Impulse by Ellen Hopkins | Review

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Impulse by Ellen Hopkins | ReviewImpulse by Ellen Hopkins
Series: Impulse #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on January 23, 2007
Genres: Poetry
Pages: 666
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.

Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act—suicide.

Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.

Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills.

And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.

In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun—and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other's help, they can find their way to a better life—but only if they're strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.

(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)

After really enjoying Crank a few years ago, I was excited to pick up Impulse.

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what i liked

  • The writing style. It’s definitely one of my favorite things about reading a book by Ellen Hopkins. She writes so beautifully. 
  • There are three POVs. Somehow, I managed to be really invested in each one, too, which is really saying something. Oftentimes, I’ll find it hard to keep up with all the characters with multiple POVs and I’ll remember more about one than the other. But that was not the case with this book. 
  • There was a lot of character development. The characters had come so far by the end of the book, even if it wasn’t in the way I had hoped. 

what i disliked

  • I found the book boring at times. I was really upset about this, because this book dealt with such dark topics, yet I had trouble pushing through this book sometimes. The writing style was what kept me interested at times.  

If you’re looking for a dark read that will leave you thinking, then definitely give this one a read. 

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