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 fatal 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?
SMOKE ELLEN HOPKINS MARGARET K. MCELDERRY, 2013 Source: Library
I'm so glad that Ellen Hopkins continued the story from the first book, Burned. Normally, I'm not the biggest Ellen Hopkins fan, but these two books had interesting stories. They had romance, drama, and mystery - all of my favorite things. Burned ended on a cliffhanger, and that's the main reason that I chose to read Smoke. I needed to see what Pattyn decided to do and how it all worked out. While the twist was unnecessary, it did make me happier with the ending. It also covered the important and sad topic of parental abuse. I think that teens would enjoy seeing these two books as a movie or a limited Netflix series and could definitely learn from them.