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Does it get better? The New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks explores the highly charged landscapes of bullying and forgiveness in this “strong and worthy” (Kirkus Reviews) novel.

Matthew Turner knows it doesn’t get better.

His younger brother Luke was bullied mercilessly after one of Matt’s friends outed Luke to the whole school, and when Luke called Matt—on the brink of suicide—Matt was too wrapped up in his new girlfriend to answer the phone. Now Luke is gone, and Matt’s family is falling apart.

No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting those he blames off the hook—including himself. As Matt spirals further into bitterness, he risks losing Hayden, the love of his life. But when her father begins to pressure the school board into banning books because of their homosexual content, he begins to wonder if he and Hayden ever had anything in common.

With brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance, bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s Rumble explores bullying and suicide in a powerful story that examines the value of forgiveness and reconciliation.
  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 560 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442482869 | 
  • August 2014 | 
  • Grades 9 and up | 
  • Lexile ® HL730L
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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide for

by Ellen Hopkins

About the Book

Reeling from the death of his younger brother who was bullied into committing suicide, Matt Turner does not have faith in anything—not the people around him, the idea that life will get better, or a higher power. He has lost one of his closest friends, whom he blames for his brother’s death, and struggles to hold his relationship together with his girlfriend, who belongs to a Christian group he also holds responsible. His father, too, is to blame. Matt is determined to “live big and go out with a huge bang.” He finds some comfort in visiting his uncle’s shooting range with his new friend, Alexa, where he practices shooting his Glock; however, when a dreadful incident occurs at the shooting range, Matt is forced to rethink his rage and faith and learns forgiveness begins with letting go of one’s own guilt.

Prereading Activities

1. In small groups, discuss a time you felt guilty about something that happened and you had a difficult time forgiving yourself. What happened to help you get over the guilt?

2. Discuss the importance of forgiveness. Should we always forgive people, regardless of what they did? Why or why not? Are some acts unforgivable? Explain.

Discussion Questions

1. Who does Matt hold responsible for Luke̵ see more

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About the Author

Ellen Hopkins
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Ellen Hopkins

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