Smoke

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Pattyn’s father is dead. Now she’s on the run in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Burned.

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 ...

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Overview

Pattyn’s father is dead. Now she’s on the run in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Burned.

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 as a migrant worker on a California ranch. 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?

Bestselling author Ellen Hopkins continues the riveting story of Pattyn Von Stratten she began in Burned to explore what it takes to rise from the ashes, put ghosts to rest, and step into a future.

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Matters have escalated in Ellen Hopkins' standalone sequel to Burned. Pattyn Von Stratten's cruel, violent father is dead; Pattyn is on the run; and Jackie, her sister, is left behind, feeling desperately alone. Told in both their voices, Smoke captures the ever-shifting facades and compromises of those caught in abusive relationships. Vivid and emotionally powerful, this novel ultimately contains the seeds of recovery.

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"A strong, painful and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair."
Booklist
"Hopkins' riveting story line is full of the perpetual premonition of danger, and the simple free-verse format belies the complexity of both plot and craft...a compelling and thought-provoking read."
starred review VOYA
"The book is rife with real issues and demanding attention, leaving the reader to realize that when the smoke clears, redemption is always possible. In the end, voices are heard that refuse to be silenced and the empowerment that comes with the character’s decisions transcend the page and leave much to be discussed and contemplated among readers."
VOYA - Stephanie Wilkes
After a cliff-hanger left readers completely breathless in Burned (Simon & Schuster, 2006/Voya June 2006), Smoke picks up immediately and does not disappoint. Pattyn von Stratten is on the run, and her abusive father is dead. Brokenhearted after the death of her lover and unborn child, Pattyn finds refuge disguised as a migrant worker and as a maid to a family with a teenager living a dangerous lifestyle. Pattyn's sister Jackie, left behind to pick up the pieces of their broken family, has secrets all her own and holds the key to what happened that fateful night of her father's death but has been advised by leaders in the Mormon community, as well as her own mother, to remain quiet. In traditional Hopkins's style, Smoke is in free verse but leaves nothing out; the book is rife with real issues and demanding attention, leaving the reader to realize that when the smoke clears, redemption is always possible. In the end, voices are heard that refuse to be silenced and the empowerment that comes with the character's decisions transcend the page and leave much to be discussed and contemplated among readers. Reviewer: Stephanie Wilkes
Kirkus Reviews
Two sisters wrestle with guilt and fear after one kills the father who battered them. Readers last saw 17-year-old Pattyn at the cliffhanger ending of Burned (2006), immediately after her beloved boyfriend and their unborn baby were killed in a car wreck. Stunned with grief and fury, and with nothing left to lose, Pattyn vowed to shoot her long-abusive father, whom she blamed for the accident. This much-desired sequel begins two weeks later--and Dad's dead. Escaping town, Pattyn meets a warm, welcoming family of mostly undocumented farm laborers. They find her a ranch job, where she hides from law enforcement. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Jackie is stuck at home, narrating her own half of the story. Through free-verse poems thick with the weight of trauma, the shooting's details emerge. A schoolmate raped Jackie; blaming Jackie, Dad broke her ribs and loosened her teeth; Pattyn's gun stopped Dad forever. Now Pattyn faces "blood-caked nightmares," while Jackie fights a mother and two LDS church leaders who insist she forget her rape. Waiting for the past to "tackle [them] from behind," both girls struggle toward fragile new connections and inner strength. The lives of undocumented Americans, a renegade hate movement and a wild horse wary of trust are all organic to the plot. A strong, painful and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 13-17)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416983286
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 594
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, and Smoke, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. 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 EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    It's hard to pinpoint exactly how I feel about this book. Burned

    It's hard to pinpoint exactly how I feel about this book. Burned remains my absolute favorite book, so naturally I have been looking forward to this sequel for a long time. But  after reading this story, I don't think it needed to be told. Burned  is just too  perfect a story to try to match with asequel. A  few really good things about Smoke:  it lasts to test the cliffhanger at the end of Burned,  it develops Jackie a lot more,  and there are some heart  warming moments.  But,  there are way too many agendas represented here:  religion,  homosexuality,  abuse,  migrant workers...  Although cultural relevancy is great and definitely expected in all of Hopkins'  books,  in this story it felt unbelievably forced.  The story wraps up too perfectly at the end,  so it feels phony.  Bottom line:  for anyone who was attached to burned as I  am,  this is a must read.  afterall,  we were all dying to know what would happen to Pattyn.  but,  don't expect this story to hold a candle to the prequel because it won't. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    ???????

    Why cant i read the journal pages?? Is this happening to everyone?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Love

    Can hadly wait!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Whyyyyy

    What the hell cant read it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Cant read on my nook

    Im crying

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Love

    I am loving the book. Only thing is my nook will not load the journal pages. I have to skip them

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

    Please make this book available for nook for android. I have and

    Please make this book available for nook for android. I have and love all of her other ones. Why can't I buy this one? I give this review one star because I can't buy the book. The book gets 5. I checked it out from the library
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Loved it

    This is an amazing book. So much thought into it. Makes you want to keep turning the pages one by one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Wow

    This book is intense. It was a much needed follow up to Burned and it certainly didn't dissapoint! I highly recomend this book as well as Burned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Ellen Hopkins never disappoints. I love all of the books she has

    Ellen Hopkins never disappoints. I love all of the books she has written and it is hard to say which ones are my favorites, but if I had to name which ones are my favorites, this one would be one of them. This book was the perfect closure to not only Pattyn's, but also Jackie's story. I felt all the emotions she put in this book and I felt like I was going through every single experience standing right there with the two main characters. This book is heartbreaking, but also joyful, with a happy ending. I hope to see more work from Ellen Hopkins, who is definitely my all time favorite author.

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

    Just got it yesterday and I am loving it so far. I feel so bad f

    Just got it yesterday and I am loving it so far. I feel so bad for Jackie and what happened to her in the first couple of pages and how a girl who's never felt actual love and tries to feel that with a boy her own age who ends up taking advantage of her which causes the events of Pattyn killing their father.  Every girl wants to feel real love but they just don't know where to find it and sometimes things get out of hands just like it did with Jackie. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Her books never fail to amaze me

    So good

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