Book Review: Impulse

By Megan Wolter – Opinions Eidtor

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

What does it take for someone to want to and follow through with committing suicide?  Being bullied in school, sexually abused as a child, striving for perfection and falling short?  In Ellen Hopkins’s book, Impulse, the sometimes taboo topic of teenagers committing suicide is talked about.  The novel follows the stories of Conner, Vanessa and Tony: three teens that tried to kill themselves, failed and ended up at Aspen Springs, a place where they are supposed to work through all of their problems.  The question now is: will they succeed in getting better or will they just fall back into their old ways?

When I finished this book, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it.  It was a book that left the reader satisfied that the characters had gotten to the place they were supposed to, but sad because they didn’t want that ending.  Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone that is interested, but it wasn’t one of Ellen Hopkins’s best books.  It gives insights into the life of someone that strives to be perfect, but will never get there; a cutter with a family history of mental illness; and one that had their childhood stolen from them and is now struggling with their sexual identity.  So while not everyone can relate to these, it can remind us of how lucky we are and how we need to be thankful for that.  Ellen Hopkins’s writing style is also different from most because she writes in poetic verse, which many will like because it makes the book move faster and uses simple words and dialogue to convey a bigger meaning.

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