Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

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

Categories: Cursing, Drug Abuse, LGBTQ+, Sexual, Violence

Description: The continuing story of seventeen-year-old Pattyn, of what it takes to rise from the ashes, put ghosts to rest, and step into a future.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains sexual activities including sexual assault; sexual nudity; profanity and derogatory terms; alcohol and drug use; and violence including domestic violence and child abuse.

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Page 32: “Next thing I knew I was on the floor with my arms pinned over my head, and a hand jammed between my legs. ‘Please, Caleb. Stop. Don’t do this.’ Ah, c’mon, he said. Pretend that you don’t, but you know you want this more than I do. All girls do.”

Page 33: “Then he saw me lying there, skirt hiked up, fluids trickling from between my legs. I tried to tell him it wasn’t my fault. Caleb stole what he wanted. But Dad wouldn’t listen. You came out here to meet him, you goddamn whore. What did you expect? Cookies and milk? You’re ruined now. What man will ever want you.”

Page 165: “When I insisted no, we’re just cousins, she said, ‘Cousins often marry. It’s legal in California.’”

Page 459: “I walked in just as Caleb put the head of the bat against Shawn’s mouth. ‘You want to suck on something big and hard?’ he yelled. ‘Suck on this.’”

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