genocide. We could in theory go all the way back to Noah, of ark fame, whose God was so angry at human sin that he chose to wipe out every living thing except for Noah’s family, and two of each species on earth. Nice creator you’ve got there. The Old Testament is, in fact, rife with Jehovah-driven genocide. But since it’s fiction anyway, let’s move on.”

Page 65: “I can’t believe she’s so positive I’m boinking Hayden…I avoid mixing downers (like Mom) with uppers (like Hayden). What’s the point of dropping low right before working yourself up?”

Page 81: “Why in the hell is everyone suddenly so interested in my sex life? Mom’s positive I’m getting some, you’re sure I’m not. And Marshall thinks I need pharmaceuticals to masturbate.”

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