Alicia Wright, May 10, 2012 (view all comments by Alicia Wright)
Have you ever been depressed, had thoughts of suicide? If so, this is a must read. You go through the journey and hardship of 3 teenagers who all have their own reasons. This book puts you through quite a few loops. You become attached to all three characters, you feel as if you've gone through their situations. You want them to get help, and to get better. This book is their journey through it, their troubles, struggles, and emotions. Like all Ellen Hopkin books, you get a huge twist towards the end.
Miss_Misfit, March 4, 2012 (view all comments by Miss_Misfit)
Forbidden love, a gun shot, a razor blade. All these things have in common - bring three unlikely people together. The teens who know these have the emotions behind them. The pain, the hurt, the confusion, to bring a razor to your skin, or pull the trigger to yourself. The forbidden love eating at your soul and twisting you love. This story, a dark tale meant for older teens, has the emotions many teens face. Hopkins can bring out the emotions in a dark, poetic way. But, can even she bring to light the emtions and feeling behind the reason? A reason to act on an impulse?
crowyhead, February 13, 2009 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This novel, written in free-verse poetry, is set at a mental institution and follows three teens who tried to commit suicide. Conner is a rich kid with a "perfect" life who tried to shoot himself. Vanessa, whose mother is also bipolar, is a cutter who went too far one day. And Tony, who lived on the street after being abused as a child, tried to kill himself with a drug overdose. Now they are all at a private mental hospital, trying to come to terms with what has brought them there.
I'd heard good things about Hopkins, but my ultimate reaction to this book was "bleh." I knew it was going to be a "problem novel," but I had hoped that Hopkins might do something interesting here. Instead, the characterization was often either flat (as in the case of Conner and his family) or full of holes (as in the case of Tony). Vanessa is the most well-fleshed-out character, but Hopkins leaves at least one major plot element just sort of dangling -- it's mentioned a few times, and then dropped. I suppose it might be in part due to the first-person nature of the narrative, but I was also disappointed by the way that Conner, Vanessa, and Tony seemed to be the only human characters in the novel. The other patients were characterized solely by their mental illnesses, and were very rarely treated with any kind of sympathy. I also didn't quite feel that Hopkins did a good enough job evoking the different voices of the main characters through the poetry, which was supposed to have been written by them: it all seemed as though it was written by the same person.
I think this could be popular with upper middle and high school students, but it's likely to rub some more mature readers the wrong way.
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greenjess15, November 21, 2008 (view all comments by greenjess15)
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins is one of few novels that have touched my heart and reached my soul. She captures three teens’ perspectives of messed up lives perfectly.
It is set in present day Nevada in a psychiatric hospital. The three teens are Vanessa, Tony, and Conner, each with their own deadly secret. Vanessa cuts herself, Tony shot himself, and Conner is in love with his teacher. When they end up entering the hospital their lives begin to intertwine.
Ellen’s detail and way of poetic writing makes it hard to put it down. You will be drawn to these teens’ stories and will miss them when the novels over.
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From the author of the acclaimed "Crank" comes a gut-wrenching story of teens in crisis. Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act of desperation--suicide.
Missy didnt mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people dont find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different. Thats why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But its with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.
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