Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Impulse is yet another stellar, tragically beautiful book by Ellen Hopkins. Hopkins plays with the reader's emotions from the very beginning, shaping three authentic and painfully sympathetic characters in their sorrows and small triumphs. Their stories and voices are raw and realistic, and Hopkins' poetry is so precise and so affecting. Despite their differences, the characters go through so many of the same emotions and feelings, and their progress is fascinating to observe. The push and pull between saying too much aloud and not revealing too many feelings, healing and wanting to remain broken, is strong and tangible. The portrayal of what life is like in this home for these teens is so well done—it’s too scary, gritty, and raw to not be real. Despite all of the suffering, the despicable characters, and painful experiences, Hopkins does make you believe that a somewhat happy ending is possible...until a terrible, tragic, yet oddly appropriate ending. Impulse is devastating, yet oddly hopeful, and should be required reading for all teens.
Cover Comments: As always, I like the style of Ellen Hopkins' covers. The red is so symbolic, but I like how the cover is given texture with the purple splotches mixed in as well. Very excellent!
Review copy purchased.
Also, if you are interested in reading more about some of the same characters, check out the companion novel Perfect, out in September.